Marie Stopes

Marie Stopes and Birth Control

Marie Stopes is not just the name of an abortion provider.  Marie Stopes was the woman who founded the first Birth Control centre – The Mother’s Clinic – in Britain on 17 March 1921.

This clinic was originally meant for married women to enable them to enjoy sex following the publication of her book ’Married Love’ which was the first sex manual of its kind in the UK. The Church, medical establishment and the press all labelled the book as “immoral” and “obscene”. ‘Married Love’ only briefly mentioned contraception but was followed by a more detailed book on contraception called ‘Wise Parenthood’.

By 1930, and gaining much publicity by fighting the Roman Catholic Church concerning birth control methods, other family planning organisations had appeared. They joined forces to form the National Birth Control Council. This later became the Family Planning Association. Although Marie Stopes resigned from the FPA when she disagreed how it should be run, she continued to promote birth control worldwide. Marie Stopes International now works in more than 35 countries around the world.

Margaret Sanger, an eugenicist and founder of Planned Parenthood in the USA was involved in similar work at the same time as Marie Stopes. Their organisations, now linked through the Family Planning Associations (fpa), not only offer free contraceptives and advice, but also part of their ‘reproductive health care’ is that every woman (no matter what her age including girls as young as 10 years old) should have access to abortion on demand. These organisations are determined that a woman should not need to get permission for an abortion from her doctor, her husband/partner or her parents.


Contraception obviously does not work.  If it did it would mean abortions would be unnecessary.

The failure rate of condoms is only based on pregnancy rates and does not take into account the time of the woman’s monthly cycle when she is infertile. The failure rate of a condom should be multiplied at least by 4 assuming that a woman can only become pregnant one week in four. Condoms also allow the spread of all STDs including the HIV virus which can lead to AIDS, as they can split in use or by means of the inherent holes that they may contain. These diseases can be caught 365 days a year.

The Pill is another form of contraception that needs to be looked at.  There are three ways in which the Pill works.

  1. By thickening the mucus in the vagina and so preventing the sperm from entering.
  2. By preventing ovulation (the ripening of the egg) and so preventing fertilisation.
  3. By altering the lining of the womb and so preventing the newly conceived child from implanting.

Please note: It is not a fertilised egg that implants into the womb.  The child is already about six days old.

Nobody is sure at any given time which way the Pill actually works. In theory a woman could be destroying a newly conceived child every month without even knowing it.

There are also medical dangers that users of the Pill need to be made aware of. Thrombosis is the most common risk. Women over 35 and smokers are at the highest risk although that doesn’t exclude younger women and non-smokers.  Research now shows that there are links with various forms of cancer and even that by using the Pill a woman has a greater risk of contracting HIV. As with abortion, there is a greater risk of breast cancer should the first pregnancy not go to term (see

The morning after pill is 50 times the dose of the mini pill (the Pill) and this also probably works in the same 3 ways as already stated above. It must be asked why any woman would wish to take such a high dose of steroids especially if she were not in her fertile period. This pill is currently aimed at youngsters and is now being given out by school nurses without parent’s consent or knowledge.

The IUD or Coil prevents a newly conceived child from implanting in the womb.

Further methods of contraception that work in the same 3 ways as the Pill are Depo-Provera and Norplant. These are long-term contraceptives. Depo-Provera is given in the form of an injection and Norplant are small rods implanted under the skin. The long term risks associated with these are still fully not known but long term use of any drug may well have serious consequences.

Cont:/… A Christian Response