There it is, staring me in the face on my commute to work everyday: A billboard with the slogan “Birth Control makes my other choices possible”. It’s by Planned Parenthood, of course (I should come up with a nickname here!). And one has to stop any wonder just what choices is birth control giving this girl with the big smile on her face?
Is it giving her the choice of which sexual partner to have? Whether to have sex on a date? Which STD she’ll pick up on her outing? Whether or not she’ll be used? How the baby that was conceived within her will never have a chance to live because the birth control is causing it not to implant? What choices?
The problem with birth control is the fact that what it does is not always explained. You see, birth control contains hormones that cause the woman’s body to react differently than normal. But it does not prevent conception in all cases. In the case that conception occurs, the baby is not able to implant on the womb walls (in all cases) and is just eliminated. However, even that doesn’t always happen and you can still have the baby.
And why is this a big problem? Because evangelicals are all behind birth control while saying they’re against abortion. In fact, they tout is as a good way to maintain the right family size and keep abortion off the table. Except they don’t tell you that abortion does not just happen with a doctor, a cold table and a vacuum cleaner, it also happens naturally when the baby cannot attach to the womb.
So, there are possibly thousands of babies out there being aborted by people that believe that abortion is wrong and they don’t even know it.
To make matters more complicated, these same people are sending a mixed message. They come out and preach the values of abstinence before marriage and great sex in it as a means to protect against abortion, but then they flip the coin around and say that you should have birth control in marriage to stop conception. They end up being anti-baby in the marriage case, and pro-baby in teen case which is really confusing and inconsistent.
Hence the reason for the billboard: Planned Parenthood knows that a good way to beat the Pro-Life movement is to get it to war against itself, and the chosen battlefield is Birth Control. You see, different Christian denominations have different beliefs (and who knows to what degree these stands are medically informed) about what kind of birth control (if any) should be practiced. PP knows that if they take this issue on– one that’s popular with many and doesn’t have the ethical concerns because you can’t see the baby– then they can try to drive a wedge in what seems to be a good strong head of steam for pro-life causes and positions.
What’s important for us to realize is that they are attempting this, and what Birth Control does. Don’t take my word for it– ask your OB/GYN doctor what exactly birth control does, and think hard about what side you are on.