I’m very familiar with the idea of birth control being considered health care. The signs and pamplets about pills, IUDs, and hormonal implants are placed front and center in my obstetrician’s office.
But is it?
The definition of health care from the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
…efforts made to maintain or restore physical, mental, or emotional well-being especially by trained and licensed professionals.
By definition, health care maintains and restores our physical systems as they were created to function.
Birth control methods and surgeries impede and/or “break” our reproductive systems, causing them to behave in an unnatural way.
Knowing this, should birth control be considered health care?
By definition, I would say no, especially when utilized simply because one wishes to prevent having children. Birth control causes our bodies to behave unnaturally. It harms instead of heals.
Ladies, our bodies were created to give life.
Our bodies were created to nurture another human being into existence.
What an honor! Why are we willing to cause harm to our bodies in order to give away this beautiful right?
The birth control pill does not come without side effects. From Planned Parenthood’s website:
“Even though birth control pills are very safe, using the combination pill can slightly increase your risk of health problems. Complications are rare, but they can be serious. These include heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and liver tumors. In very rare cases, they can lead to death.“
The Lord, who created our bodies, made them to behave according to His perfect plan. His ways are holy, and His plans are for our good.
In our fallen world, we do sometimes need medical intervention, but birth control does not fit into this category.
It does not maintain or restore our physical well being.
The Lord brought restoration to this area of my life, and He can do the same for you. He loves you so very much. Let’s choose to walk in His truth and ignore the lies of our culture.
My prayer is that as a society, we will begin to see the value of chastity outside of marriage, and the value of children inside of marriage.
Bearing children is an amazing and awesome thing. Let’s not allow our culture to tell us any differently.