[quote=Curious]To me, it’s just another lovely medical breakthrough.
Oh, my!:eek: When I think of the pill, I lump it with a few other medical “breakthroughs”. They are not “lovely”, more like, um… hately.
[quote=Curious]I myself am on the pill and have never given it the first thought (or the second) at all… Your typical combined oral contraceptives (estrogen and progestin combined) do not cause abortion. They prevent ovulation. It sort of “tricks” your body into thinking it has ovulated. If there is no egg, a sperm can’t penetrate it and therefore there is no babe.
First of all, I am glad that you seem to beleive abortion is immoral. However, it also seems that you have, in fact, given oral contraception a thought (or two), and have convinced yourself that the pill is 100% effective at preventing ovulation. :hmmm:. How is it, then, that the pill is not 100% effective at preventing pregnancy? Remember that the the failure rate of the pill is 9% and that abortion clinics and the morning after pill are supposed to be the backup plans to oral contraception. Common sense, when properly applied, is a wonderful gift of God. Let’s try to apply it here. If the pill is only 91% effective at preventing pregnancy, what is it’s success rate at preventing ovulation? Well, common sense tells us that it is well under 91% because unwanted ovulation does not guantee pregnancy.
[quote=Curious]Admittedly though, the progestin component of these pills (and the same applies for progestin-only pills), makes the endometruim “less favorable for implantation.”
Ahh, now we are getting somewhere. Since we now know that fertilization can occur and that the progestin component of these pills makes the endometruim less favorable for implantation, what can we conclude? Perhaps, that use of the pill can cause babies to die?
[quote=Curious]Contraception is not one of those issues that I personally am prepared to deal with yet. If ever become Catholic, I will have to by sheer force of will, grit my teeth and go off the durn pills because the Church doesn’t approve. But I cannot even imagine how birth control pills could be considered sin - much less MORTAL sin.
If you are thinking about becoming Catholic, forget appologetics, and forget Church history. Deal with this issue first! According to Judie Brown, the expert from the EWTN Pro-Life forum:
“If a Catholic uses the pill with the full knowledge that the Church condemns the use of birth control, that Catholic is committing a mortal sin. If this Catholic ALSO knows that the pill can abort and uses it anyway, then of course she is excommunicated. Canon Law is clear on the fact that a Catholic who obtains an abortion automatically excommunicates herself.”
[quote=Curious]I don’t however, approve of IUD’s. If I’'m not mistaken, they are abortifacents.
Good, and you’re correct. IUD’s and oral contraceptives have similar side-effects. Namely, they can cause babies to die.