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New Evangelical Documentary Exposes Abortifacient Qualities of the Birth Control Pill, Promotes NFP
LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/27/09 | Alex Bush

Posted on 05/27/2009 1:16:04 PM PDT by wagglebee

May 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A documentary called “28 Days on the Pill” has been released that seeks expose the abortifacient properties of the birth control pill.  The documentary explains that many forms of birth control pills contain progesterone, which thins the endometrium, the walls of the uterus, which in turn causes it to become inhospitable to a conceived ovum.  This inhospitality may cause a newly conceived human being not to implant in the endometrium and cause an abortion.

The documentary instead promotes the use of Natural Family Planning, which is the use of natural periods of infertility to regulate the number of children a family will have.  “Modern, scientific, Natural Family Planning in every study published today is more effective than the pill, and it doesn't cause abortions,” said Dr. W. Larimore, who was interviewed in the documentary.

Larimore told the interviewer that the pill has “unnatural, high doses of steroids, has potential side effects including a potential breast cancer side effect, and may cause an abortion that you won't even know about until you're in heaven.”

“On the other side, is modern scientific Natural Family Planning - some call it fertility awareness - that's more effective than the pill, doesn't have the side effects of the pill,” Dr. Larimore said.

NFP, he said, “it involves the man and the woman, they have to talk together, they have to pray together, they have to learn together, they have to become one together. No wonder that studies have implied that people who practice NFP have higher satisfaction with marriage, they have more frequent sex, they have more satisfying sex, they have a lower divorce rate.”

 “It's because the whole issue of birth spacing becomes a couples issue.”

The documentary does state that barrier methods, such as condoms, are truly contraceptive, but that there are differing opinions surrounding the morality of them.

The documentary also explores the use of contraception in the Catholic Church.  “One Roman Catholic doctor we talked to said he knew of no Roman Catholic hospital in the United States that did not prescribe [the pill],” said the documentary. “Tremendous pressure can be placed on Roman Catholic doctors to conform.  So what the official teaching is and what is done in practice can be two different things.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly states in paragraph 2399 that “Legitimate intentions on the part of the spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception).”  However, the Catholic Church does allow the use of NFP, provided that the couple is open to becoming pregnant. The Catholic Church also says that couples may only use NFP to intentionally refrain from having a child for a “grave” reason.

Dr. Harnisch, another doctor interviewed in “28 Days on the Pill,” said about the pill: “I believe that any time there is a doubt with something as precious life that we should always err on the side of protecting life, rather than saying 'prove to me that that wasn't alive, so it's dead, so what?  How do you know it ever happened?'"

Dr. Larimore said that he used to think that birth control had no abortifacient properties, saying it was “a bunch of rubbish.”  Dr. J. Stanford, who first informed Dr. Larimore about this aspect of the pill, persisted, asking him to prove that the pill was not an abortifacient.  The result was a study called “Postfertilization Effects of Oral Contraceptives and Their Relationship to Informed Consent.”  This study showed how birth control pills can cause abortions. The study caused a stir among Christian medical groups, such as the Christian Medical and Dental Association, Focus on the Family's Physicians Research Group, and the Catholic Medical Association.

Dr. A. Moell, who was also interviewed, said that when she was taught about contraceptives in medical school, birth control pills were “just another contraceptive, meaning that they prevented conception.”  She was not informed of any abortifacient properties the pill may have.

According to “28 Days on the Pill,” the abortifacient qualities of the pill have been hushed up. The film cites the opposition to the study written by Dr Larimore and Stanford.  Dr. Stanford said that “the pro-choice physicians have no problem” with the abortifacient aspects of the pill because they are “comfortable with prescribing the pill and they don't want to reconsider that.”

While the thinning of the endometrium is explained to physicians in textbooks and manuals, one of the authors of the documentary who went to a health-unit seeking information on the birth control pill received a fact sheet that neglected to mention the thinning of the endometrium of the uterus as an effect of the pill.

According to the documentary, the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), the Canadian Pharmacists Association's drug information resource, and the Physicians Desk Reference, the American standard, mentioned the abortifacient qualities of the pill. But the majority of information given to patients fails to mention it.

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said that doctors shy away from telling their patients about the abortifacient aspects of the pill because “it could lead to awkward questions and lifestyle changes, and it could also put persons in the position of very deep moral reconsideration of what they've taken for granted since the early 1960s."

However, he said that “it is ethically wrong to withhold that information.”

“I am always careful to say that I'm not a medical doctor or pharmacist, I'm a theologian and a pastor, and as a pastor, I would never counsel a couple to use the pill,” Dr. Mohler continued.

Furthermore, the documentary claims that “much of the medical community has changed its definition for when pregnancy begins, which means any hindering of implantation would not be considered an abortion.”

According to L. Powell, a Registered Nurse from London, Ontario, the moment of conception is at implantation of the fertilized ovum in the endometrium.  “I think that is the general consensus,” she said, “It varies from person to person on what conception is.”

“28 Days on the Pill” Website:

http://28daysonthepill.com/

Related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Planned Parenthood in Hysterics over Bush Memo Defining Abortifacient Contraception as Abortion

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jul/08071604.html

Target Pharmacist Fired for Refusing to Dispense Abortifacient Morning-After Pill

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2006/jan/06012703.html

Pro-Life Groups Publish Pamphlet Exposing Dangers of Abortifacient Birth Control

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2003/nov/03111002.html

Abortifacient Contraceptives

http://www.lifesitenews.com/abortiontypes/pillabortion_types.html

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/may/09052707.html


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortifacients; abortion; catholic; contraception; moralabsolutes; nfp; prolife
Dr. Harnisch, another doctor interviewed in “28 Days on the Pill,” said about the pill: “I believe that any time there is a doubt with something as precious life that we should always err on the side of protecting life, rather than saying 'prove to me that that wasn't alive, so it's dead, so what? How do you know it ever happened?'"

This is exactly right!

1 posted on 05/27/2009 1:16:05 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 05/27/2009 1:17:11 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 05/27/2009 1:17:34 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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4 posted on 05/27/2009 1:17:59 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
Do you also oppose barrier methods of birth control such as condoms?

If so then it is disingenuous to claim you are opposing birth control pills due to their abortifacient qualities.

5 posted on 05/27/2009 1:23:16 PM PDT by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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To: allmendream; wagglebee

I wondered how many posts would pass before someone brought up this point.

There’s always someone on FR who can be counted on to erect a strawman. Your post has nothing to do with the point of the article.

If you cannot see the difference between killing an already conceived child and preventing conception, I guess there is no hope for you.

Do you also think that women who miscarry should be charged with manslaughter like your compatriots do?


6 posted on 05/27/2009 1:41:57 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: WKB

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7 posted on 05/27/2009 1:45:15 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom
I do see quite a bit of difference actually, do you?

Women who miscarry should be consoled for their loss.

Who, exactly do you think are “my compatriots” on this issue? Who is advocating that women who miscarry should be charged with a crime? Talk about a strawman.

And if you are against all birth control methods, then raising the specter of the pill being an abortifacient is a red herring as use of the pill would be opposed even if its mode of action was a 100% prevention of fertilization.

8 posted on 05/27/2009 1:47:20 PM PDT by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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Who, exactly do you think are “my compatriots” on this issue? Who is advocating that women who miscarry should be charged with a crime? Talk about a strawman.

I've seen that as the evo position on many a thread.

And if you are against all birth control methods, then raising the specter of the pill being an abortifacient is a red herring as use of the pill would be opposed even if its mode of action was a 100% prevention of fertilization.

The thread is about the abortifacient properties of the pill and that women have been lied to. If there's no conception, there's no abortion. Prevention of fertilization is not the same as killing the baby that has been conceived.

9 posted on 05/27/2009 1:54:30 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom
Ridiculous assertion, please point to a single thread where an “evo” advocating charging a miscarrying woman with manslaughter (and please explain the “logic” behind such an assertion, even if, as expected you are unable to corroborate your claim).

The thread is about birth control. Some people oppose all methods of birth control, even those that prevent fertilization.

It is analogous to those opposed to all forms of capital punishment saying that they oppose electrocution because of the pain involved.

10 posted on 05/27/2009 2:09:54 PM PDT by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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To: wagglebee

THANK GOD THIS IS FINALLY GETTING OUT! I cannot imagine the number of actual abortions in this country, both medicinally induced under the false pretense of birth control pills/patches/shots/implants and surgical abortions. The number must be in the hundreds of millions at this point.


11 posted on 05/27/2009 2:11:58 PM PDT by wombtotomb
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12 posted on 05/27/2009 2:12:13 PM PDT by WKB (From "Handout" to "Bailout")
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The thread is about birth control.

NO, it is about birth control PILLS.

Some people oppose all methods of birth control, even those that prevent fertilization.

And some people oppose eating meat, what does that have to do with this thread?

13 posted on 05/27/2009 2:14:51 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
If a vegetarian group wrote a piece on how eating cows was dangerous because of mad cow disease I would point out that they are being disingenuous, as they oppose the eating of ANY animal at ANY time, even in the absence of disease risk.
14 posted on 05/27/2009 2:18:18 PM PDT by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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To: allmendream; metmom

It has not been suggested that the Evangelicals who prepared this documentary condemn barrier methods of contraception.

Moreover, I am unaware of the Catholic Church ever stating that barrier methods were abortifacients.


15 posted on 05/27/2009 2:25:47 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: metmom
I've seen that as the evo position on many a thread.

You may have seen the question posed as to whether a miscarraige would or could be investigated as a possible homicide under a "life begins at conception" doctrine.

You will not be able to back up the claim that anyone proposed that a miscarraige, in and of itself would be a criminal offense.

16 posted on 05/27/2009 2:26:23 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: tacticalogic

It’s a fine line....


17 posted on 05/27/2009 2:43:27 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom
Its a fine line between someone asking if a miscarriage could or should be treated as a homicide, wrongful death, etc- if one wishes to confer legal rights to the unborn, and advocating criminal penalties for women who suffer miscarriages?

Only if you are blinkeringly stupid is that a fine line.

The person posing the question is obviously AGAINST such an absurd legality as treating a miscarriage as a wrongful death, not advocating the position.

18 posted on 05/27/2009 3:40:07 PM PDT by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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To: metmom
It’s a fine line....

A fine line between asking whether a crime might have been committed, and charging someone with having committed it?

19 posted on 05/27/2009 4:58:11 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: allmendream
The person posing the question is obviously AGAINST such an absurd legality as treating a miscarriage as a wrongful death, not advocating the position.

I have posed the question, to try and get people to look at the unintended consequences of simply saying we are going to extend all the rights and protections afforded any other child to in-vitro fetusus, from the moment of conception.

If you're declaring the use of any drug that causes the death of a fetus to be murder, and a woman obtains these drugs illegally and uses them, then she has committed murder. If a doctor has any reason to believe a child was harmed or killed by the actions of the parent he is legally obligated to report it to the authorities for investigation. Does that apply if he suspects the woman may have illegally used abortificant drugs?

20 posted on 05/27/2009 5:08:37 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: allmendream

Ignore the “in-vitro” in the last post. I had a synapse misfire.


21 posted on 05/27/2009 5:10:22 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: wagglebee

Talk about splitting fine hairs.


22 posted on 05/27/2009 5:38:52 PM PDT by swmobuffalo ("We didn't seek the approval of Code Pink and MoveOn.org before deciding what to do")
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In what way?


23 posted on 05/27/2009 5:47:48 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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The minute you advocate investigating every miscarriage as a possible homicide, you open the door to all kinds of speculations, false accusations, and government investigation for a common natural occurrance.

Deciding that life begins at conception does not make every woman a potential murderer needing investigation. At that point, you give the government unlimited opportunity to charge any female with a crime whenever they have it in for someone.

Not to mention the ridiculous amount of time tying up the court system for nothing.

All in all, it’s a ridiculous argument to use against the life begins at conception stand.

The only reason to argue that life does not begin at conception is to justify abortion.


24 posted on 05/27/2009 6:56:58 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: allmendream

The only reason to oppose the life begins at conception position is to justify abortion.

It was believed that life began at conception for ages, until the pro-abortionists wanted to make abortion less offensive. And all during that time, no one ever considered women who had miscarriages as potential murderers.

It’s a fine line in that it is too easy to cross if someone is looking to get someone with something.

Life begins at conception.

The fertilized egg is growing, it contains human DNA. It’s a living, growing human being. But arguing against that definition is a liberal, pro-abortion position.

Period.


25 posted on 05/27/2009 7:04:23 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

Who is arguing that life doesn’t begin at conception?

It was your irrational tangent accusing me of wanting to charge women who had miscarriages with murder just because I asked a question about barrier methods of birth control.


26 posted on 05/27/2009 8:18:43 PM PDT by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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To: metmom
The minute you advocate investigating every miscarriage as a possible homicide, you open the door to all kinds of speculations, false accusations, and government investigation for a common natural occurrance.

Apparently it's not going to be possible to get you to consent to a careful examination of existing law and how it could be applied or misapplied by an overzealous prosecutor under a "life begins at conception" doctrine.

There isn't going to be an consideration of possible unintended consequences.

27 posted on 05/28/2009 4:53:58 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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