With the possible exception of the nuclear bomb, no development in human history has had a greater and more controversial impact than the birth control pill. Anovulant birth control pills prevent ovulation so that no pregnancy occurs, thus relieving the consumer of a burden of guilt potentially associated with some other medications such as the “morning after” pill.
One version of the “morning after” pill, levonorgestrel, supposedly can’t cause an abortion. But that depends on what you mean by “abortion”. What it does do is prevent a fertilized ovum from implanting. That fertilized egg, however, is already genetically unique, distinct from both mother and father and independently self-organizing. It already contains within itself all that it needs, given a mother’s supportive environment and subsequent care, in order to develop into a social security recipient on its retirement.
Other “morning after” pills do cause an abortion after implantation of the zygote.
Most commonly, however, birth control today is by pill, but by now no one should be unaware that since 1973, abortion has become much more common as a method of birth control. This is the opposite outcome to that predicted roughly 50 years ago when the pill was introduced. The abortion toll now approaches sixty million children, or fetuses as proponents of “choice” prefer.
Furthermore, shortly after 1900, only about 5% of births in America were to unmarried women. Today, over 40% of children in the USA are born of unmarried parents. 70% of black children are born to an unmarried mother. After Roe v. Wade found a right to abortion in the shadows cast by the Constitution; this was not supposed to happen. However, not everyone would have been completely surprised by the outcome.
In 1968, Pope Paul VI wrote an encyclical, or letter, addressing contraception. He predicted with, shall we say, “supernatural” accuracy what might be the result of the widespread normalization of the use of the birth control pill. Called “Humanae Vitae”, the encyclical prophesied in part, “Let them consider, first of all, how wide and easy a road would thus be open to conjugal infidelity…especially the young…have need of encouragement to be faithful to the moral law…the man who becomes used to contraceptive practices, may in the end lose respect for his wife, and…will come to the point of considering her a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment…”
Further, the Pope added, “Consider also the dangerous weapon that would thus be placed in the hands of public authorities who have no concern for the requirements of morality…Who will prevent rulers from favoring and even imposing upon their people, the method of contraception they judge to be the most effective…? …men… would come to place at the mercy of the intervention of public authorities the most personal and private sector of conjugal intimacy.” This last issue brings to mind the “one child” policy that China began in 1979 that resulted in forced abortion, disadvantages in obtaining housing and employment, and the preferential abortion of females creating a shortage of marriage partners for men. In 2015, China apparently woke up to the problem they had created and modified the policy somewhat.
A consequence of birth control in both Europe and America has been the immigration crisis that has arisen from our need for laborers and payers to keep the social security safety net intact. A direct result of the pill is the aging of the developed world, including Japan, France, Sweden, Germany, Russia (where the population is falling) as well as China, Canada and the US.
After all, it’s just not nice to fool Mother Nature.