New Book: Pill is Marital ‘Cancer’ — Mentally, Physically and Spiritually

NEW YORK, June 29 /Christian Newswire/ — Irish pharmacist and pro-life leader Patrick McCrystal is in New York City this week for the U.S. launch of his second book, which deals with the devastating effect contraception has on marriages and the culture as a whole.

McCrystal’s book comes on the heels of Nancy Gibb’s recent expose in Time magazine, “Love, Sex, Freedom and The Paradox of the Pill,” which celebrates the “first medicine ever designed to be taken regularly by people who were not sick.”  This was followed by the surprisingly candid commentary on the Pill by movie star and celebrity sex symbol Raquel Welch, who sees the lasting legacy of the Pill as the breakdown of marriage and the family: “I myself have been married four times, and yet I still feel that it is the cornerstone of civilization, an essential institution that stabilizes society, provides a sanctuary for children and saves us from anarchy.”

“Contraception is a most potent destroyer of marital harmony,” said McCrystal, author of Who’s at the Centre of Your Marriage: The Pill or Jesus Christ.  “Most would be surprised to see me and Raquel Welch lining up on the same side of a debate, but she makes some very smart and accurate points in her column,” observed McCrystal.  “While her diagnosis is correct, my book goes a step further to offer the prescription that can help heal ailing couples: re-centering their marriage on Christ.”

Read the rest at this link.

5 thoughts on “New Book: Pill is Marital ‘Cancer’ — Mentally, Physically and Spiritually

  1. A very interesting article. I wished people could grasp what the Pill is truly doing to their marriage. When you take the pill you are putting a wall between you and God because you are telling your partner, “I want everything there is about you, except your fertility”. How is this supposed to make us feel when this message is being sent to our unconscious. Part of us is now undesirable, and God made all of us, so now a part of who God is is BAD. Thus, the wall between you and God.

    I was on the pill before I got married and didn’t believe how destructive it was until someone made me think about what I was really doing. Back in the late 60s a document came out (Humanae Vitae) predicting what the Pill would do to society over the course of time. This document was scoffed at by many but decide for yourself if the predictions came true: First, there would be a general lowering of morality in society; Second, there would be a general disregard for the physical and psychological well-being of females by males (think pornography and sexual abuse); Third, that governments would use family planning programs for coercive purposes once contraception became widely available; and Fourth, that we would begin to treat our bodies as though they were machines.

    This is so toxic to us and our society. We need to take back that which God gave us and protect it with love and reverence. Fertility is not a bad thing in marriage. Children help to bond a marriage, especially when they are accepted as part of who we are as humans.

    There’s a social scientist at the University of Stanford named Robert Michael who did statistical scientific investigation on the effects of children on marriage. Michael’s first observation is that the statistical data show that those who use contraceptives have fewer children and have them later in marriage. His statistical data show that those who have the first baby in the first two years of marriage and another baby in the next couple years of marriage, have a much longer lasting marriage than those who don’t.

    The Pill is bad for marriage. It makes us too independent of our partner, takes God out of the equation, and it makes us selfish. We are withholding a part of us that is so special and unique.

    If we look at Luke 9:59-62: And to another he said, “Follow me.”
    But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
    But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.
    But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
    And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
    but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
    To him Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
    and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”

    Jesus is telling us that we need to follow the vocation which he gave us. If following Jesus is being married and having a family, we should not run away from it. People say that they are not ready for children yet. But clearly, God has other plans. Plans we may not seem ready for yet. We need to trust God and his plans. He is the only one who can put a 2nd soul in a woman’s body. Only God can create life, we are the vessel. Say yes to God, and no to societal norms.


  2. I’m all for the government staying out of our business. But if by “coercive purposes” you mean that they are trying to mandate the number of children we produce, you’re implying that we have no free will. The fact that you claim birth control is treating our bodies like machines is laughable to me. While you boast and brag about “trusting God and his plan for us” to keep getting pregnant, darn near defines the term. Ridiculous. It is a shared opinion in my marriage to not bear children. I can assure you my husband feels no inadequacy in our love making, simply because I do not demand he impregnate me each time.


    1. You are jumping to conclusions that are not found on this site. Sexual intimacy was designed by God for pleasure as well as procreation. We do not “demand that our husbands impregnate” us. Please read more carefully and thoughtfully before making such absurd claims. No one is calling for “coercive” childbearing here. We merely wish to point out that science demonstrates the poor results of forcing our bodies to hormonally and chemically alter what they are naturally designed to do. You have freedom of choice in this area; we are simply pointing out the verifiable consequences of those choices.


  3. I’m not talking about the two sentences that were your own words, in this article. I am responding to all of the comments surrounding it. I am “putting a wall up between me and God”?, Why?,,because I’m smart enough to consider the future, before irresponsibly having sex. The pill “makes us selfish”? haha. Really? That’s funny, because I thought selfish was when you knew you could not afford to, nor wanted to, raise a child, and had one anyway…just because,,, you know “God said so” I hate to break it to you, but when you have sex unprotected, you get pregnant. There’s no magic or mystery to it. It’s not some higher being’s plan. It’s science. Sex + no birth control = baby. So the fact that someone pops out 19 kids is not an indication of “God’s plan,” it is an indication of her own poor choice not to use the pill. So please don’t tell me I’m jumping to conclusions, when it is right there in black and white.


  4. Hi Lucy,
    Thank you, also, for taking the time to reply. I’m not really one for using other peoples’ words, but the dictionary definition for selfish is :devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others. Well, this is where I feel it describes precisely what I’m defending. It is thinking of one’s own welfare, when deciding to have a child/children, when it doesn’t fully benefit the child. It is thinking of one’s self, to bring life/lives into a world that you might see as a disadvantage to them, simply because it is what YOU want.

    I do consider my marriage to be a very strong one, built on trust, honesty, fun, and most important, of love. That being said, if someone else were in love, but decided not to marry, I would not deem that a selfish act. I feel as though everyone has his/her own desires, beliefs, limitations, etc. The only way I could see contraception as being harmful to a marriage, would be if one were looking to be a parent, and the other, not.

    The reason I use quotations, when talking about God is because GOD is just one name used in describing a higher power. It just seems to me, that whenever one who considers themselves religious, in any sect, lives a particular way, he or she will use that name, to justify it. I have to admit it is a clever tactic,, to intimidate, chastise, convince, using something or someone who can not be seen, or proven. Most people would not want to burn in “hell” or insult Allah, etc. But I am not sure it is the most mature means to defend oneself. We live on earth, and do need to co-exist with one another. I wish we could do so, without judging what the other does on Saturdays or Sundays. I understand, again, that this does not define you, personally. You do seem like a thoughtful and kind woman. I’m merely explaining why I feel the way I do. Thanks for listening. I look forward to hearing from you again.


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