This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill.
Ahhh, Contraception. How you have enriched our society! Let me count the ways: infidelity, divorce, pornography, prostitution, STDs, out of wed lock/teen pregnancy and, of course, abortion. Sure, these things existed before your invention, but they’ve become veritable epidemics since your use has become so accepted and widespread over the last 50 years.
In this presentation Fr. Thomas Euteneuer discusses one of the worst fruits of the “contraception revolution”, explaining the connection between birth control and abortion and the 4 stages of development through which birth control morphs into abortion. “Abortion is not the revolution,” Fr. E says, “contraception is the revolution.” Sex divorced from procreation is the revolution.
In the final analysis, the abortion debate is not so much about when life begins, but the meaning of sex and the human body. As I’ve said on here several times before, people did not just wake up one day and decide they have a right to kill their unborn children – but they did progressively decide it was their right to have meaningless sex without limit or consequence. This is what has lead to the de-humanization of the unborn child. It’s not because so many people are really that ignorant about basic human biology, but that now pregnancy is seen as an undesirable consequence of and a hindrance to a misguided notion of sexual “freedom.” This attitude has turned the unborn child into a parasite, a tumor, an enemy who must be destroyed. This is why:
It is an illusion to think that we can build a true culture of human life if we do not…accept and experience sexuality and love and the whole of life according to their true meaning and in their close interconnection (JP II, Evangelium Vitae n. 97)
Here’s the thing: Sex does not (or at least it shouldn’t) have “consequences”; it has a purpose. If you have sex and you or your partner gets pregnant, something did not go wrong. Something went beautifully and fundamentally right! Sexual intercourse is meant to be both unitive and procreative – a renewal of the marriage covenant. Any sexual act outside of this context is an affront to our nature as human beings, not to mention a gross distortion of the eternal reality it is meant to symbolize (Eph 5:21-32).
Read: Humanae Vitae