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Do any forms of birth control cause abortions?


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September 05, 2007 5:38AM

Some forms of contraception, specifically the intrauterine device (IUD), Norplant, and certain low-dose oral contraceptives (the pill), often do not prevent conception but prevent implantation of an already fertilized ovum. The result is an early abortion, the killing of an already conceived individual. Tragically, many women are not told this by their physicians, and therefore do not make an informed choice about which contraceptive to use. As an additional note, after getting a tubal ligation ("tubes tied"), I learned that the chances for an ectopic pregnancy are much higher than before the procedure. This is when the baby implants in the fallopian tubes instead of in the uterus. When this happens, usually an emergency abortion has to be performed to save the mother's life, when the baby's body becomes so large it ruptures the tube. Neither the baby or mother can survive while the baby is in the fallopian tube, nor has the baby ever been successfully transplanted to the uterus (yet). By the time the tube bursts, the baby has arms, legs, fingers, toes, ear buds, eyes. It is recognizably a miniature baby. - me