Surviving the First Fifty Years of the Pill

From Vision Forum’s “Baby Conference”

*This is meant to whet your appetite, and to highlight some things that stood out to me, but not to be a complete summary of the session. If you have questions about the context of something I quote, please feel free to ask in the comments!*

Geoff Botkin is about the same age as “the pill”, so he has a unique perspective on it. He shared many interesting facts including shocking statistics. Did you know that Barbie was originally created as a pornographic plaything for men in Germany?

A summary of what I took from this session is that birth control is not simply a contraceptive, but just one aspect of an attempt to create a culture of death. An attempt, which has unfortunately been too successful.

“Birth control appeals to the advanced radical because it is calculated to undermine the authority of the Christian churches.” – Margaret Sanger

Should Christians use birth control? Margaret Sanger thought so.

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4 Comments to “Surviving the First Fifty Years of the Pill”

  1. Many a good Christian has used birth control in the form of a pill, tube-tying, vasectomy and so forth. Many have used these to circumvent health problems; others to space children in their families; and others for as many reasons as there are people using them. I would not say they all are trying to undermine the authority of Christian churches.

    On the other hand, there are those who would use these wrongly; but only God can judge motives. (For the most part, there is a difference between birth control and abortion.)

    In my long lifetime, I have known more than one family that did not use control when the mother’s health indicated she should wait before trying to have more children and then had children with severe problems that didn’t have to happen. The interesting thing is that they all used some sort of control after these incidents. Using the control wisely in the first place would not have prevented them having more children in the future but could have prevented some of the tragic consequences. (The children born with problems due to these choices are still precious in God’s and the parents’ sight and worth as much as any other child.)

    We need to be careful of judging the motives of others when we don’t know the circumstances…or even when we think we do. On the other hand, we do need to listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance for our individual lives and be obedient. What He guides one person to do…or not do…may be different from how He guides another.

    Easier said than done, but love and compassion are important ingredients to include in our daily menus.

    Love you lots…and I’m glad to see you are thinking through these things earlier than later in your life.

    Gramma

  2. Thank you for your comment! Especially the admonition to be careful not to pass judgment. I’m sure you know all too well that my personality tends toward that far to often!

    I wanted to clarify something–Just because someone uses something for evil – or even creates something for evil – doesn’t mean that all who use it are evil, nor that it cannot be used for good.

    I was just talking with one of our pastors this evening. I asked him a question and he gave me an answer, saying that I wasnt going to like it, because it wasn’t black and white. He said that I LIVE in black and white! I like to categorize things as good or bad, but too often it isn’t the things themselves, but the usage of them and the motivation behind the usage of them that are good or bad.

  3. I really appreciate your comment on my comment. I like your statement about evil. You are showing great maturity by being willing to listen to others…not that others are always correct, either. Life isn’t easy, and neither are many of its choices. But we will be so much better off and make fewer big mistakes by knowing Scripture and being sensitive to the Spirit’s leading in our lives. You’ll also find as you go along that living life in God’s will as much as it is possible that you will learn invaluable lessons…some learned happily and some learned painfully. The important thing is that we never stop learning.

  4. This is mom–don’t have my own log-in so I’m “riahjoy”.

    I think the hardest thing to accept about the pill was that so many of us “intelligent” college graduates were totally ignorant to the fact that it can act as an abortifacient. The Duggar family grieves their baby that was lost in this way early on in their marriage and we, too, believe we may have conceived while on the pill and lost a baby. We didn’t get a pregnancy test, but when we heard the description years later of what happens when the zygote can’t implant because of the environment created by the pill, it sounded familiar and seemed to answer our early questions. How could we have missed such important information? We went along with the crowd and did what we thought we were “supposed” to do, not questioning the status quo or the method used to achieve that. I’m so glad to hear that pastors such as Randy Alcorn are posting good information on their web sites (found the link below there) and that our own pastor makes sure couples understand how the pill works during premarital counseling sessions. http://www.all.org/article/index/id/MjUxNQ

    No one talks about the many health issues CAUSED by birth control…it’s invasive stuff! I’ve had nothing but trouble gynecologically since my tubes were tied. Found out AFTER the surgery about this: “Post tubal ligation syndrome (PTLS or PTS) is an an iatrogenesis condition meaning doctor-caused or doctor produced. Many women suffer post tubal ligation syndrome after having a tubal ligation.” Where are the “women’s rights” people to protect us from THIS?? Once again our ignorance caused needless suffering and the consequences to our family have been intense (as you well know).

    Most of my friends have safely and successfully used natural family planning methods to space pregnancies when needed. A lot of research has come out showing how women are “saved in child-bearing”–those who have children early and have many children have less breast and other cancers. This is documented in Nancy Campbell’s book Be Fruitful and Multiply. Why aren’t those fighting for women’s health (Ie planned parenthood) trumpeting those statistics?

    More than enough said…I could go on and on (as you well know 🙂 Thanks for taking in all this info as best you can and being wise with it–I’m so grateful you are teachable and humble and are trying to share your knowledge with others so they can make their own wise decisions

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