Not only can birth control cause early chemical abortions—before a woman even realizes she’s pregnant—it also poses major health threats to women.

Although the Pill and other forms of hormonal contraception work primarily by preventing ovulation, these methods of birth control also thin the lining of a woman’s uterus, preventing a newly conceived child from implanting in his or her mother’s womb. The number of pre-implantation chemical abortions that occur this way each year probably exceeds the number of typical surgical and chemical abortions.

What are the dangerous side effects of some of the more popular methods of hormonal birth control?

The Pill: Risks include heart attack, blood clotting, stroke, breast cancer, weight gain, cancer of the liver, gallbladder disease, and hypertension.

The Morning After Pill/Plan B®: The Morning After Pill is a high dose birth control pill. Specific risks include heightened risk of ectopic pregnancy and blood clot formation. There are no long-term studies to show if women could be permanently injured or risk diseases like cancer from these chemicals being given in such high doses.

The Ortho-Evra® Patch: The Patch is associated with numerous reports of death from blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. The Food and Drug Administration has warned women that the patch carries a higher risk of blood clots than the birth control pill.

The NuvaRing® vaginal ring: Dozens of NuvaRing lawsuits have alleged that the birth control ring caused them to develop blood clots which led to a pulmonary embolism, amputation or death.

Depo-Provera® Contraceptive Injection: Specific risks include excessive bleeding, temporary or permanent sterility, increased risk of cervical cancer and breast cancer.

Ella®: The new “Ella” pill has both pre- and post-implantation abortifacient mechanisms of action. It has the same chemical make-up as the RU-486 abortion pills and thus can block progesterone and kill an already implanted embryo. Risks include ectopic pregnancy and blood clot formation, excessive bleeding. Alarmingly, there are no reproductive toxicology studies to demonstrate the effect of Ella on fetal development.

Source: American Life League and Pro-Life Wisconsin