Birth control is not the solution

An excellent commentary from Kathryn Lopez appeared a couple of weeks ago, but it didn’t make it through the newsfeed until now. Very much worth pondering:

Congress, for its part, held an unprecedented vote in the House in February to end funding of Planned Parenthood. It’s not a permanent or final vote; it was attached to a short-term move to keep the government funded. The debate in Congress was given momentum by the Live Action investigatory videos, which raised significant questions about what exactly Planned Parenthood is doing; but the rest of us need to discuss why we’ve let Planned Parenthood step in as a mainstream Band-Aid, throwing contraception and even abortion at problems that have much more fundamental solutions.

While women may want love and marriage, they don’t expect it. Justice Sandra O’Connor wrote in the Planned Parenthood v. Casey opinion that women had ‘organized intimate relationships, and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.” And why wouldn’t they? Who, nowadays, encourages them to want more?

We’ve come to expect less for and from ourselves, and for and from one another. In part, it’s the fruit of the contraceptive pill. New York magazine recently observed in a cover feature: ‘The pill is so ingrained in our culture today that girls go on it in college, even high school, and stay on it for five, 10, 15, even 20 years.” That, of course, has had all kinds of fallout: a false sense of freedom, security. And it has ravaged women’s fertility, as it seeks to mute exactly what women’s reproductive power is all about.

Read the entire piece HERE. (Not for young readers.)

3 thoughts on “Birth control is not the solution

  1. Birth control is not a terrible thing. Granted that some people use it to be promiscous or not to have children at all. Most people use it to plan their families. People have always wanted to plan ahead. There have been birth control since biblical times. Also people can use use Natural Family Planning to not have any kids since it is just as effective as the pill.

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    1. The commentary is focused on teaching birth control instead of teaching self-control. It’s not aimed at married couples but at educators who have stopped teaching moral restraint and continence in favor of teaching unrestrained license “as long as they use birth control.” The point here is that pregnancy is far from the sole problem with out-of-wedlock sex. The debate about birth control within marriage is another topic entirely. Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. I love your use of the band-aid analogy.

    I have always maintained that calling birth control a solution to societal ills (unwanted pregnancy, STD’s/HIV, etc) is like trying to close a gaping stab wound with a bandaid. In many cases, it’s even worse–trying to fix the stab wound to your belly by putting a bandaid on your nose. Really, it’s just beyond silly the way birth control is viewed as salvific to society.

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