Specifically they refuse to pay for the contraceptives Ella and Plan B as well as IUDs. I agree with them on their stance that life begins at the moment of conception and that these two drugs could cause a fertilized egg (the earliest form of a baby) to be unable to implant and therefore die. But why are they okay with the use of the 16 other mandated contraceptive forms which work in the same way?
Let me share my personal story with you. After Jackie and I married, I chose to use birth control because that's what married people are supposed do. We were advised by many well-meaning friends to wait to have children and enjoy the freedom of our newlywed days together. Had I known then what I know now, I would have delighted in focusing on our new relationship as a FAMILY instead of indulging in the "freedoms" of being a COUPLE, however I listened to what culture dictated. I chose to use the Mirena IUD because I liked that I didn't have to think to take a pill everyday, and it was also appealing to me not to have a period at all. Eventually we decided to have a baby, I had my IUD removed, and several months later I became pregnant with Jathan. After his birth I again used the Mirena IUD. Then I began hearing talk among Christian circles calling IUDs abortifacients. I did the research and decided I was not comfortable with the way that the IUD prevented pregnancy. So I researched other forms of birth control to see which would be suitable for me and my religious beliefs. Much to my surprise ALL forms of hormonal birth control worked in the same three possible ways. First, they may work to suppress ovulation so that no egg is released to be fertilized. Secondly, they may work to thicken cervical mucous making it difficult for sperm to enter the cervix and head towards an egg. Thirdly, they may thin the lining of your uterus so that in the event that an egg is fertilized (conception), it will not be able to implant and will die.
I went ahead and did that research again today and took some screenshots for you guys.
Implanon (implanon-USA.com) is a implant that goes in your arm. Here's what it's website says about how it works (note: "it changes the lining of your uterus):
Nexplanon (nexplanon.com) is also an implant that goes in your arm. Here is a screenshot of its website:
It changes the lining of your uterus.
Othro-Evra is "the patch." (Orthoevra.com) It changes the lining of your uterus to "reduce the chance of implantation."
Nuvaring is a vaginal ring. (Nuvaring.com) No page on its direct website said that it worked to change the uterine lining but if you read the prescribing information (the stuff the doctor is SUPPOSED to tell you) then you would find this under mechanism of action:
And of course if you choose a Mirena IUD like I did, please read their prescribing information (because your doctor probably won't). It indicates that it does indeed work to reduce the likelihood of a FERTILIZED egg implanting.
Birth control pills come under many brand names but they all generally work in the same way. Here is a list of common brands and an explanation. You can visit your brand's website and read it there directly if you wish:
So what about emergency contraceptives? I took the time to visit Ella.com, planbonestep.com, and mynextchoiceonedose.com as well. Can you figure out what they all have in common?
They are all shouting, "Chill out! There's nothing wrong with us--we work in the same way regular birth control does!"
Christians, we have been fooled into believing hormonal birth control is safe and morally upstanding. If you believe life begins at the moment of conception when egg and sperm are united, hormonal birth control is not for you. If you would not use an emergency contraceptive because you belief they work as abortifacients, none of these hormonal birth control products are for you. Please, please prayerfully consider what you are putting into your body and research how it achieves it's goal.
Please, please, please also understand that using hormonal birth control increases your risk of cancer (especially breast cancer). Every single website that I visited mentioned this, and cancer.gov mentions this as well. We wonder why so many young women are being diagnosed with cancer; I believe this is a huge contributing factor. This is why I found the President's response to the Hobby Lobby decision so absurd. He asserted that this was putting women's health at risk. Quite the contrary, Mr. President, any woman who takes these drugs is at an increased health risk! (Interestingly enough do you know what cancer.gov lists as a way to REDUCE your cancer risk? Having "many" children and breastfeeding them!)
I am not sharing any of this to judge anyone for their choices or to try to push my personal beliefs on anyone else. I am sharing this because I wish someone would have told me.
If you would like to hear more of my personal story or learn about alternative methods of birth control, please feel free to contact me!