Ethical Considerations

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It’s possible that you may not have been aware that any ethical questions existed concerning contraception. For some, there are ethical considerations for sex outside of marriage or contraceptive use of any kind.  This can be for religious or health reasons or a combination of the two.

An unfamiliar ethical consideration for many people comes from a perspective that involves the way some contraceptives work. Specifically, the type of contraception that uses the method of changing the lining of the uterine wall to prevent implantation from occurring is where the potential concern arises.

For those who believe that life begins at conception, a birth control method that interferes with the progress of the pregnancy after conception creates a potential ethical dilemma.

When contraceptive methods fail to prevent ovulation or fertilization, the changing of the uterine lining is used to prevent the fertilized egg or “life” from implanting in the uterine wall. It is this second or third birth control facet that leaves people questioning whether they have crossed an ethical boundary.

The first question you have to ask yourself is, “When does life begin.” Depending on your answer determines whether you have an ethical consideration in these birth control situations.

Last Updated: 08/2015