Note: Think that anti-choice politicians and activists aren’t trying to outlaw contraception? Think again. Follow along in an ongoing series that proves beyond a doubt that they really are coming for your birth control.
There are few things in this world that make me sadder than knowing that there was a “Baby Conference, 2010,” and I somehow missed it. Then again, I’ve given birth twice since the conference happened, so maybe I didn’t need to go after all.
Still, if I had made it, maybe I would have ended up just as inspired as this couple, who decided to make a movie about the evils of birth control after attending the event.
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Kevin Peeples, director of The Birth Control Movie Project, tells OneNewsNow that as a young married couple practicing birth control, he and his wife were convicted to stop using pregnancy-altering medicines like “the pill” after they attended the Baby Conference in 2010. He hopes Birth Control: How Did We Get Here? and its follow-up film will help others come to that same conviction.
“We hope that viewers will approach the Bible and say what does Scripture have to say on this issue? and not to approach and say what do I want the Scriptures to say,” Peeples shares. “The Lord wants us to let him control what he created in the first place.”
Why should baby-making be left in the hands of the Lord? Well, according to Peeples, God must already be involved since people don’t get pregnant every time they have sex. “Look at how many times a couple has intercourse to how many children they have—it’s really less than one percent… it’s not like every single time you have intercourse you get pregnant and you have a baby.”
In fact, Peeples argues that the only way to be “pro-life” is to be anti-contraception as well as anti-abortion. Without contraception, there would be less people having sex with contraceptives that could potentially fail, causing them to seek out an abortion. “Contraceptives are the cause of abortion. In fact, if we did not have contraceptives in this country, we would not have anywhere near the abortion rate we do now,” he claims.
Of course, that’s exactly wrong. There is a direct correlation between increased availability of birth control and decreased abortion rates:
Providing birth control to women at no cost substantially reduced unplanned pregnancies and cut abortion rates by 62 percent to 78 percent over the national rate, a new study by investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, appeared online Oct. 4, 2012 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
“Children are a blessing,” states one figure in the movie’s trailer (which features a number of men, one older woman and, of course, Lila Rose). “We have no business seeking to say no to God’s blessings.”
How many of those policymakers who consider themselves anti-abortion agree with this statement? It’s hard to say. Still don’t be too surprised to find out that many of them who say they are trying to eliminate abortion are also coming for your birth control.