They Are Coming for Your Birth Control: How Do You Know Your Man Really Loves You Unless He Abstains?

Note: Think that anti-choice politicians and activists aren’t trying to outlaw contraception?  Think again.  Follow along in an ongoing series that proves beyond a doubt that they really are coming for your birth control.

Abort! Abort! Abort… taking your pill, that is.

According to Evelyn Montreuil, former nurse and founder of a Right to Life chapter in Idaho, birth control pills allow for “breakthrough ovulation” that will create fertilized eggs that don’t implant in the uterus, causing an “abortion.” Her source for this fact? No, not her medical training. A book written by an Irish pharmacist who hasn’t worked in the industry since 1993, and available only through Human Life International, which argues that “marriage is happier and holier when couples give up contraception of all kinds and put Christ at the centre of their marriage.

So what is Montreuil’s solution for avoiding those alleged abortions caused by hormonal contraceptives? Natural family planning, of course. Via the CDA Press:

The spacing of children does not require contraception. The woman’s egg lives only 24 hours. the man’s sperm up to 5 days. Thus they can conceive about 1 week out of the monthly cycle. By abstaining from sex during the fertile time pregnancy is avoided. And believe it or not Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder. The woman knows her man loves her when he abstains.

The “breakthrough ovulation” rates touted by anti-choice activists and physicians often refer to outdated studies, older versions of the medication, as well as their own personal bias. Even some “pro-life” physicians agree that the hormonal-contraception-as-abortifacient argument is less than scientifically sound. A discussion of why the “birth control is an abortion” meme is not completely sound can be found on the Association of Pro-life Physicians website, but this simple summary from their director wraps up the real position perfectly:

Personally, I think it is possible that hormonal contraceptives cause abortions by preventing implantion of an embryo into the uterus, but unlikely. They probably do not. I think the “hostile endometrium theory” greatly underestimates the effect of the corpeus luteum to overcome the endometrium-thinning effect of the exogenous hormone.

However, there are other reasons that one can be against hormonal contraception. I believe that it conflicts with the testimony of God’s Word that children are desirable and “a blessing” from God (Psalm 127). Thus, I personally do not prescribe hormonal contraceptives, but neither do I condemn those who do.

In other words, we just want to control your sexual relations to fit in with our worldview.

So you had better get ready for your week (or more) of celibacy. After all, they are coming for your birth control.

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  • give-em-hell-mary

    “the man’s sperm up to 5 days. Thus they can conceive about 1 week out of the monthly cycle. By abstaining from sex during the fertile time pregnancy is avoided. And believe it or not Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.”

    These nutters should be charged with medical malpractice!  Sperm can live 10 days, women ovulate 2 and 3 times per month, leaving no infertile cycle, and semen contains ovulation-triggering chemicals.  Abstinence makes the RCC grow fondlers and outsources husbands to brothels.

    “The woman knows her man loves her when he abstains.”

    No, it means she either married a closet gay or he’s banging the nanny like Eric Prince of Blackwater!

  • ljean8080

    Sperm ejaculated into a woman’s vagina can live in a woman’s cervical mucus or upper genital tract for three to five days

  • give-em-hell-mary

    Years ago, a Catholic Abington Hospital (suburban Philly) nursing student fumed to my sister and me about another study proving sperm can live 10+ days in women, thus proving NFP a deadly hoax.

  • ljean8080

    may know more than her.

  • liberaldem

    that we have to continue to work for medically accurate sexuality education and full access to all means of contraception so that this wing of the anti-choice movement does not get to impose its morality on others.

  • give-em-hell-mary

    The Mayo Clinic is wrong:

    “Recently, in collaboration with Ray Wright of the Department of Animal Sciences and Spokane-area physicians, Ellington has modified her coculture system to study human sperm in contact with tubal cells. Her results suggest that many of the assumed details about human reproduction are incorrect. Her research team’s record for survival of human sperm is 10 days—far longer than the one to three days your doctor will tell you about—and sperm appear to be stored directly in the Fallopian tubes, as well as in the cervix.”

    Why do you think NFP always fails?