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Pro life organisations warn on birth control dangers

10 November 2003

Pro-life organisations warn on birth control dangers Belfast and Dublin, 10 November 2003 - The dangers of birth control to women and unborn children are the subject of a leaflet jointly published on Saturday (8 November) by the European Life Network (ELN) of Dublin and the Northern Ireland division of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). The leaflet describes how a large number of birth control drugs and devices can kill young embryos by stopping them implanting in the womb. It also points out that birth control pills and other hormonal methods increase women's risk of cancer, high blood pressure, heart attacks, blood clots and strokes. ELN's Pat Buckley said: "Rightly or wrongly, the pro-life movement has sometimes soft-pedalled on the issue of what certain types of birth control can do to women and children. In fact, these drugs and devices, which are sometimes misleadingly called contraception, can be fatal to the unborn. They also threaten women's health." SPUC's Mrs Betty Gibson said: "The dangers of abortifacient birth control do not recognise national borders. Although the island of Ireland has a more pro-life culture than many other modern nations, devices and drugs are widely available which actually have no place in a society which values humanity." The leaflet adds that intrauterine devices increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy and pelvic inflammatory disease. The UK's chief medical officer has warned that morning-after pills also make ectopic pregnancy more likely. The leaflet lists the types of birth control which cause abortion, including injectables, implants and patches. Leaflets can be ordered by telephoning SPUC in Belfast on (028) 9077 8018 or ELN in Dublin on (01) 285 1146. SPUC Northern Ireland's email address is and its postal address is 2 Veryan Gardens, Newtownabbey, BT36 7HG. ELN's email address is and its postal address is Glenrue, Ballinclea Road, Killiney, County Dublin.

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