What Are the Environmental Impacts of Hormonal Birth Control?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / June 4, 2021 /
fish in shallow water

Have you ever stopped for gas and watched a giant ten-wheel fuel tanker rumble up to refill the gas station’s tanks? These trucks are enormous, forty feet long, and each carries enough gasoline to fill a small backyard swimming pool. The powerful hormones in abortifacient methods of birth control dictate their modes of operation. Every…

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The Creighton Model of Natural Family Planning

By Susan Ciancio / May 28, 2021 /
natural family planning chart

In the US, we value our freedom. The developers of the birth control pill capitalized on this desire. They claim the pill gives women freedom to control their bodies and their reproduction. When you tell a lie often enough, people begin to believe it. In this case, they literally swallow it. But freedom doesn’t come…

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Abortifacient Brief: The Birth Control Pill

By Brian Clowes, PhD / April 14, 2021 /

What exactly is “abortifacient” birth control? 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 2015, about 7.4 million American women were using such methods.1 The principal method of abortifacient birth…

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Shouldn’t Abortion be Allowed for Serious or Fatal Birth Defects?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / April 7, 2021 /

“A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members.” ~Pope Saint John Paul II1 Of the many reasons that women give for having abortions, the justification of birth defects is the most understandable, especially if the child is not expected to live. Women considering abortion for fatal or serious…

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Margaret Sanger’s Little-Known Connection to the Klu Klux Klan

By Sofia Infante / March 24, 2021 /
KKK (Ku Klux Klan) night rally in Chicago circa 1920

The adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” is especially relevant in the case of a photo taken of Margaret Sanger giving a speech to the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey in 1926. The authenticity of the photo is debated, but what is beyond question is that Sanger’s deeply held racist…

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Depo-Provera: Injectable Abortion

By HLI Staff / March 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Depo-Provera: Injectable Abortion
Syringe on a blue background

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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What Is Pronatalism?

By Susan Ciancio / January 20, 2021 /
chinese baby girl with rubber duck

In 2014 in Fourni, Greece, not one single baby was born. The same was true in 2015. In 2012, only one child was born in the town of Lestijärvi, Finland. What is happening in these countries is not an anomaly. Countries throughout Europe are seeing population declines that their governments are trying desperately to reverse.…

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Eugenic Sterilization Laws in the U.S.

By Susan Ciancio / December 3, 2020 /
African woman with a child in a village in Botswana standing in front of the bush in Kalahari , Botswana

Fear and a lack of understanding often cause people to do unthinkable things. The advent of eugenic sterilization in twentieth-century America is one example. Let’s take a step back to the 1880s and briefly meet Sir Francis Galton. Galton was an anthropologist, a sociologist, and a psychologist. He was also a eugenicist. Eugenics is the…

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Abortifacient Brief: Implants

By Susan Ciancio / November 5, 2020 /
birth control implant

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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A Short Biography of Margaret Sanger

By Brian Clowes, PhD / October 28, 2020 /
Margaret Sanger

  Sanger’s Early Life Margaret Sanger is a prime example of how people are molded from a young age by the direct and enduring influence of their parents. While genetics certainly play a part, people are formed by those around them all through their lives — but most especially when they are young.   Margaret…

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