Updated: Oct 17, 2019
Short answer: no. Here's why.
First, how does hormonal birth control work?
It prevents release of egg. If the egg is released anyways, it prevents fertilization. If the egg is fertilized anyways, it prevents implantation.
As we know the third step constitutes the killing of a life (fertilized egg). Aka, abortion.
So, why is the pill not defined as an abortifacient?
In 1965, ACOG changed its definition for when life begins from fertilization to implantation, thus pulling the “abortifacient” label from the pill. Why the change? It certainly wasn’t science.
Dr. J. Richard Sosnowski, head of the Southern Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member group of ACOG, had this to say: “It is equally troublesome to me that, with no scientific evidence to validate the change, the definition of conception as the successful spermatic penetration of an ovum was redefined as the implantation of a fertilized ovum. It appears to me that the only reason for this was the dilemma produced by the possibility that the intrauterine contraceptive device might cause abortion.”
It is not just the oral contraceptive that can prevent implantation. IUDs, injectables like Depo-Provera, and implants such as Norplant, Jadelle, Implanon and Nexplanon do the same thing.
If you have ever taken any of these, there is a chance you have aborted one or more babies by using these contraceptives. We have no idea how many babies have been lost to this. It is truly a silent holocaust.
Besides abortion, there are plenty more potential side effects to the pill, some known, some unknown.
Increase risk of breast cancer
Increased risk of liver cancer
Heart and neural tube defects in babies conceived AFTER a woman has gone OFF the pill
Cervical crypt atrophy (rendering infertility AFTER a woman has gone OFF the pill)
Increased risk of cervical cancer
Environmental effects of hormones being dumped into our water
Changes in attraction--women are attracted to different type of men when they are on the pill vs. off of it
Suppressed release of pheromones, so women aren’t as attractive to men on the pill
(Check out this video for more information.)
So yeah, #DitchThePill.
If you’re on it, get off of it. If you’re Catholic, get to Confession.
Let’s work on transforming our view of marriage and family. Remember the Church’s teaching on marriage and family: the primary end of marriage is children. This means, if you’re not ready for children, don’t get married. If you’re not ready for marriage, don’t date. Reserve the marital embrace for marriage and procreation. Remember, even natural methods (like NFP) are mortally sinful unless used for grave reasons.
Pray for the grace to trust God with how many children you have, whether that’s 0 or 14. He will never be outdone in generosity. This is the pro-life mentality. If you have failed, don’t despair! Get to Confession and change your life while there is still time. God will give you the grace if you ask for it. Let’s trust him, renew our lives, renew our family, and renew our culture.
For more information, check out our article, The Origins of Birth Control.