Some wonder if it’s OK to use birth control as a Christian.
When I think of contraception, a number of images come to mind:
- An 18-year-old girl a few weeks prior to her wedding date asking if birth control pills cause abortion, because she believes abortion is wrong
- Living just a couple miles from the high school with the highest student pregnancy rate in the state, and seeing those students in my practice
- A frightening text message from someone close to me telling of his soon-to-be wife’s pulmonary embolus (blood clot to the lungs) soon after starting birth control pills
- The college student in my exam room wanting a different birth control method that will make next school year “easier”
- The 25-year-old single mother with three children on public assistance, trying desperately to just survive
Talking about contraception is often an emotionally charged issue. Most of the heat has little to do with the medical or scientific facts involved. Briefly put, when egg and sperm come together in a woman’s reproductive tract, pregnancy can occur. Interrupt any part of that equation and it won’t occur. Although new life is a mystery, it’s no mystery how pregnancy happens.