Ethics, personhood, birth control, contraceptives


If personhood begins at the moment of conception, the failure of an embryo to implant results in the death of a person. Therefore, many in the pro-life community worry about the ethics of using oral contraceptives, if such hormonal birth control actually interferes with implantation (a so-called “abortifacient” effect). Obviously killing is wrong, and death should be avoided. However, even if contraceptives occasionally prevent implantation, a very good case can still be made in favor of their use. This paper seeks to show how contraceptives, even if they cause implantation failure, can be used with a clear conscience.

Life is sacred, and almost all of us can agree with that. Yet even under optimal conditions, 40% of all embryos fail to implant (Diedrich et al, 2007). That is a great deal of death that is often not taken into account. In keeping with the principle of saving life, we have the duty to avoid implantation failure if possible.



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