**AUTHOR’S NOTE: Please read all the way through, including the comments. I learned even more about this topic from the first commenter, to whom I am very grateful. I agree with her and her convictions, now that I know more of the truth.
It may be no great revelation to you that the IUD, which is a popular and long-term form of birth control that involves surgically implanting a device into a woman’s uterus, can cause what some might term a miscarriage as one way to prevent pregnancy. It was a revelation to me, however, earlier today.
It all started with Hobby Lobby. A friend posted an article supposedly written by the CEO and founder of Hobby Lobby, David Green, stating his defense on his company’s stance to defy new government healthcare laws that requires companies to offer medical coverage for emergency contraceptives. Like most things posted on Facebook that are polarizing and attributed to some person in authority in order to lend credence to a particular viewpoint, I checked it out on Snopes. It turns out that the CEO did write the article, and you can find it online under the title, “Christian Companies Can’t Bow to Sinful Mandate.” After confirming that it was true, I re-posted the link my friend had posted because I agree with Hobby Lobby’s pro-life stance, and I stand by their right to follow their conscience on this issue.
This post, however, is not mostly about Hobby Lobby. That’s just the background for why I’m writing about IUDs. It was in the Snopes article, which I linked to above, that I read this sentence:
Hobby Lobby has filed a federal lawsuit challenging that mandate because it includes such contraceptives as the morning-after pill and IUDs, which the plaintiffs consider to be forms of abortion.
I read that sentence aloud to my husband this morning, and we were both surprised. The morning-after pill, sure. That’s the point of that one, right? To prevent the implantation of the already fertilized egg, if there is one. But we were both surprised to see that the IUD was considered to be in the same class, at least by the folks running Hobby Lobby. So, I did some research online. It’s not any big secret, apparently:
“In the event of fertilization of an egg, progestin tends to prevent implantation, meaning a woman would naturally miscarry a fertilized egg.”“Hormonal IUDs also slow down the growth of the uterine lining, making it inhospitable for fertilized eggs.”“…releases a progestin hormone…creating a barrier to sperm, as well as renders the lining of the uterus inhospitable to implantation of a pregnancy.”“It also keeps the lining of the uterus (endometrium) from growing very thick.1 This makes the lining a poor place for a fertilized egg to implant and grow.”
While I do not use the IUD, or any form of hormonal birth control, for that matter, I have friends who do. Since contraception is a personal issue, I likely have many friends who have the IUD, but I don’t know about it. That’s why, after praying a lot this morning, I decided to write a blog post. If the sources above are telling the truth, then the IUD can cause what could be considered an abortion by folks like me who believe life begins at conception, which is before the implantation of a fertilized egg. As I prayed about how/when/with whom to discuss this, I felt led to this verse:
Older women likewise are to be reverent…teaching what is good, that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children… (Titus 2:3-4)
That’s why, young women, I’m pleading with you to love your children. Be aware of the choices you’re making with your body and how they might affect your unborn children without your knowing.
Of course, I am fully aware of the natural implications of what I’m asking; if you currently have an IUD, then I’m ultimately encouraging you to consider undergoing surgery to have it removed and then reconsider your contraception choices to see what is safe for a fertilized egg and what is not. This is why I prayed so much about it this morning, and even asked a couple of friends to pray with me. It’s uncomfortable for me to give unsolicited advice to anyone about their birth control, especially given the lengths one might have to go to if she decided I was right. But seriously, the answer is clear to me: Love your children. I couldn’t NOT say something.
I tell you this because I love you, and I love your babies. Pray about it, please, if this applies to you. I know that I would have any surgery in the world if it kept my little boy alive. Wouldn’t you?*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I am a pro-life Christian who believes that life begins at conception, and I posted this in view of my own conscience out of obedience to what I feel is the Spirit’s leading. Like I said, I couldn’t NOT say something.