I cannot end this series without giving due consideration to the claim that birth control pills are abortificiant in nature. While there are lots of things I personally think and believe about this issue, the most accurate way I have to describe them would come from the reading I have done through the website of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians & Gynecologists.
According to their position statement about BCPs
I encourage you to read the full position statement and supporting research documents to draw your own conclusions about BCPs. Personally, after reading and researching, I do not believe that BCPs cause abortions. However, and more importantly, I firmly believe that God is the Author of all life and has the ability to open and close the womb; as such, He has significantly more power over conception than any human action.
With that in mind, I want to remind you that I do not condone the use of artificial hormones. The risks of artificial hormones (in any capacity) are significant and should not be minimized in considering both the short term and long term effects of treatment.
Further, I want to point out the position statement of the AAPLOG with regard to IUDs. Many Christians have been led to believe that IUDs are abortive in nature. However, according to the research (and as noted in the position statement about BCPs above), we simply do not have the technology to confirm or refute this claim. We do know that under perfect-use conditions, BCPs result in significantly fewer pregnancies than non-hormonal IUDs.... Women with a non-hormonal IUD are twice as likely to become pregnant as a woman on BCPs (under perfect use conditions. It is important to note that perfect use and typical use are very different- it is much easier to achieve near-perfect use for an IUD than for BCPs, simply because an IUD is a passive contraception, whereas BCPs are active contraception that require not only a woman's will but also finances, access to a pharmacy, interactions with antibiotics and other medications, etc...)
Along these same lines, I do not believe that breastfeeding does, in fact, cause abortions. Neither do I believe that the medical conditions, medications, and treatments I listed in my first post cause abortions. I do believe it is wise to prayerfully consider whether attempting to conceive is prudent if you suffer from one of these medical conditions or need to use certain medications/treatments, just as you would strongly consider the wisdom of becoming pregnant if suffering from a medical condition that would place the mother at risk.
Which is all to say: I cannot decide for you if BCPs cause abortion any more than I can decide for you if breastfeeding causes abortion. However, I do not believe either are ethically wrong.
What do you think?