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On Pill Anniversary, Pro-Life Action League Encourages Confident Opposition to Contraception

by Staff
June 25, 2010
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CHICAGO, ( -- To mark the day the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first approved the birth control pill 50 years ago, the Pro-Life Action League is encouraging pro-life activists across the nation to speak out against contraception.

"Contraception has radically altered sexual behavior in our culture and ultimately leads to more abortion, not less," said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League. "We want to empower pro-life activists to confidently articulate to the case against contraception, especially as we remember the day it was first approved for use in America."

The Pro-Life Action League has assembled the following points to equip pro-life activists with the information they need to speak out against contraception.

The mentality of contraception opposes life. The unborn child is not seen as the natural consequence of sex but as a "mistake" to be avoided. When a woman does become pregnant, this mentality predisposes her to abort.

Contraception encourages risky sexual behavior, contributing to the 19 million Americans who become infected with sexually transmitted diseases every year, according to the Center for Disease Control.

No form of birth control is 100% fail proof. Consider this -- even when the birth control pill is taken exactly as prescribed, 116,000 women still become pregnant every year. What happens to these 116,000 babies?

Just like birth control, condoms are not the answer. In fact, a comprehensive study by the Consortium of State Physicians Resource Councils found that as the use of condoms has increased, so has the rate of out-of-wedlock births.

"When the FDA approved the pill for contraceptive use in 1960, a chain of events was set in motion that led straight to the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that struck down laws protecting unborn babies in all fifty states. History has proved that -- far from reducing the need for abortion -- contraception only increases abortion," said Scheidler. "We hope to educate more people about birth control and all forms of contraception and help them communicate this opposition more clearly."

Additional information on these points can be found on the Pro-Life Action League website,

About the Pro-Life Action League
The Pro-Life Action League was founded by Joseph M. Scheidler in 1980 with the aim of saving unborn children through non-violent direct action. Through prayer vigils outside abortion facilities and sidewalk counseling, the League reaches out to abortion-bound women and couples with abortion alternatives, confidential counseling and access to pregnancy resources. The League has closed eight abortion clinics in Chicago alone and nearly one hundred across the country. The Pro-Life Action League is a nonprofit organization, supported solely by private donations. For more information, visit

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