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"By carefully detailing the available medical information concerning the abortifacient effects of oral contraceptives, Randy Alcorn has developed a logical and thoughtful challenge to every prolife person. The conclusions of this study are scientifically accurate. Birth control pills usually prevent pregnancy, but sometimes they cause an abortion. Questions? Objections? Randy has addressed them in a gentle but firm way. This is the manner in which the often fiery debate over prolife subjects should be carried out- unemotionally, intelligently and quietly. The evidence is before us . . . 'How should we then live?'" -- Patrick D. Walker, M.D., Professor of Pathology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

"From medical textbooks and pharmacy references, to statements from the Pill-manufacturers themselves, this book proves, beyond any doubt, the abortion-causing action of birth control pills. This book should be read by everyone interested in knowing the truth." -- Paul L. Hayes, M.D., Board Certified Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians/Gynecologists

"I endorse Randy Alcorn's book with gusto. He has answered the title question with the care and compassion of a pastor, having searched out the facts with the diligence of an experienced researcher. He has provided all women in their reproductive years with an invaluable resource which will allow them to be fully informed about the birth control pill." -- William F. Colliton, Jr., M.D., Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, George Washington University Medical Center

From the Author

After coming to grips with the importance of this issue, and hearing conflicting opinions for the last few years, I determined to research this question thoroughly and communicate my findings, whether or not I liked what I found. I wanted, and still want, the answer to this question to be "No." I came to this issue as a skeptic. Though I heard people here and there make an occasional claim that the Pill caused abortions, I learned long ago not to trust everything said by sincere Christians, who are sometimes long on zeal but short on careful research.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Eternal Perspective Ministries; 8th Revised & enlarged edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970001606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970001603
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Randy Alcorn is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God's Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying the biblical truth.

Before starting EPM in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has an MA degree in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and has taught on the adjunct faculties of both.

A New York Times bestselling author, Randy has written more than forty books, including Courageous, Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home. His books in print exceed seven million and have been translated into over fifty languages. Randy has written for many magazines including EPM's issues-oriented magazine Eternal Perspectives. He is active daily on Facebook and Twitter, has been a guest on more than 700 radio, television and online programs including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, Revive Our Hearts, The Bible Answer Man, and The Resurgence.

Randy resides in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife, Nanci. They have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research, and reading.

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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Wagner on July 21, 2001
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I must admit that I read this book with vested interests. My wife and I had been using the pill for a while so that I could finish graduate school before we had children (I am getting a Master's in theology as a Southern Baptist preacher). However, the strong empirical and logical arguments from this book changed my mind concerning the effects of all BCPs (birth control pills). I promise you that if you read this book and evaluate the research and examine the cogency of Alcorn's arguments with an objective mindset, you will be convinced of the abortifacent effects of BCPs. As a Christian and strong pro-life advocate, I cannot ignore the valid research which strongly suggests that BCPs are not only contraceptive in nature, but also abortifacent. I encourage to read this book very carefully.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grateful for Grace on October 14, 2011
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Well thought-out, well-researched.

Before my husband and I married, I looked for the answer to this question, and got a nice pat on the hand and, "Go ahead, sweetie; it's okay," from Focus on the Family. With such heavyweights giving us the counsel that there was probably nothing to worry about, we went on the pill without any concern. So, for a year and a half, my husband and I used the pill, and we will regret it for eternity.

How many of our own children did we unintentionally abort? We pray that it was none, but we have absolutely no way of knowing for sure. That is STAGGERING.

I encourage every pro-life person to read this book, so that you can make an INFORMED decision for yourself. You can decide how to interpret the evidence, but if you never receive the evidence, you cannot possibly weight it wisely - therefore, you cannot possibly make a good decision! When we stand before the LORD in eternity, "I didn't want to read the book, so I didn't know," is not going to cut it. It's a short book, a quick read, and no pro-lifer should have anything to do with the pill without having first received this information.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Micheli on August 9, 2005
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After reading this book, I could not see any woman with biblical morals wanting to continue or consider taking the pill. Randy Alcorn has definately invested much time and research into this book. After doing much research my self, I found the drug companies themselves do not refute the fact that the pill and other homonal birth control methods (shot, patch, etc.) alters the lining of the uterus so much so that implantation is impossible in most cases. I do not beleive Mr. Alcorn had any agenda planned. He himself states in the book that his original intention in writting this book was to prove that the pill does not cause abortions, but all the information he ran across proved to show that it does in fact cause abortions. I believe Mr. Alcorn spoke very acuratley about the "morning after pill" which many consider to be an early abortion (due to it's main action to prevent implantation of a newly created human) is nothing more than an extra strong dose of birth control pills. If you don't believe Mr. Alcorn, just look at the drug companies websites (which he encourages readers to do in his book), they state clearly the effect they have on the edometrial lining of the uterus. The lining of the uterus has EVERYTHING to do with wether or not a fertilized egg attaches. Research shows that the minimal endometrial thickness required to maintain a pregnancy ranges from 5-13mm while the average woman taking the pill has an average thickness of 1.1mm. This book is a must read for those who profess to be prolife and are using the pill, or other homonal contraceptions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on April 29, 2012
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if you are ever in denial or have never looked into brith control pills you should read this and know the truth. Too many christians are mad at the world for choosing abortion,and do not even realize what they are doing themselves.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mommie4jc on September 15, 2005
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In this book Randy Alcorn is honestly looking for answers with an open mind. Counseling newly married couples in the past and suggesting that they use birth control pills for the first few years of marriage; he was searching for the truth, not wanting to lead anyone astray.

AND he did find the truth.

A must read for any woman!!

Read with an open mind and you will be surprised at what Mr. Alcorn found.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Olgren on January 22, 2003
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Randy Alcorn spells out exactly how the pill works with this booklet. He explains not just "his opinion," but research, including what the manufacturers of the pill themselves will tell you about the pill if you ask the right questions.
I found out this information probably a year or two before I ever read this pamphlet. In that time, I shared it with others, either on or contemplating the use of the pill. The reactions I got to it were often negative. Arguments and justifications for the use of the pill were offered to me, but none really held up.
That's where the value of this pamphlet comes in. Alcorn has heard those justifications, too. He brings them up himself and refutes them. But his style is not an in your face, confrontational approach. Rather, he uses gentle persuasion on a very sensitive subject, coming across not as a judge (he reveals that the pill was once his uninformed method of choice), but as another person who understands the desire for birth control, and the responsibility to go about it correctly.
This is a great booklet to use, both for those unsure of what they think of the pill, and even to persuade someone who is pretty sure it is okay. He doesn't call the birth control user a heartless murderer. He gently persuades them that sometimes the results of hormonal birth control are something other than the user intended.
I highly recommend this booklet to anyone willing to consider the possibilities about birth control, and to anyone considering the use of hormones to avoid pregnancy. If you are going to make that choice, be sure it is an informed one. This is a great way of getting that information.
Another good book by Alcorn as well, with similar methods of persuasion, is Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments. Both are well worth reading. In fact, it was while researching that book that Alcorn opened the pandora's box of hormonal birth control.
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