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Popular homeschool leader Pastor Kevin Swanson continues to give unsubstantiated claims about birth control pills being “womb tombs” despite apologizing for misunderstanding in the media storm he created last year.
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Last year, Kevin Swanson created quite the media firestorm with his womb tomb comment:
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. (Source)
In February 2013, he issued a follow-up statement on his earlier womb tomb statement. I have bolded key statements.
Posted On: February 11, 2013 by Kevin Swanson at Generations with Vision blog:
In a recent program, the matter of the abortifacient effects of the birth control pill on the womb was introduced and discussed (which resulted in a fair amount of controversy on the internet). In the interview with the men who had researched the matter, it was stated that there was no persuasive scientific evidence for or against (identifying the remains or “impressions” of aborted fertilized eggs in the wombs of women on the contraceptive pill.) Although I had heard reports of these “impressions” of aborted babies, we have yet to substantiate this as a fact. My apologies for any misunderstandings communicated. Our goal is to be as accurate as possible with the information that we distribute. In a 30 minute extemporaneous program, it is hard to include all of the issues and the findings that should be considered. (Source)
Ok, so he says very clearly that he has not been able to get facts to substantiate his claims and then apologizes for any misunderstandings.
Coincidentally, The Wartburg Watch featured an article on Swanson yesterday (Kevin Swanson and a Homeschool Conference: Weird Views on Early Marriage, Homosexuals and Virtue) and also included back story on this heated topic.
Dee asked in the comments about any followup from Swanson on this topic and here was my response:
Well, what do you know, late last night right before going to bed, I saw a tweet from Swanson:
I hate it when this happens late at night. Curiosity got the best of me and so I spent the next minutes transcribing.
What was he going to say this year about the pill? Had he changed his mind after receiving new information? Was he going to soften his rhetoric this time?
Well, here it is, about a year later – – the same crapola being spewed from this man-o-god’s mouth and the saddest thing of all is that people listen to and respect this guy and will blindly follow what he says without fact checking.
I am not a professional transcriber, but I think it gets the heart of the message. The first quote begins around the 3-minute mark of the broadcast:
It’s just plain wrong for evangelicals to murder their children.
My coverage of the birth control pill this last year just about rocked the internet. I still uh . . are [sic] getting some feedback from that program.
I said the womb is becoming a tomb for babies that don’t implant on the uterine wall and the birth control pill has that abortifacient quality in which it weakens the uterine wall. And any fertilized egg that makes it all the way to the uterus is not able to implant itself on that uterine wall and therefore the womb becomes a tomb from time to time.
My guess it happens in tens of millions of cases across the United States, at least since the 1960s when the birth control pill was released upon this Nation and many other nations.
This next quote begins around the 6-minute mark. He proudly discusses how his words and message (which I find frightening) have gone around the internet in news media (Huffington Post, etc):
We have been able to reach probably hundreds of thousands if not millions of evangelicals.
And we have challenged the conscience of the evangelical population of America saying, “Hey, you shouldn’t be killing your babies, you shouldn’t be doing damage to the uterine wall, making it difficult for that child to implant on that uterine wall, and thus turning the womb into a tomb. You shouldn’t be doing this kind of thing. Be careful about the abortifacient qualities of certain forms of birth control.”
So what about those words he posted in February 2013?
Although I had heard reports of these “impressions” of aborted babies, we have yet to substantiate this as a fact. My apologies for any misunderstandings communicated.Our goal is to be as accurate as possible with the information that we distribute. In a 30 minute extemporaneous program, it is hard to include all of the issues and the findings that should be considered.
Swanson, either you have credible information or you do not. It is not that difficult to say whether the information was made up by you or you found it from credible sources and naming them.
I have once again left a comment on the Generations Radio Facebook page and here is the screenshot. It will be interesting to see if it remains. They have removed my comments before.
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Here’s a little something I’d like to say to Swanson publicly about his behavior in misleading so many women by his misleading and harmful rhetoric. Crank up the volume to get the full effect.
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- Kevin Swanson Spews Nonsense from His Mouth to Further His Birth Control Agenda
- Kevin Swanson Fails to Provide Sources for Ignorant, Unsettling Statement
- Kevin Swanson Issues Response to Dead Embedded Babies Comment
- My Response to Kevin Swanson’s Non-Response about Embedded Dead Babies and Damage Control