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I realize I am risking losing readership here, because oftentimes people will not return to a site if they disagree even once with the poster. You can feel free to disagree with me (comments welcome!), but please back up your statements.
Some of you still with me? Okay, here goes…
If I had a soapbox, it would be: Pro-life women using birth control.
Some do it in ignorance (who can blame them when some of them have been on it since they were teens for acne?); some CHOOSE to use it despite their knowledge, and therefore should not be able to call themselves pro-life. The reason for this? The secondary property of chemical birth control (read: The Pill, IUDs, Depo-Provera, Norplant, etc.) methods is abortifacient. Meaning it kills babies.
“I want to surrender my life to God, but not that part of it…”
What other options are there, you ask?
Natural family planning.
Husband and I were completely ignorant about this. I would have gone into marriage using The Pill, because hello? That’s what everyone did! However, we learned about NFP by listening to a couple interviewed on a Christian talk show the summer we got engaged. Their book is here. Our minds were enlightened, and we knew we could not go the planned route. We used NFP until we were ready to have a baby. The ignoramus of a doctor I went to for my pre-marriage physical had this to say about NFP (after I told him I wouldn’t be needing a birth control prescription): “You know what they call people who use NFP, don’t you? Parents!”
I wanted to punch him in the face, but I held it together. NFP is great for the woman who wants to get to know her body well. I got to the point where I could tell I was fertile just by my temperatures, but not everyone gets there. Some women don’t have as strong of a temp sign.
Now that you’re informed, you might still be one of those who chooses to continue using a contraceptive/abortifacient. But please, don’t call yourself pro-life.
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