Colorado radio host and pastor, Kevin Swanson, is known for his odd and extremely conservative comments, but a recent segment on his radio show have many people scratching their heads.
Kevin Swanson has been the host of Generations Radio for the past four years. During that time some of Swanson's comments have sparked controversy. However comments made during his Friday show have not only sparked controversy, but have some concerned about his grasp of reality.
During the Feb. 1 radio show, Swanson interviewed Kevin Peeples, director of the a soon-to-be-released documentary entitled “Birth Control: How Did we Get Here?”. During the interview, Swanson talks about women who have had hystorectomies or other uteran surgeries, saying:
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. 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.
According to AmericanPregnancy.org, birth control pills prevent pregnancy in one of three ways. It can either prevent ovulation, thicken the mucus in the cervix making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus, or thin the lining of the uterus making implantation of a fertilized egg extremely difficult.
Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian pro-life organization, claims that birth control pills that only use the hormone progesterone (or progestin) “do not reliably prevent ovulation.” Therefore, in their mind, if the fertilized egg cannot implant itself into the wall of the uterus it is aborted chemically, something other pro-life groups also argue. However, according to a Women's Health report, the majority of women prescribed a combination birth control pill consisting both estrogen and progesterone. The combination pills do not allow ovulation, therefore it is impossible for sperm to fertilize the egg and create a fetus.
Swanson does not even argue that birth control pills can cause chemical abortions though. Instead, he says that the fetus embeds itself in the womb and remains essentially forever. Dr. Charles Young, MD, disagrees however, saying women experience a miscarriage when the embryo cannot implant itself into the wall of the uterus. If the embryo is aborted, it is also flushed out of the woman's body. In either circumstance, the embryo does not remain in the uterus.
Swanson would not cite which doctors or scientists have shown that embryos or "tiny fetuses" remain in the uterus if a woman is taking a birth control pill. Digital Journal searched WebMD, Pubmed, the Mayo Clinic, American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and could find no evidence of any research studies which showed that a fetus remained in the uterus of women on birth control pills.
Swanson's comments has caused criticism, however many express sympathy at his "lack of education and intelligence". Jaycubed stated Swanson's brain was "a graveyard for lots and lots of neurons." Others simply find Swanson's comments a good source of humor, saying:
"I like when stupid people talk, it makes me happy because I get to laugh."