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Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions? Paperback – Unabridged, January 1, 2007
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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
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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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I will say that it is a start in the right direction for investigating what it is that is causing the pills effectiveness. I found a few errors in the research though:
1)Breakthrough ovulation rates are not researched adequately. The most accurate figure (2%) comes from 1984. The samplings appear to be rather small in some studies, making it statistically unreliable. Also, the distinction between faithful pill takers (take the pill everyday on time) and lazy pill takers is never studied. It has been hypothesized that breakthrough ovulation is most likely to occur in inconsistent pill takers. We are never shown the different breakthrough ovulation rates for consistent and inconsistent pill takers, this makes "breakthrough ovulation" hard to believe for true pill takers.
2) The secondary effect of the birth control pill is to make cervical mucus inhospitable. Yet Alcorn's book never fully investigates how effective of a contraceptive the COC (combined-oral-contraceptive) pill is in this respect. He cites a study done on rabbits (which is hardly reliable). More should be done to find out how inhospitable cervical mucus on the pill actually is to sperm. And the distinction should be made once again between consistent users and inconsistent users.
3) Alcorn jumps to conclusions using theoretical data drawn up from Doctors who are opposed to the pill to begin with. At least Alcorn realizes that these figures are not reliable and just drawn up. He also says that the pill can cause chromosomal abnormalities years after it has been taken. I have a hard time believing that the pill can sometime alter your eggs chromosomes and make you more likely to have a down syndrome child (or a child with any chromosomal abnormality). This is not logical.
4) I don't think it has been researched enough to really make a conclusion one way or the other regarding the pill. I believe that COC DOES suppress ovulation if taken consistently. I speak from personal experience. A woman can usually spot signs of ovulation and I used the pill consistently for 3 years. I never had any signs of ovulation, but since I took the pill every day at the same time I suppressed ovulation because of it. After I got off the pill I started tracking my cycle and I noted the signs that I was ovulating. I never experienced any of these symptoms while taking the pill so I know that with me it suppressed ovulation.
I think breakthrough ovulation is probably something you would see more often in an inconsistent pill taker. If a pill taker is inconsistent then there is a more significant possibility that the pill acts as an abortifacient. However you'd be hard pressed to find a consistent pill taker that breakthrough ovulates on a regular basis. I think more research should be done on this, it needs to.
Hope you read with open mind and heart.
Catholic anti-abortionists have long been frustrated by their fellow anti-abortionists who do not share their opposition to contraception, and by the common use of contraception by American Catholics, a majority of whom (more than ninety percent, according to some polls) flagrantly ignore the teachings of their Church on this suject. This book is a pretty transparent attempt to rope pro-contraception anti-abortionists into the Catholic anti-contraception camp.