Birth Control: Is the Pill an Abortifacient?

By Brian Clowes, PhD and Marisa Cantu / October 24, 2023 /

What exactly is “abortifacient” birth control, and is “the Pill” an abortifacient? Contraceptives are methods of birth control that place a physical barrier between sperm and egg, such as condoms and diaphragms. By contrast, abortifacients are hormonal-based methods of birth control that often cause early abortions. In 2019, an estimated 27% of women were using…

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What Are Abortifacients?

By HLI Staff / August 7, 2023 /

An abortifacient “an agent (such as a drug) that induces abortion.” After an egg is fertilized, abortifacients kill the unborn child. However, manufactures often market these drugs under the name “contraception” to make them more appealing to consumers. Abortifacients are different from contraceptives in that they do not prevent an egg from being fertilized. Rather, they…

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Abortifacient Brief: The Intrauterine Device

By Brian Clowes, PhD / January 5, 2022 /

The intrauterine device (IUD) is a foreign body inserted into the uterus. IUDs are made of a non-reactive plastic such as polyethylene and may include active chemicals or elements such as progesterone or copper which slowly diffuse into the uterus over a period of several years. Human Life International has a free e-book, How Contraception Built…

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The Negative Effects of the Pill—And of All Hormonal Birth Control

By HLI Staff / July 9, 2021 / Comments Off on The Negative Effects of the Pill—And of All Hormonal Birth Control
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The Pill: A Hormonal Method of Birth Control The class of hormonal methods of birth control include birth control pills; implants such as Norplant, Jadelle and Implanon; injectables such as Depo-Provera and Lunelle; intrauterine devices (IUDs), patches and rings, and, of course, the class of abortion pills and so-called emergency “contraception,” which includes Cytotec, ellaOne,…

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Depo-Provera: Injectable Abortion

By HLI Staff / March 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Depo-Provera: Injectable Abortion
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The Depo-Provera shot is a type of hormonal anti-fertility drug that works at times as a contraceptive, but also sometimes as an abortifacient—a drug that causes abortion in some instances. Women who receive this injection must be aware of the health risks to them and to a newly created baby. Here are the 4 key…

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Abortifacient Brief: Implants

By Susan Ciancio / November 5, 2020 /
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Since the Supreme Court ruled on the legalization of birth control, millions of women—often oblivious to its dangers—have used one of its many forms. Manufacturers make billions off a woman’s desire to have sex with little to no consequences. While the pill is the most popular type, other methods continually entice women. Birth control implants…

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The Birth Control Pill: Unintended Consequences

By Brian Clowes, PhD / May 11, 2017 /
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One of the most prominent features of the culture of death is its short-sightedness. It puts grand plans into action and makes sweeping promises about how many lives will be saved or improved by its initiatives. And then its architects are invariably shocked and surprised when a galaxy of negative unintended consequences quickly emerge, usually…

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The Truth about Emergency Contraception

By Brian Clowes, PhD / May 10, 2017 /

What Is Emergency Contraception? Even with all of the different contraceptives and abortifacients on the market today, women forget to use their birth control, think their birth control method might have failed, or were coerced into sex. Many of these women resort to “emergency contraception,” a term that covers several drugs or devices that are…

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The Conception Conundrum

By Brian Clowes, PhD / April 20, 2017 /
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Human Conception: The Beginning of Life There is much confusion and disagreement today about when human life actually begins.  The official and public face of the medical profession insists that life begins at implantation — yet every embryology and fetology textbook in use today states that it begins at the instant of fusion between sperm…

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Abortifacient Brief: Depo-Provera

By Brian Clowes, PhD / April 11, 2017 /
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The birth control shot, Depo-Provera, is an injectable contraceptive drug that sometimes has an abortifacient effect. It also possesses a long and checkered history rife with fraud and abuse.     History of Depo-Provera In 1967, Upjohn Pharmaceuticals began an extensive 11-year trial of Depo at Atlanta’s Grady Clinic in its attempts to get the…

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