I have a fear when it comes to birth control. It’s not just the whole “you could be aborting your own child” fear– though that is very real. I fear that we are going to find out soon that those ladies that opted to mess with their hormones in order to try to keep from being pregnant are going to have serious long term consequences.
First things first. Doug had a brilliant comment on the topic of Delaying Parenthood:
I think its worth noting in this thread (I think it was mentioned in the referenced thread), that most forms of birth control are actually abortion. Many Christians looking to delay their pregnancy use any of the methods that their D[octor] recommends without looking into what the method actually does. Many forms of birth control are centered around the concept of keeping a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus (Whether that be something blocking it from doing so, or convincing your body you’re already pregnant so it won’t prepare for it to implant). In the process they abort the could-be-baby. As a result the process of “delaying” is really the process of “exterminating”
This is something that we’ve said many times– simply because it says that it does not permit pregnancy does not mean that it does not kill the baby (the fertilized egg).
But what I alluded to in the introduction is something not quite so concrete. If you’ve read any of the labels on modern contraception you’ve no doubt seen that there is a period of time after you’ve stopped taking the pill or other hormone drug where you cannot become pregnant. Bethanie at The Desire of My Heart is sharing her story of what is happening in her life as far as pregnancy— and what scares me is to think that her ovarian cyst and birth control may be linked:
Sometime in late summer 2003 I went off the pill. In October I was late. “Man”, I thought, “That was easy”. I had expected it might take a year and I was anticipating the wait. I did my figuring and I could be 5 weeks along. We were going to wait until 6 weeks to go to the doctor. But, of course we all but shouted it from the mountain tops that we were sure we were pregnant.
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Somehow, we managed to get the X-ray tech. to tell us that she didn’t see a baby. You know how there not supposed to say anything. I had to stay there at the hospital while they faxed the pictures to my doctor. She called the hospital just to talk to me. She said that I ovarian cysts. She said that one of them was so big that it needed to be removed.
Something tells me that these hormone therapies effect women in unpredictable ways– and may even harm the children when the hormone is still in her system but she’s ceased taking it.