Last Thursday, Pastor and amateur shock jock Kevin Swanson went on the record during his “Generations Radio” broadcast to bring to light new evidence from an unnamed group of doctors and scientists that the birth control pill is far more dangerous and deadly than the last 40 years of medical research and regular use on the part of millions of women worldwide have otherwise demonstrated.
Swanson: I’m beginning to get some evidence from certain doctors and certain scientists that have done research on women’s wombs after they’ve gone through the surgery, and they’ve compared the wombs of women who were on the birth control pill to those who were not on the birth control pill. And they have found that with women who are on the birth control pill, there are these little tiny fetuses, these little babies, that are embedded into the womb. They’re just like dead babies. They’re on the inside of the womb. And these wombs of women who have been on the birth control pill effectively have become graveyards for lots and lots of little babies.
This would be comedy gold if it weren’t so unbelievably sad. Usually at this point I feel compelled to point out that the Pill only prevents ovulation and cite a handful of relevant articles from peer reviewed medical journals, but … this is just so wildly made up that it’s not even worth refuting.
Besides, if there were anything in the womb, a woman’s period would flush out all- … forget it. I know, I know … it’s a compulsion. I’ll stop.
The funny part is that the guest he had on the show wasn’t even sure how to handle this one, and he’s the director of a movie documentary called “Birth Control: How Did We Get Here?” Hint: it’s not a history of its development. Even this guy backed away from his new friend’s little discovery.
Peeples: We’ve actually heard on both sides of that. We’re researching that and want to make sure we speak correctly to that in our second film. But we have medical advice on both sides of the table there, so we want to make sure that we communicate that properly.
You can start by ignoring everything this guy just told you and maybe hop on over to a reputable hospital like the Mayo Clinic. I’m sure their Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology would be able to give you as much real, independently verifiable, empirical data you need so you won’t have to worry about trying to sort out information from “both sides of the table”. It will be all there. You’ll probably even meet some real scientists and real doctors instead of the “certain” ones your buddy’s yapping about.
I’m not going to mention any names. But that’s okay; neither will he.
Swanson: It would seem, and I realize that people are a little split on what are all the effects of the birth control pill, but it would seem that there’s a tremendous risk in the use of it for the life of children.
Swanson is confusing the worlds of religion and science again. In the former, some people work under the belief that they can pretty much make up all of the shit they want about any aspect of life, morality, and the effect of belief on salvation as long as the divinity of Jesus is left alone. For example, here he blames homosexuals for Sandy and Katrina. Hardly original, but it’s a good staple. (Jack Chick uses a similar strategy, condemning peace workers in Africa to hell and saving last-minute born-again murder convicts while portraying God as this faceless tyrant who answers true believers’ prayers with the efficiency of a 911 dispatcher.)
His mistake is in assuming that dealing with issues of actual science works the same way. It doesn’t – not by a long shot. Not even the American public – with its limited collective scientific literacy – is able to hear the degree of tinfoil hat lunacy he peddles without stifling a barking laugh. Swanson hasn’t quite realized that you can’t make the same nebulous claims about medicine that he can about his own religion and expect people to just take his word for it – especially when those claims are so unbelievably contrary to our entire body of scientific knowledge collected in the field. People who actually know what they’re talking about will call you out on it.
I would ask why he did it, but it’s the usual misogyny that’s become so commonplace among conservative Christians who wish to make a name for themselves. And, with a guy like Swanson, I have very little doubt he’ll be considered nothing more than a laughing stock by the majority of the American public for his views on women and his rather unique recent medical “findings”. The public treatment of Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin comes to mind, and gives me hope for the future.