Do Hormonal Contraceptives Kill Preborn Babies?

Our position on contraceptives is identical to the position of the American Assn. of Pro-Life Ob/Gyns.

Personally, I think it is possible that hormonal contraceptives cause abortions by preventing implantion of an embryo into the uterus, but unlikely. They probably do not. I think the “hostile endometrium theory” greatly underestimates the effect of the corpeus luteum to overcome the endometrium-thinning effect of the exogenous hormone.

However, there are other reasons that one can be against hormonal contraception. I believe that it conflicts with the testimony of God’s Word that children are desirable and “a blessing” from God (Psalm 127). Thus, I personally do not prescribe hormonal contraceptives, but neither do I condemn those who do.


Patrick Johnston, D.O.
Director, Assn. of Pro-Life Physicians

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