Contraception

Overview


In the minds of many pro-lifers, abortion and contraception are entirely separate issues. But without the notion of "unwanted" children that the contraceptive mentality fosters, there would be no abortion. In fact, many forms of hormonal birth control can be abortifacient (cause early chemical abortions) by obstructing the implantation of the newly formed human embryo in his or her mother's womb. After more than 30 years of killing through surgical abortion, and now with the new breed of chemical abortifacients such as Plan B, the Ortho Evra Patch, and Depo-Provera, the link between abortion and contraception is undeniable. Professor Janet Smith describes the contraceptive mentality in this way:

The connection between contraception and abortion is primarily this: Contraception facilitates the kind of relationships and even the kind of attitudes and moral character that are likely to lead to abortion. The contraceptive mentality treat sexual intercourse as though it had little connection with babies; it thinks of babies as an "accident" of intercourse, as an unwelcome intrusion into a sexual relationship, as a burden. The sexual revolution has no fondness - nor room for - the connection between sexual intercourse and babies..."

("The Connection Between Contraception and Abortion" [Homiletic and Pastoral Review, April, 1993)

Pro-Life Wisconsin is opposed to all forms of artificial contraception. We support only natural methods of spacing the births of children. The contraceptive mentality views pregnancy as a "disease" state against which women must be "protected" at all costs - even at the cost of their own health and the lives of their unborn babies. Abortion simply becomes backup contraception. The Unites States Supreme Court went so far as to enshrine the contraceptive mentality in law in its landmark Planned Parenthood vs. Casey decision in 1992.

Please educate yourself about the deadly connection between contraception and abortion and spread this truth with love and patience.

 

‚ÄčThe Rising Tide of Chemical Abortion


By Peggy Hamill, State Director Emeritus, Pro-Life Wisconsin

As we strive to advance The Gospel of Life, we must pause to take a numbing reality check. Since abortion was legalized in this country, more than 53 million preborn children have been slaughtered through induced abortion. Beyond the recorded numbers, we can only imagine the additional hundreds of millions of children who continue to perish through abortifacient hormonal birth control drugs and devices, including the so-called morning-after pill.

The most recently released abortion statistics for our own state indicate that in 2009, abortions in Wisconsin rose. In fact, the total number of babies reported to have been killed in 2009 in our state was 8,542, an increase of 313 over 2008. This marks the first increase since 2003. According to these statistics a staggering 27%, or 2,251 of that 2009 total, were "chemically induced (any non-surgical procedure including oral, injected and vaginally inserted chemicals)." That's the equivalent of the chemical extermination of approximately 50 school buses full of children.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state's leading abortion provider, advocates increased access to birth control and the morning-after pill to curtail the rise in abortion. They are even lobbying for free birth control as basic health care under ObamaCare. This would only fuel an already out-of-control epidemic of sexual promiscuity, STDs, teen pregnancies, and, of course, abortion.

In fact, the growing dependence on, and widespread availability of, pre-implantation abortifacient birth control has resulted in an increased demand for post-implantation chemical abortions. When birth control and the morning-after pill fail to eliminate the "problem," post-implantation chemical abortion (RU-486) is seen as a speedy, convenient "solution."

There is now a new form of birth control named "Ella" that contains ulipristal acetate, an embryo-lethal chemical identical to the one found in mifepristone, the active ingredient in RU-486. Billed as an "emergency contraceptive," Ella is recommended for use up to 5 days after intercourse. However, ulipristal acetate can cause a post-implantation chemical abortion. Ulipristal can be detected in reproductive tissue up to two weeks after ingestion. Clearly there is no separation between hormonal birth control and abortion. The current trend toward chemical abortion is concrete proof that there is no room in the battle against abortion for neutrality on birth control.

Pro-Life Wisconsin's lonely battle against the abortion industry's birth control agenda is increasingly intense at the State Capitol. We are forced by Planned Parenthood to lobby against government-funded birth control, coerced insurance coverage of contraceptives, and forced contraception education and instruction in our public schools. Accordingly, Pro-Life Wisconsin's 2011-2012 legislative agenda includes, in part, the following items:

  • Eliminating state "family planning" funding for organizations (including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin) that perform or refer for abortion;
  • Enacting comprehensive conscience protections for all individual health care providers, including pharmacists;
  • Repealing the new sexual education law that forces contraception education and instruction into public school human growth and development programs.

It all starts with the contraceptive mentality, which leads to the use of birth control, which leads to a dependence on abortion, especially chemical abortion, as back-up contraception. The pro-life community instinctively knows this, but very few of us have the courage to say it and do something about it. Regardless, Pro-Life Wisconsin will endeavor to turn back the rising chemical abortion tide and the entire contraceptive/abortion mentality.

Resources

The Language of Love: A Letter to Families and Health Care Providers
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Documentary: Sweetening the Pill
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Contraception: What the Church teaches
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Video: You Deserve to Know the Truth About Contraception
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Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution
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The Contraception Contradiction
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