faq’s


Frequently Asked Questions

It seems that people can’t agree on when human life actually begins. I’ve heard the terms viability, conception and fertilization tossed around and still don’t know when a baby becomes a baby. Help?

I personally know that abortion is wrong, but what if a woman is raped? Wouldn’t carrying a baby only make her situation worse?

Lately, it seems that one of the big issues in the pro-life movement is the partial-birth abortion? What exactly is a partial-birth abortion?

I’ve been told that abortion is wrong in any situation, but what about when someone else’s life is at stake, the mother’s life?

People keep saying that many forms of birth-control are abortifacients. What does that mean?

My friends and I are all pro-life and wouldn’t have abortions, so how does abortion affect us exactly?

I keep hearing the phrase, “fertility rate” in the news. What exactly does it mean and why should I care?

Can the birth control pill cause abortion?

My doctor recently prescribed the birth control pill to regulate my period. I know that the pill has serious side effects and I don’t want to take it. Is there anything else I can do or take besides the birth control pill?

I’ve heard that doctors can now detect birth defects in preborn children – is that true?

What does Rock for Life think of a physician killing a patient with his/her permission while in extreme pain?


It seems that people can’t agree on when human life actually begins. I’ve heard the terms viability, conception and fertilization tossed around and still don’t know when a baby becomes a baby. Help?

This is a question that has been addressed, answered and re-answered for the past 25 years. The baby’s life begins at the moment of fertilization (conception). This is the point when the 23 chromosomes in the father’s sperm and the 23 chromosomes in the mother’s egg meet and combine to form a new one-celled human being or human embryo. This new little person is called a human zygote. Around six or seven days into the baby’s development, the tiny embryo moves down the fallopian tube and implants into the wall of the mother’s uterus or womb. There the baby will receive nourishment while he or she is growing and forming.

Viability refers to the point at which a baby can survive outside of the mother’s womb. This is usually defined as being at around 24 weeks. Unfortunately, abortion supporters use the term viability to define when the baby actually becomes a human life. This is wrong!

I personally know that abortion is wrong, but what if a woman is raped? Wouldn’t carrying a baby only make her situation worse?

Rape is a horrendous crime, leaving a woman in a state of mental, physical and emotional turmoil. If a woman becomes pregnant as the result of rape (this occurs less than 1% of the time) an abortion will not erase the fact that she was raped. Submitting the woman to a second unspeakable act of violence (abortion) will not take away the trauma, the nightmares, or the pain, but it may add to them. According to a survey conducted by Dr. David Reardon of the Elliot Institute in 1990, the psychological complications of abortion include guilt, nervous disorders, nightmares, and memory loss (over 100 psychiatric reactions in all). Additionally, if there was a pre-existing disordered state (like rape) abortion may cause a worsening of psychological functioning.

Because of problems with our justice system, rapists often walk free, without punishment while the child conceived because his or her mother was raped may suffer the ultimate injustice — abortion without the benefit of a trial or defense.

We must remember, first and foremost that the person created as a result of rape is not to blame for the crime committed against the mother. Although this person is created as a result of a hideous violation, we cannot deny that he or she is still a unique individual human being created in the image of God, no matter what circumstances they are brought into this world. The child is just as innocent a victim and just as worthy of our protection and love as the mother.

The good news is that women who become pregnant as a result of rape and carry their babies to term, experience an increased rate of healing, recognizing the blessing that has come from such a horrible situation.

Unfortunately, the pro-abortion movement supports abortion in cases of rape at the expense of both victims; the women whose emotional, physical, and mental stability have been shattered by rape and abortion and the children who may have brought healing and peace had they been given the chance to live.

Lately, it seems that one of the big issues in the pro-life movement is the partial-birth abortion? What exactly is a partial-birth abortion?

Dilation and Extraction (D&X) abortions or late-term abortions (performed in the late stages of pregnancy—the third trimester) are commonly referred to as partial-birth abortions. Partial-birth means that the baby is already partially delivered or born when he is aborted. The baby is pulled out of the mother all the way up to his head. The abortionist then takes a pair of scissors and jams them into the base of the baby’s skull. The abortionist spreads the scissors apart, making the hole wider. A vacuum tube is inserted into the baby’s skull and the brain is removed. The skull collapses and the dead baby is removed completely.

Partial-birth abortion is better termed “infanticide,” the killing of an infant. A baby at 24 weeks is able to survive outside of the mother’s womb, and late-term abortions are performed on babies beyond that point, sometimes at 32 weeks or more!

I’ve been told that abortion is wrong in any situation, but what about when someone else’s life is at stake, the mother’s life?

Medically speaking, abortion is unnecessary to save the mother’s life! It is important to distinguish between direct abortion (the intentional and willed destruction of a preborn child) and a legitimate treatment chosen by a pregnant mother to save her life. Such operations performed to save the life of the mother — such as the removal of a cancerous uterus or an ectopic pregnancy that poses the threat of imminent death — are considered indirect abortions. They are justified under a concept called the “principle of double effect.” Under this principle, the death of the child is an unintended effect of an operation, independently justified by the necessity of saving the mother’s life.

Essentially, both mother and child should be treated as patients. A doctor should try to protect both. However, in the course of treating a woman, if her child dies, it is not considered abortion!

“Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal disease such as cancer or leukemia, and if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save the life of the mother.”—Alan Guttmacher, former president of Planned Parenthood.

People keep saying that many forms of birth-control are abortifacients. What does that mean?

An abortifacient is an agent (as a drug) that induces or causes abortion. These abortion-causing chemicals and devices kill babies in the first few days of their lives. The Pill, the Mini-Pill, Depo-Provera, Norplant, the “morning after pill” (emergency contraception) and the IUD are publicized as simply preventing ovulation (releasing an egg from the woman’s ovary) and conception. The truth is that these drugs also alter the lining of the womb so that the newly conceived child cannot attach himself or herself to the wall of the uterus or womb. If a baby cannot implant in the lining of the womb to receive nourishment, he or she dies. Other abortifacients, RU-486 and methotrexate break down and destroy the baby’s surroundings after he or she has implanted in the mother’s womb, taking away the baby’s nourishment and the hormone (progesterone) that the baby requires for growth and development. Once the little boy or girl is dead, a second chemical causes contractions and the dead baby is pushed out of the mother’s womb.

My friends and I are all pro-life and wouldn’t have abortions, so how does abortion affect us exactly?

Abortion affects all of us in many profound ways. Can you imagine life without your brother, sister, or best friend? Or, what if your parents had been aborted? You would have never been born! Abortion not only affects you because of the people that haven’t been born, but because of the people that are still around. Just think of all the millions of men, women and children that suffer emotionally, physically and spiritually because of abortions they know about or have been a part of. Most likely, many of these people go to your school, worship at your church, or live in your communities. Also, our society has less respect for all human life because of abortion. You can see it everywhere in the increased acts of violence and hate, the breakdown of families and relationships, and the killing of people through assisted suicide. Chances are, there is not one single individual living on this earth that is not affected by abortion.

I keep hearing the phrase, “fertility rate” in the news. What exactly does it mean and why should I care?

The fertility rate is the average number of children born per woman, per year. The number of births is directly related to the world’s replenishment or replacement levels. Replacement levels are the number of births required each year to replace the number of people that die. The process is ongoing and ensures that there will always be enough people to work, produce food, have children and ensure the world’s survival.

However, because of the population controllers’ family planning programs, the world’s fertility rate/replacement level is quickly dropping. In 1985-90, the fertility rate was 3.38 births per woman. It is now 2.7 and falling quickly. A fertility rate of 2.1 is required just to keep the population balanced, with no growth or decline. If the trend continues, the world fertility rate will fall below 2.1 in about ten years. When this happens, there will be more deaths than births.

Keep in mind that the 2.7 rate is an average between the birth rates of developed countries (like the U.S. which has a fertility rate below 1.9) and the birth rates of developing countries (third world nations). Every developed country in the world has had a fertility rate below 2.1 for almost the past 30 years! It’s complicated stuff, but the stats show that we’re systematically killing off the human population on earth.

Can the birth control pill cause abortion?

Yes, the birth control pill can act as an abortifacient, meaning that any woman who takes it may be putting a preborn child at risk of being chemically aborted. The pill acts in three ways:

  1. it prevents the release of an egg, or ovulation (contraception)
  2. it thickens the cervical mucus, making it difficult for the sperm to reach the egg if one is released (contraception)
  3. it changes the lining of the uterus so, if the first two mechanisms fail, the newly created human embryo cannot implant. If the child does not attach to the uterine wall, the baby will die. (abortion).

This is clearly stated in the following medical link, which is not based on opinion or pro-life rhetoric. This is from the pill manufacturer’s web site:

http://www.thepill.com/birth-control-pills/faqs.html#VII

“If ovulation does not occur, your egg is not released, it can’t be fertilized by sperm, and you can’t get pregnant. By delivering an adequate amount of progestin and estrogen throughout your body, ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN LO stops ovulation from occurring. ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN LO also thickens the cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus, and changes the lining of the uterus to reduce the likelihood of implantation.”

My doctor recently prescribed the birth control pill to regulate my period. I know that the pill has serious side effects and I don’t want to take it. Is there anything else I can do or take besides the birth control pill?

Doctors commonly prescribe oral contraceptives (i.e. the birth control pill) for menstrual abnormalities: regulating periods, Hypermenorrhea (heavy periods), Polymenorrhea (frequent periods), Amenorrhea (lack of menstruation), Menorrhagia (excessive bleeding during periods), Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps), and PMS (premenstrual syndrome).

The birth control pill wasn’t designed to treat these conditions-it was designed to take control of the body’s natural hormonal functioning (by suppressing the reproductive system) and to prepare the body to reject pregnancy. Therefore, the pill only treats the symptoms and does nothing to address the problem or cause itself. Not only does the pill just treat the symptoms, it increases the risk of bacterial infections, cervical cancer, endometriosis, and infertility, to name a few (read the insert in a packet of birth control pills to see how many risks and complications are possible).

It’s important that you educate yourself about your options. Ask your doctor lots of questions, and enlist your parents’ help. An evaluation by a physician, including, but not limited to a pelvic examination, is necessary to determine the cause of the symptoms. Taking the pill without knowing what is causing your menstrual abnormality may only disguise the problem and make it worse.

There’s simply no need to be on the birth control pill, for menstrual abnormalities or any reason. If you are single, sexually active, and are taking the pill to prevent pregnancy- stop! Practice abstinence; it’s always your best choice. Abstinence not only eliminates the possibility of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, it’s how God intends us to live as young single people.

I’ve heard that doctors can now detect birth defects in preborn children – is that true?

Yes. Doctors now have the technology to medically evaluate children in the womb. One process of detection is called amniocentesis. The process was originally developed by Sir Albert William Liley in 1970 to facilitate blood-exchange for RH babies and later to permit the prenatal diagnosis of abnormalities. Liley was a world- renowned fetologist and staunch prolifer from New Zeland. He was the first scientist to personalize the preborn child – recognizing both the uniqueness in each child and the common factors such as the ability of the child in utero to feel pain.

Amniocentesis is performed after the 16th week of pregnancy – – Guided by ultrasound, the doctor inserts a needle through the abdominal wall into the uterus and withdraws about an ounce of amniotic fluid that will be examined for signs of chromosomal abnormalities. Is it wrong?

When the test and diagnosis respect the life and integrity of the preborn child and are directed towards safeguarding and healing, they are morally acceptable. Many problems detected early in pregnancy can be fixed while the child is still in utero. Heart surgery has even been successfully performed on a child while still in her mother’s womb.

However, too often tests that come back with any sign of abnormality end in abortion. The National Institute of Health found that parents aborted 95% of babies that were found to be “defective” by society’s standards. Even as early as 1972, amniocentesis was being used by some parents to decide on abortion when the child was of the non- preferred sex.

Not to mention the fact that many times the procedure is harmful to the growing child. Major risks include fetal puncture wounds, laceration of the baby’s spleen, damage to the placenta and/or umbilical cord, and death from loss of blood. In a 1986 study of 2,264 pregnant women – 23 women had miscarriages directly caused by amniocentesis.

Another noteworthy fact is that amniocentesis is not performed before 16 weeks and is typically performed between 16-18 weeks. With the time it takes to make a proper diagnosis taken into account, most abortions are performed after 20 weeks and the most common method of destruction is partial birth abortion.

A final note: In 1983 Dr. William Liley committed suicide. Friends are quoted as saying that “the misuse of amniocentesis by the March of Dimes and others became the great pain of his later life.” Imagine this man, so in love with preborn children that he spent his life developing a technique intended to preserve and uphold the dignity and respect of the preborn child’s life, offering healing in-utero. Later, to his dismay, the technique became widely used to determine value of life by parents and doctors on “search and destroy” missions.

What does Rock for Life think of a physician killing a patient with his/her permission while in extreme pain?

We believe that killing is killing. It doesn’t depend on if a patient wanted it or not. Do we expect a patient who is under extreme pain to make the best decisions for him/herself? Shouldn’t the job of the doctor to be to alleviate pain, not to kill? To save life, not end it?

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3 Responses to faq’s

  1. Kim says:

    What do you think about married couples using birth control pills? Should this be avoided because the drugs are abortifacients? Are there any drugs that are not abortifacients on the market?

    • hey Kim!

      All forms of birth control pills can cause early abortions and yes should be avoided because of this. I would suggest looking into Natural Fertility Awareness, specifically the Sympto-Thermal method.

  2. Sara D says:

    I am extremely impressed that you have thoroughly researched the pill. Also that you support Natural Fertility Awareness. Not only does it help prevent pregnancy for married couples, but it also increases communication skills and a deeper understanding of God’s purpose for intimacy (within the walls of marriage of course).

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