Why Not the Pill?

I lived on Earth for only 3 days; that's how long it took me to travel along my mother's fallopian tube and implant in her womb. However, unbeknown to mum, the oral contraceptive pill that she was taking when she conceived me caused the lining of her womb to become dry, arid and hostile to my implantation. Because my mum was on the pill I could not adhere to the wall of her womb and so I passed out of her body virtually unknown. But I do exist, and will always exist, because God made me an eternal being, just like all other conceived humans. What is conceived is human. A human conception is a human person. We all began life at the moment of our conception. A zygote at conception, a blastocyst at implantation, an embryo in the womb, a foetus before birth, a neonate after birth, a baby at infancy, a child at junior school, an adolescent at puberty, an adult at maturity, an octogenarian at 80 â€" but always human whether sleeping, in a coma or fully awake. If someone had squeezed you between his fingers as a zygote or a blastocyst you would not now be alive.

Since Original Sin, the majority of human conceptions fail to implant in their mothers' womb. Most human conceptions naturally miscarry before hardly anyone is aware of them. But I am a true chemical abortion because had my mum not been on the pill, I would have implanted and come to term. The 6 billion people currently on Earth constitute a significant percentage of the minority of human conceptions that DID implant. But, since the use of the pill in the 1960's, literally millions of that minority of human conceptions that would have come to term had mum not been on the pill have died. I'm one of them. And I just wanted you to know, because I'm just as human as you.

While some people still refuse to acknowledge the abortifacient action of the Pill, abortion providers and pharmaceutical companies long ago admitted that the Pill can cause abortions. See The New York Times, 26 April 1989 where the council for Missouri's abortion industry argues that 'the most common forms of birth control … low-dose birth control pills … act as abortifacients.' [HLI Reports, October 2001]. See the Alan Guttmacher report (1999), produced by Planned Parenthood (the biggest abortion provider in the USA). In the report it is admitted that 'oral contraceptives may prevent pregnancy by preventing implantation of a fertilised egg (ie a human being) in the uterus. [Matatics, G. 2000, Wake Up America tape series] But even if all oral contraceptive pills were one day manufactured in such a way as to totally prevent ovulation, and therefore chemical abortions, they would still be immoral. This is because any direct, positive frustration of any phase in the process of conception before, during, or after a voluntary act of intercourse is an action frustrating the proper purpose of human procreation as willed by God.

100,000 surgical abortions occur in Australia every year. 9 out of 10 babies created by the IVF industry have been 'discarded', but hardly anyone mentions me. Please remember me so that there can be less chemical abortions in the future. We'd all rather be born like you. One man who knows about me is John Wilks (B. Pharm). He studies chemical abortions and can approximate how many of us actually die each year. The range in Australia is between 35,000 and 52,000 and he bases this on a known conception rate in Australia of between 20% to 30% in women taking the pill (bpharm@ozemail.com.au). Many mums don't know anything about this sad reality. Some mums might think that chemical abortions only occur with drugs like the Morning After Pill or the Mini Pill. But, ALL oral contraceptive pills are at least potentially abortifacient. No sexually active woman, currently on any contraceptive pill, can be certain that she has not had, albeit unwittingly, at least one chemical abortion.[1] The Pill is also linked to cancer [Nature & Health, Aug 2003]. Thank you for listening to me, and may God bless you."

MIMS is a prescribing drug-guide for doctors published in London. It admits that the combined pills ‘cause the endometrium to become thin and hypoplastic’ ie inhibiting implantation. And in some women who take progestogen-only pills ‘ovulation occurs’ and hence the possibility of conception (Aug 2000, pps. 302, 306) . Therefore, even the most commonly prescribed pills are at least potentially abortifacient.

* Please note that this text should be read in the context of the whole work and in recognition of the appropriate paragraphs of the Catechism of the Catholic Church highlighted in the index.