Does the Pill Cause Abortion?

You may already know this, but it was news to me.  The video, 28 Days on the Pill, outlines how the pill works to  “usually” prevent ovulation, and thicken cervical mucus to make it harder for sperm to reach the egg (if ovulation has occurred). According to the Christian producers of this film, the third way the pill works has been less talked about and can cause “embryonic abortion.” How? Continue reading “Does the Pill Cause Abortion?”

Chewing on Sustainable Population Issues

Seeing the recent article in TIME on debunking the myths of only children, I thought of Bill McKibben who told us all about this and more over ten years ago in his book Maybe One. He talks about how single kid families can work and are necessary to help ensure we not exceed “planet capacity,” or the population that the earth can support.

This idea takes me to the issue of overpopulation. Some experts believe it’s driving many environmental issues and global warming. But other experts don’t agree.  There’s a range of expert positions. Let’s start with a most interesting one. Check out this video of Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Definitely worth the watch–

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An Alternative to a Tubal: Essure

Have your heard of the sterilization procedure called Essure? It has been available for about five years now, but the word is still getting around.

Essure is a much easier sterilization procedure than a tubal ligation. Check out how it works

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Reasons and Real Reasons for Becoming Parents

On the other side of  the Italian catholic church and government thinking their declining population is a crisis, are the members of a group that think a declining population is just what we fact, they think the best thing for humans to do is to stop reproducing all together right now to allow the earth’s biosphere to return to good health.

The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT) might have radical ideas,

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Italy’s Low Birthrates=Demographic Suicide?

On May 25th Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, addressed fellow Italian bishops at the 61st plenary assembly and called Italy’s declining birthrate  “slow demographic suicide.”   “Over 50% of families today are without children,” and according to the article on LifeSite, Continue reading “Italy’s Low Birthrates=Demographic Suicide?”

Laura Carroll, the pill

Mother’s Day Part II–50th Bday of the Pill

Ironically, the Pill turned 50 on Mother’s Day.  According to an article in last weekend’s edition of USA Today, the FDA approved the pill in the first year of the “swingin sixties.” However, it clears up misconceptions that the pill did not spark the sexual revolution; also contrary to common belief, it did not cause a sudden drop in the U.S. fertility rate at the time.  At the time, there was also debate over whether it was going to promote promiscuity and lead to a decline in morals.

Andrea Tone, author of Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptions in America, debunks this mythContinue reading “Mother’s Day Part II–50th Bday of the Pill”