Hey Mom & Dad,
Just wanted to let you know what I do in my free time haha… this is an article that infuriates me and I wrote a response that I thought you’d enjoy, so here’s a link to the article, a couple quotes & my response:
“The human body naturally performs “abortions” almost 20% of the time.” …
“If you believe that a zygote is a human, you actually kill more babies by refusing to take birth control.”
- So obviously this article made me mad… so I had to respond with:
The term “abortion” refers to any artificially induced premature expulsion of a human fetus, whereas when the body naturally induces premature expulsion of a fetus, which this article maintains happens 20%, it is a miscarriage. In each case, YES- a new life is terminated and the zygote dies, but they are undeniably two very different things. In the situation where a woman is on birth control, she has the intention of terminating that new life, while in the case of a miscarriage, she does not.
This article points out that the woman’s body ends up naturally “reject[ing] 18% of fertilized eggs,” and uses the fact that the body naturally rejects fertlilized eggs in some circumstances, often for reasons unknown, in order to suggest that the . Equating the occurrence of a miscarriage to the action of deliberately taking a pill in full knowledge that “breakthrough ovulation” is possible AND that the oral contraceptive you are taking works to cause your body to reject a zygote in the event that an egg is fertilized [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu…
], is just downright disrespectful
A miscarriage, by definition, is NOT the intended result of any action the mother took. It is ignorant to apply the moral quality of the action of taking an oral contraceptive, no matter the amount of occurrences of “breakthrough ovulation” & post-fertilization abortion “per 100 women taking oral contraceptives,” if but one “fertilized egg is… dispel[led],” the moral name for the action is abortion. So I completely disagree with the statement “you actually kill more babies by refusing to take birth control” because what happens when a mother experiences a miscarriage is NOT the killing of a baby, but the result of a natural occurrence within the body that has nothing to do with any sort of intervention by the mother.
What I think is tragic in our society today is that many people don’t even know that the female body– by itself, without any artificial hormones– has a powerful and natural way of spacing births and avoiding pregnancy at certain times for various different reasons. This is such a shame because it is SO AMAZING
to see and understand how the natural fertility cycle of a woman’s body works. It is something that all men & women can and SHOULD
come to understand by looking into how Natural Family Planning (NFP) / Fertility Awareness Methods work. People decide not to pay any attention to natural methods of birth control out of sheer laziness or selfishness– or perhaps because of society’s relentless obsession with perpetuating the objectification of women, I don’t know– and settle for the Creighton Method– PLEASE KNOW THAT I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT THE “RHYTHM METHOD”- HUGE difference
— has been found to be 98.8% method effective and 98.0% use effective [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu…
] in avoiding pregnancy).
My problem with birth control
is not just that it works as an abortifacient– which as the article itself acknowledges, along with many other sources [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu…
]– but that its use by people today not only encourages destructive and irresponsible behavior but also regards the female body as being bad in itself
, which it is not. The way artificial contraceptives are used today basically reduces the incredible natural process of a woman’s fertility cycle to something that needs to be “fixed” or “controlled,”
as Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger suggests in Chapter 5 of her book, Woman and the New Race
, entitled “The Wickedness of Creating Large Families.” The widespread availability of birth control has also made it that much easier for men to take women for granted, and it increases the likelihood (both psychologically and physiologically) that he will fail to appreciate the beauty of the female body. When a woman is on the pill, it basically gives a man the freedom to get what they want without worrying about the dreaded “consequence” of there being any possibility that he might be tied down in a relationship with one woman for the rest of his life.
I love the idea of using fertility awareness throughout my life to avoid pregnancy rather than settling for artificial forms of birth control because it is so *empowering* for me as a woman to be able to understand how my body can NATURALLY accomplish all of the things that artificial birth control tries to do– just WITHOUT any of the disastrous side effects. That concept is SO COOL to me. But the biggest and most important reason that I look forward to being able to practice Natural Family Planning with my future husband one day is because of the incredible benefits that come with the comparably small sacrifices you make in working together as a couple to achieve or avoid pregnancy naturally– the way it should be done.