The Birth Control Pill documentary
28 days on the Pill
Can the Birth Control Pill cause spontaneous abortions? This is not a slickly-produced film, but it is well-argued and thought-provoking and shows there is good reason to think that it may. It is 46 minutes, but a shorter 7 minutes version is also available at ThePill.notlong.com.
So can the the Pill cause abortions? The answer provided in 28 Days is... maybe.
The pill has two main mechanisms of action, both of which act to prevent conception. The first stops ovulation (the release of an egg) and the second thickens cervical mucous to stop sperm in their tracks. But some of the experts the films producers visit talk about a third mechanism as well, that thins the lining of the uterine wall. Should conception occur, these doctors believe the lining is likely to be less hospitable to the implantation of the newly conceived baby and that may result in an abortion or miscarriage of that child. The evidence is less than conclusive, but worth examining.
While 28 Days has noticeably low production values - it looks like something the average viewer might be able to make - but this is more than made up for with the sheer utility of this documentary. The producers have talked to the experts, done the research, and in a short space of time present a lot of information in an understandable, concise manner. The end result is a film that anyone using the Pill, or considering it, must see.
Buy it at 28daysonthepill.com and view it online at Vimeo.com/12090300. A shorter 7 minutes version can be viewed below.