Monday, March 7, 2011

The Myth of Contraception

For over 50 years now we have been fed a myth that is very damaging to society and to the souls of men and women. That myth is that the widespread manufacture, marketing and use of contraception is morally neutral and even beneficial because it prevents abortions.

This myth is wrong on all counts. Contraception is soul-destroying. It contributes to family breakdown and sexual sin. And, to top it all off, it also increases the number of abortions rather than reducing them.

Kristen Powers at The Daily Beast has a good article in which she discovers the truth about the relationship of contraception to abortion. The facts usually shock people when they get around to examining them. Here is an excerpt:

Turns out, a 2009 study by the journal Contraception found, in a 10-year study of women in Spain, that as overall contraceptive use increased from around 49 percent to 80 percent, the elective abortion rate more than doubled. This doesn’t mean that access to contraception causes more abortion—though some believe that—but that it doesn’t necessarily reduce it.

In the U.S., the story isn’t much different. A January 2011 fact sheet by the pro-abortion rights Guttmacher Institute listed all the reasons that women who have had an abortion give for their unexpected pregnancy, and not one of them is lack of access to contraception. In fact, 54 percent of women who had abortions had used a contraceptive method, if incorrectly, in the month they got pregnant. For the 46 percent who had not used contraception, 33 percent had perceived themselves to be at low risk for pregnancy; 32 percent had had concerns about contraceptive methods; 26 percent had had unexpected sex, and 1 percent had been forced to have sex. Not one fraction of 1 percent said they got pregnant because they lacked access to contraception. Some described having unexpected sex, but all that can be said about them is that they are irresponsible, not that they felt they lacked access to contraception.

Read it all here.

Planned Parenthood and all the condom pushers are wrong. More contraception equals more and riskier sexual activity, which results in more unplanned pregnancies. Contraception is not part of the solution; it is part of the problem.

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