Articles Tagged ‘Contraception’

Freedom of conscience in the culture of death

Freedom of conscience in the culture of death

On Jan. 30, the Ottawa Citizen reported that three local family physicians were refusing to prescribe birth control pills. Not so long ago, the great majority of Canadians would have responded with an amazed: “So what?” Not so the anonymous woman who brought this story to public attention. She was incensed when, in response to her request for a birth control prescription at an Ottawa medical clinic, she was given ... (Continue reading)

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Obamacare contraception mandate challenged

Obamacare contraception  mandate challenged

The Supreme Court will decide whether the Obamacare contraception mandate can be forced on employers. According to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which was largely upheld by the Supreme Court in June 2012, contraception must be included by insurance policies. Religiously affiliated non-profit businesses such as Catholic hospitals are currently exempted from the contraception mandate. For-profit businesses are still required to fund contraception. Two Christian-owned companies are challenging the requirement ... (Continue reading)

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Contraceptives: unreliable and unsafe

Contraceptives: unreliable and unsafe

A contraceptive touted by its makers as 100 per cent effective was not able to prevent the pregnancies of almost 600 women living in the United Kingdom. Implanon, issued 11 years ago by MSD, is a subdermal contraceptive which is implanted under a woman’s skin and releases progesterone to stop ovulation. Although it was supposed to prevent conception for three years, the contraceptive sometimes failed to implant or implanted too deep for ... (Continue reading)

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A Baptist’s opposition to contraception

A Baptist’s opposition to contraception

Q&A with Craig Carter Editor’s note: Joseph Jalsevac, a summer intern at The Interim, spoke to Dr. Craig Carter, an ordained minister in the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada and a professor of Religious Studies at Tyndale University College in Toronto, about contraception. Carter regularly writes and lectures on Christian sexual ethics in the modern world. The Interim: Where does your own Church stand on contraception? Craig ... (Continue reading)

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Enslaved by liberation

Enslaved by liberation

This year we acknowledge an unfortunate anniversary: the infamous birth control pill – which itself has been responsible for preventing so many births – turns fifty. It was in 1960 that the Food and Drug Administration first approved the contraceptive pill for use in the United States. Nine years later, with the passing of Pierre Trudeau’s infamous Omnibus bill that also legalized abortion, contraception was decriminalized in Canada. Now, with half ... (Continue reading)

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Religious beliefs about the pill

The 20th century saw a great change in Christian attitudes towards contraception, which previously had been almost universally condemned. As it stands today, the majority of Christian denominations accept birth control to some degree, in one form or another. The Church of England provides a good example of how quickly the change in teaching sometimes occurs. At the Lambeth Conference in 1908, the Anglican Bishops declared, “the Conference records with alarm the growing practice of the artificial restriction of the family ... (Continue reading)

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Side effects of The Pill

PDF of Side effects of The Pill Head/Brain Cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding into the cranial cavity) Cerebral thrombosis (blood clot that drains blood from the brain) Melasma, which may persist (skin discoloration) Migraine Headache Dizziness Loss of scalp hair Acne Eyes Retinal thrombosis Change in corneal curvature Intolerance to contact lenses Cataracts Heart/Blood Thrombophlebitis (blood clots in the veins) Hypertension Mesenteric thrombosis (blood clot in the major veins that drain blood from the intestine) Hemorrhagic eruption (bleeding eruption) Arterial thromboembolism (blood clots in the heart) Pulmonary embolism Myocardial infarction (heart attack) Budd-Chiari Syndrome Hemolytic uremic syndrome (kidney failure and low platelet count in the ... (Continue reading)

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Detrimental health effects of the pill

Detrimental health effects of the pill

In 1969, journalist and women’s health activist Barbara Seaman published a book detailing the horror stories of women experiencing terrible side effects from the contraceptive pill, including blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, depression, suicide, obesity and loss of libido. After U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson read the book, he joined forces with Seaman to instigate a series of Senate hearings on the issue. After those hearings, manufacturers were mandated to place inserts in birth control packages warning of possible side-effects, a ... (Continue reading)

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The Pill at 50

The Pill at 50

The so-called liberator of women has actually hurt them History The 1892 Criminal Code of Canada outlawed birth control, declaring it obscene and “tending to corrupt morals.” It also, however, left a clause that permitted the distribution of birth control if it was for the “public good.” The American Congress had already banned birth control information in 1873, citing the same reason. So what happened in the intervening years, between ... (Continue reading)

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