Apparently, birth control pills kill…

That’s according to the American Life League, a pro-life Catholic nonprofit organization. Each year, the organization has a Protest The Pill day that focuses on what aspects of people’s lives which birth control pills “kill.” This year, The Pill kills marriage and tomorrow, the organization will host a conference in Dallas, Texas, on how detrimental they believe The Pill is to marriages.

Tomorrow’s conference will feature Father Daniel McCaffrey, who’s written a book promoting the benefits of “natural” planning.

So, how does the pill kills marriage?

According to the organization:

Nature dictates that marriage is geared toward the procreation and nurturing of children and the mutual good of the spouses.

The pill is intended to alter the healthy reproductive system’s natural operation and make it dysfunctional, either by blocking fertilization or alternatively, causing an already created child to be aborted before he/she implants in the uterus.

At the same time, the chemical actions of the pill on a woman’s body can cause profound changes in her psychological and physical well-being, all of which can have an extremely negative impact on the relationship between the spouses.

Additionally, since the pill sets up a barrier between the couple and God in co-creating new life, the use of the pill has a profoundly negative spiritual impact on the marriage.

In “nature,” there is no such thing as marriage. Marriage is a man-made concept that only takes place among humans. 

More on how The Pill kills marriage, according to the organization:

The percentage of divorced people in the US increased 345 percent between 1960 when the pill was approved for use by the FDA and 1992. 

The number of unmarried women of childbearing age who are cohabiting skyrocketed from 439,000 in 1960 to an astounding 5.5 million in 2000, an incredible 1,150 percent increase in 40 years. In 2008 there were 6.799 million cohabiting, unmarried adult couples of the opposite sex in the U.S.

Births to unmarried women have increased more than 600 percent, from 224,000 in 1960 to 1.75 million in 2007, resulting in hordes of children who do not enjoy the security and advantages of a loving home which includes both father and mother. Rutgers sociology professor and marriage researcher David Popenoe said in 2005, “The United States has the weakest families in the Western world because we have the highest divorce rate and the highest rate of solo parenting.

The most glaring missing piece of information from this organization’s “facts” is whether or not the divorced people, unmarried women of childbearing age or the unmarried women giving birth were taking that evil birth control pill.

What women’s rights and reproductive health activists would find most offensive about this organization’s claims is how it completely ignores and brushes aside how The Pill saved countless of women, whether married or not, from unplanned pregnancies.

Before the pill (and Roe v. Wade, which came nearly 10 years later), women who engaged in sexual activity with their husband or their boyfriends were pretty much at the  mercy of the rhythm method and other less effective forms of birth control. Women often had numerous children with a minimal amount of time between births, which created havoc on their bodies. Many women–and their newborns–often died during and after childbirth.

Furthermore, women were relegated to the home and were expected to be the sole caretakers of their many children. Many women were not allowed to work or, if they did, had menial  jobs that barely paid the bills, thus the financial strain of caring for children often took its toll on the marriages and relationships between husband and wife, mother and father.

Not only did the pill give women the freedom and the choice to plan how many children they had, The Pill also gave families the option of timing having children around their ability to adequately provide and take care of them. In essence, the pill has saved the lives of many women.

Yes, the pill did and still does come with side effects and women are routinely advised about the possibility of blood clots forming. Yes, there are some pills that indeed lessen or strips away a woman’s libido. Yes, there are some pills that cause women to gain weight. But, the pill’s side effects are similar to many other medications, so it should not be singled out as a medication that kills marriages, babies, the environment and women.

(As an aside, don’t you just love the multi-racial, multi-ethnic models used on their website)

The pill has been for me and millions of women a life saver and a way we can prevent having children before we are fully prepared to care for them. The pill has empowered me and countless of other women to take control of our sexuality and our reproductive health.

The pill has given me and millions of women the option to decide when we want to bring another life into this world.