Apparently Tuesday was #ThxBirthControl Day. Some would have you believe that birth control, primarily oral contraceptives, are a wonder drug that saves hundreds of thousands of lives a year. Others called it " poison," saying that it triples the risk of suicide.
As with most things, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
In the most literal way, birth control does save the lives of the unborn. Unless we're debating the technical functions of a specific sort of hormonal intrauterine device which may allow an egg to be fertilized before the uterus rejects its implantation, forms of birth control such as oral contraceptives, the pill, the patch, Depo-Provera, and copper IUDs prevent fertilization, period. The mass proliferation of birth control, in tandem with better health education, has been a significant factor in reducing the nation's abortion rate to its lowest levels since before Roe v. Wade.