Recently I read a blog post by Libby Anne about her disenchantment with the US “pro-life” movement. If you are not familiar with her blog, I recommend checking it out. She writes about “leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the harmful effects of the ‘purity culture,’ the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism”. In this blog post she points out many factual errors propagated by the “pro-life” movement, and she also makes a case that arguments like “zygotes are people and we need to save them” are not really what motivate the people behind this movement.
I agree with Libby Anne on the facts: the pill prevents fertilisation of eggs, and even plan B seems to suppress ovulation rather than prevent implantation of a fertilised egg. However, this is not why I am writing this blog post, rather I want to write about something that is not mentioned in her blog post, something more basic. One of the questions generally not asked is why we suddenly use all this contraception. Many of my readers might wonder how contraception in general could be a disputed issue, but it is. Think for example of the government-funded abstinence-only programmes in the US, through which many lies about contraception have been disseminated. Note well that the dissemination of lies was not a slip but the lies meant to scare teenagers. Continue reading