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Is the Pill Abortifacient?
§ The Pill is an abortifacient chemical because it at times interferes with pregnancy after conception has occurred. Specifically, the Pill sometimes acts to prevent uterine implantation of the human person already created at fertilization. There is no way to determine in advance when the Pill will act in this manner, but when it does act to prevent implantation, it causes the death of a nearly week old child.
§ The federal Food and Drug Administration has required patient package leaflets
to inform prescribing physicians of this mode of action and Pill promoters have boasted
of the Pill's effectiveness in preventing implantation. Nevertheless, some of these
same promoters also claim that the Pill causes no abortions. They say this based
on the false premise that conception occurs at the time of implantation rather than
at fertilization and, tragically, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
has since 1965 promoted public acceptance of this falsehood. In that year, as population
controllers sought support for the new methods of birth control that could prevent
uterine implantation, ACOG formally redefined "conception" as meaning implantation
rather than fertilization. The history of this change in definitions can be read
in "A Declaration of Life by Pro-
§ That this redefinition is still in use can be seen in the ACOG article "How Your Baby Grows During Pregnancy" http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq156.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20120614T2039558137
and in the M.D. reviewed article "What if Hormonal Birth Control Fails and Ovulation Occurs Anyway?"
§ Some pro-
§ Approaching the turn of the century, some physicians responded to these efforts by disputing that the Pill can prevent implantation. The resulting debate among physicians produced studies reinforcing the original determination that the Pill derives part of its efficacy through mechanisms that interfere with implantation:
"Postfertilization Effects of Oral Contraceptives and Their Relationship to Informed Consent"
Breast Cancer: Its link to Abortion and the Birth Control Pill, appendix five
§ In this latter work, Dr. Kahlenborn concludes, "As of today, the most accurate description of the current evidence is as follows: All of the evidence on a microscopic, a macroscopic and an immunological level strongly support the argument that OCP use causes an early abortion at times. Until further studies are done, we should take heed and act upon the current data." As a final watch word, a reading of the principles motivating the annual March for Life reminds us that any doubt must be resolved in favor of action that will protect and preserve a human life:
March for Life, Life Principles, http://www.marchforlife.org/education/life-