Confessions of a Murderer
“16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” – Prov 6:16-19
Women that have abortions are often vilified. We tend to look at them like, “How could you kill your baby?” but we don’t realize we may be abortionists also. The difference is that those that go to clinics got caught and performed theirs openly while ours were done more frequently and in secret even if done in ignorance. The problem is that whether knowing or unknowing, we are responsible for the lives God entrusts to us. God says “hands that shed innocent blood” are an abomination to Him. Will He hold us guiltless for murder?
We are all pretty familiar with the basics of how abortion works. What very few of us realize is that many of our birth control methods cause our bodies to abort our babies. While abortions count for approximately 1.4 million deaths of unborn children a year, abortifacients count for up to 12 million deaths a year.
When does life begin? – Doctors, scientists and most professionals recognize that life begins at conception. At conception, the tiny child receives 23 chromosomes from the father and 23 chromosomes from the mother to make up the complete DNA structure the child will have for his entire life. At that point, the child just needs nourishment and protection to complete growth. “Pregnancy” occurs up to 14 days later once the embryo (fertilized egg) implants, or attaches, to complete this first stage of life inside its mother.
Contraceptive – A device, drug, or chemical agent that prevents conception
Abortion – (biology) the arrested development of an embryo or an organ at a more or less early stage; (medical dictionary) expulsion (spontaneous or induced) of a human fetus at any time before completion of pregnancy
Abortifacient – abortion-inducing drug; a drug or device used to cause abortion
Most of us are unfamiliar with the term “abortifacient”; however, many of us use or have used these birth control methods to prevent pregnancies. Let me explain how these work using one of the most common chemical preventions known – the pill.
The birth control pill works by three main functions.
1) Convince the body that it’s already pregnant/prevent maturation of eggs. If no egg is released, then no fertilization can take place and prevents conception.
2) Thickens the mucous to prevent passage of sperm so it cannot fertilize an egg and prevents conception.
3) If either of the first two don’t work, then the final method is to prevent an unwanted birth. The lining of the uterine wall is thinned and prevents the fertilized egg/embryo from implanting which aborts the baby. The uterus acts as a hostile environment to an already developing baby to prevent it from attaching and thus causes the baby to die (in this case, by starvation because it has no way to receive nourishment to grow). The embryo is flushed out of the body with the woman’s cycle.
The morning after pill and emergency pills are stronger birth control pills which are given to women shortly after intercourse to thin the lining of the uterus so any fertilized egg cannot attach to the mother. Additionally, sometimes ectopic pregnancies occur because a function of the pill is to slow down the travel of an egg down the fallopian tube which causes the embryo to die of starvation because it doesn’t make it to the uterus in time to attach to feed and grow, or it attaches and surgical abortion becomes necessary to save the mother‘s life.
Birth control pills, IUDs, norplant, depo provera, anti-pregnancy vaccines and several chemical methods have an abortifacient component.
I went to several websites to read the package inserts and see what information is written for the consumer to know. The package insert https://www.thepill.com/sites/default/files/pdf/Tri-Cyclen_Lo_PI.pdf#zoom=100 doesn’t explain “how” the pill works or describe it in the patient insert. Watch this slideshow video on the website that “explains” how the pill works. http://www.thepill.com/aboutortho-how It states, “taking the pill causes the lining of the uterus to change which makes it hard for an egg to be implanted”. Notice it says “egg” and makes no indication that the “egg” is fertilized and is now an embryo, which gives the impression that no conception has taken place because there is no technical pregnancy (implantation).
Under information for the Nuva Ring, the consumer information speaks of not allowing eggs to mature and being similar to the pill (meaning if you don’t realize it prevents implantation, you’d never know the ring does the same). The product information doesn’t indicate one of the ways it prevents pregnancy is to cause embryonic abortions. http://www.nuvaring.com/Consumer/index.asp
Depo Provera – The website was down when I was researching. I used this site to look up some information about the shot. http://www.birth-control-comparison.info/the-shot Notice these two sentences. “Depo Provera causes the cervical mucus to thicken and changes the uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to enter or survive in the uterus. These changes prevent fertilization.” Change in the uterine lining is only necessary after fertilization because it’s to prevent implantation. It purposely leaves out the fact that if the sperm meets with the egg and fertilizes, the back up method causes the newly created baby to die and wash out with menses.
Pfizer, the maker of this shot (http://media.pfizer.com/files/products/ppi_depo_provera_contraceptive.PDF) downplays this fact also by stating it changes the lining of the uterus making pregnancy less likely (bottom of page 1). They take the time to explain why it’s important for an egg not to be released but gloss over how the change in lining makes the body a hostile environment.
***The above link is still here in case it ever comes back up. Since so many complaints were made about the health problems, it updated in 2011 and posted this information. I find it interesting that of the 6 pages they have written for patient information (starting on page 17), not one sentence describes “how” it works – only that pregnancy shouldn’t occur. “If” it does, birth defects shouldn’t occur. On page 12, they report no “pregnancies” were reported (under clinical studies 14.1 – Contraception) but do not note if “conception” occurred. This 23-page pdf documents actually spends most of its space commenting on the horrible side effects and stressing the fact that it should not be used for more than 2 years. http://labeling.pfizer.com/ShowLabeling.aspx?id=522
By the numbers, it appears that even while using these methods, we ovulate about 50% of the time (up to 100% with an IUD http://www.lifeissues.org/abortifacients/IUD.html). Pregnancy still occurs using all of these methods which indicates, there are probably a much higher rate of silent abortions happening because consumers are not fully informed of how the products work. We are told they are birth control – which is true….they prevent the BIRTH of a child. However, placing them under contraceptives and not describing their abortifacient properties is deceptive and not fair to us. This doesn’t include the potential side effects that can occur due to use of these products.
http://www.pregnantpause.org/abort/untold.htm – They Never Told Us That Our Birth Control May Be Killing our Pre-Born Babies
http://www.prolife.com/BIRTHCNT.html – Birth Control Pill Causes Abortions
http://www.lifeandlibertyministries.com/archives/000186.php – Abortifacient Contraceptives
I was sick and so hurt to learn about the truth behind these methods. There’s no way to know how many potential children have been lost, how our lives might have been changed, what damage we actually did trusting the medical community to fully inform us. After prayer and introspection, I move forward armed with more knowledge than I had previously.
Please get as much detailed information as possible regarding what chemicals and devices you consider using. In addition to possibly aborting your child, some of the side effects include miscarriage later, sterilization and major complications that are often not discussed because “they rarely happen”. Some of the women affected by these rare side effects are involved in class action law suits and dealing with lifelong problems.
Conception and pregnancy are two separate activities in the life of an unborn child. If God did not approve of sacrificing children to idols and does not approve of abortions (idolatry of self), I have to wonder how He is grieved when He sees a life He formed die inside our wombs because we made sure the baby could not attach and grow. I share this with you so that we may no longer be uniformed and no longer misled about the hidden evil of these methods.
(Originally posted 2010)
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