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Halacha - birth control
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

I can understand your concern about using birth control pills because I know of a number of people who have suffered long term effects from manipulating their hormones. However, birth control pills prevent ovulation, which is permitted under certain circumstances, the "morning after" pill, on the other hand, prevents implantation and effectively kills a fertilized embryo, in effect a form of chemical abortion. Such extreme measures would only be allowed under very extreme cases of imminent life-threatening danger. You should go back to the Rabbi who permitted the use of birth control in the first place and explain your concerns. Ask him if he would allow the use of an IUD or a diaphragm which have less effects on the body and are not as bad as the "morning after" pill, but are more problematic in Halacha than birth control pills.

posted:2008-07-13 07:42:44