Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Contraception is anti-Catholic

I went to dinner at the home of friends from another parish recently. I hadn’t seen them for a little while, so it was good to catch up. Well, most of it was good. I asked how things are in the parish, and they gave me a look that said, “we have no clue”. They haven’t been going to Church regularly for some time. Then, the question of having more children was raised (gee, I wonder who could have done that); the husband said they were contracepting. Now, he is a doctor and he has little or no clue about the birth control pill. I informed him that often the pill serves as an abortifacient; he disagreed. I told him that the pill does harmful things to wife’s body; he seemed unphased. When I spoke with his wife later, she said that she didn’t want to be on the pill.

He knows that to have a Catholic marriage is to be open to life; contraception is anti-life and anti-Catholic. So, he is willing to jeopardize his faith and his wife’s health for his career. That’s what it comes down to; in his mind, contraception ensures that another child won’t get in the way of pursuing his career goals. I’ve said before that contraception is very selfish. This is one of the worst examples I’ve seen. He is a nice guy, but is being completely self-centered in this. Hopefully, they will follow my suggestion to use Natural Family Planning (NFP).

Here are excerpts from an article, “Contraception: Why Not?” which lay out harmful physical effects of the pill. To view the full article, please click on today’s title:

There's a wonderful book out by Dr. Ellen Grant called The Bitter Pill. She was very much in on distributing contraceptives in the 60's in London, but she saw woman after woman coming in with different pathologies that she found were pill-related high blood pressure, blood clots, cysts in the breast, all sorts of things. So, she said, "I'm not going to prescribe these anymore." She looked into this and she discovered, that when they were first testing for the pill, they were trying to find a male contraceptive and a female contraceptive pill. And in the first study group of males, they found that there was some slight shrinkage of the testicles of one male, so they stopped all testing of the male contraceptive pill. You might notice that there is no such thing in the first study group of females. Three females died and they just readjusted the dosage. Now, I don't know what that tells you, but it tells me that there's something sinister going on here. Women are still dying from the pill.

If you look at the insert in any set of pills, you can get this from a pharmacist if you can't find it elsewhere, it says such things as the pill will cause blood clots, high blood pressure, heart disease, greater increase of some kinds of cancer, infertility. Now, these are very small percentages where this happens, but there are some sixteen million women in the United States on the pill. Sixteen million. And even a very small percentage is still a very large number of women. Not to mention the day by day side effects. These always fascinate me. Most women, in fact, 50% of women who start on the pill, stop within the first year because of unpleasant side effects. So, these side effects are really largely those of the sixteen million who continue, so you can imagine how bad they must be for the 50% who stop. But, what are they? Most women complain of:

• increased irritability
• increased propensity to depression
• weight gain
• a reduced libido

Now, I don't know about the rest of you women, but I've been looking for a pill that will make me more irritable, more depressed, help me to gain weight, and reduce my libido so I can have sex. And I'm sure all the men would like the woman he's dealing with to be more irritable, more depressed, gain weight more easily, and have a reduced libido, don't you? Now, why does the pill do this to a woman? Why does it do this to a woman? Well, the fact is that the pill makes a woman's body think it's pregnant. It gives it hormones that are there the first couple months of pregnancy. And women in the first couple months of pregnancy get irritable, depressed, gain weight, and have a reduced libido. And women are in this condition when they're on the pill, for week after week, month after month, year after year. It's an astonishing thing.

Now, I haven't really told you the worst reality about the pill which really is that it's an abortifacient. I've been talking about it as though it were a contraceptive, but it also works as an abortifacient. At least it says so in the insert that's in with the pill. It says that it works in three different ways: One is it stops ovulation, and again, that's clear enough. If it makes your body think it's pregnant, the body will not ovulate because when you're pregnant, you can't get pregnant. When you're pregnant you don't ovulate because you have a new baby growing inside of you and there's no reason to ovulate. Or if that doesn't work, there may be a breakthrough ovulation, and no woman knows when that's happening in her body.

Women have the most complex hormonal system, as you know. If you've ever looked at the chart of a female hormonal system, there's three major ones as far as their reproductive system is concerned. And they go up and down like peaks and valleys and they crisscross. And I showed this to one of my friends and she said, "You know, I've never felt like the same person from day to day and now I see that I'm not. I'm dealing with a whole new chemical system every day." And as you women know, you wake up in the morning and say, "Gee, am I going to be the sweetest person in the world today or am I going to be the meanest person in the world today? How do I know? Let me see how I feel after my coffee." And it mostly has to do with your hormones. You know the male hormonal system, it's just wonderful. You know how much fluctuation there is in that? There's two of them. Straight line, all month long. This guy seems steady day by day, same guy yesterday, today and tomorrow, and you don't know who you are yesterday, today and tomorrow. There are explanations for that. They're called hormones.

A woman doesn't know month by month, how her hormones are acting, whether she's not ovulating when she's on the pill or if there's breakthrough ovulation. The pill can change the 'viscosity' of the mucus. There's a certain mucus that helps the sperm get to the egg and a certain mucus that prohibits the sperm from getting to the egg. The pill sometimes changes the mucus. Or, it will prevent the nidation of the fertilized ovum. That means, the fertilized ovum, new little human being, working down the fallopian tube, try to implant itself in its mother's uterine wall but fails to nest. Nidation. The pill prohibits that and then the uterus sloughs off the new fertilized ovum. A woman doesn't know how the pill is working in her system. Norplant works as an abortifacient, the IUD and Depo-Provera do as well.


Matt Shoemaker said...

Father, I'm really shocked that the man is a doctor and is in charge of taking care of people's lives; people who are complete strangers get his help but his own wife gets put on the back-burner. it's sad but I hope the Holy Spirit will work with the talk you had with them. Great post though! Miles Christi

Anonymous said...

Depo-Provera also increases risk of osteoporosis.

Anonymous said...

NFP is wonderful! I love listening to the rhythms of my body & after many months/years of charting my temp & mucus, I learned that I don't ovulate every month. Such an education & a real sense of freedom! I little bit of an effort but certainly not a hardship.

Anonymous said...

Interesting topic for dinner conversation. Perhaps wayward souls would be more interested in coming back to Mass (which is, in my opinion, the center of the Catholic faith) if their return to the Church did not begin with their intimate marital activities.

Sir Nelville said...

Awesome post. And i have to say, the background picture is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I truly believe that many Catholics are in the dark when it comes to the teachings of the Church and contraceptives. I have heard friends say it is a "man made" rule, not one from Christ.

It's great to read this post, but more of the same kind of talk needs to come from parish priests at Sunday mass, or any mass for that matter.

Anonymous said...

7:47PM anon:

Can I add a thought to the end of your closing sentence? And end with, "More of the same talk needs to come from the home as well." In my opinion, there is no replacement for the values instilled in the home.

Anonymous said...

cI will start with I agree, with everything you stated. The pill IS an abortive measure. So what happens when the adult female who is married and has already had four children, and is now facing medical issues that doctors won't fix untill after you have "tried" all "their" other fixes including the pill... what then? I have had priests tell me its ok in this case and i still cant do that it just seems wrong.... sacraficing one life for another.

Anonymous said...

anon 10:47-

Are your MD's pro-life? Have you asked that question? There are pro-life MD's out there. Maybe they would have other suggestions, compatible with your beliefs.