In response to a Yahoo! message board post "Abortion and contraception":
> If the catholic church would like to reduce abortion,
> it should change its stance on birth control.
another way of saying, "If the Church doesn’t want babies killed, it should allow babies not to be made in the first place."
That’s like saying "if the Catholic Church wants to reduce stealing, it should change it’s stance on private property ownership." (CCC 2401-2404)
Neither of these address the fundamental issue of man’s will being opposed to God’s will.
Because of sex, there is conception. Therefore, people have come up with contraception and abortion, because they don’t want to accept the consequences (reaction) of having sex (action). Trying to block the consequence is equivalent to trying to destroy the consequence. It’s the same moral principle at work that tells us that omitting a fact is the same as lying about that fact – sins occur through omission as well as by commission.
Besides, most birth control pills are abortifacients – the child has been conceived, but then cannot take hold in the uterus, due to the thinning of the endometreum from the birth control pill. Therefore, a lot of birth control is, in fact, abortion without the surgery (where do you think the idea for RU-486 came from?).
Aside from my original response above, I’d like to add that a few Chesterton quotes, once again, pulls it all together.
- "What is quaintly called Birth Control… is in fact, of course, a scheme for preventing birth in order to escape control." ("The Surrender upon Sex" The Well and the Shallows)
- "They insist on talking about Birth Control when they mean less birth and no control." ("Obstinate Orthodoxy" The Thing)
- "Normal and real birth control is called self control." ("Social Reform vs. Birth Control")
Birth control does not result in fewer abortions – it results in more. With birth control, people feel they can have more sex with less consequences. However, more sex means more likelihood of conception. This leaves 3 options:
- the life ends because of the abortifacient
- the embryo embeds itself into the uterus and is aborted
- the child is born
Therefore, it comes down to abortion or birth, and we’re back to the original struggle. Birth control is no solution to abortion – it is abortion in disguise. Also, the risks of birth control are not just to the fetus – there are a multitude of health hazards to the woman taking birth control. For just one of many examples, see the AP news article, "Birth-Control Patch Users Face Clot Risk":
An investigation by The Associated Press found last year that patch users die and suffer blood clots at a rate three times higher than women taking the pill. About a dozen women died in 2004 from blood clots believed linked to use of the patch, the AP reported, citing federal death and injury reports. Dozens more suffered strokes and other clot-linked problems.
If you want to read more about the health hazards of birth control, pick up any issue of Cosmo, Seventeen, or Ms. magazine, look for one of the omnipresent birth control ads, and then turn the page. On the back of the page featuring the ad, you’ll see all the fine-print information regarding effectiveness rates, health risks, and chances of temporary or permanent infertility after taking the drug. The feminist abortion mantra used to be "safe, legal, and rare" – so much for safe!
What is needed is not birth control, but sex control. Abstinence works every time it’s tried.