Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Birth Control and College Students

A recent Houston Chronicle article states that:
About 38 percent of female university students use oral contraceptives, according to the American College Health Association.
Few college students fully understand the gravity of pre-marital sex and know what they are getting into. Of course, our higher education institutions aren't helping. As an example, Texas A&M's Health Center helps with "contraceptive issues" and links to abortion advocacy sites which promote promiscuous behavior.

This contraceptive mentality is destroying our society. How can I be so bold as to make such a statement? Consider this. Contraception leads to a mentality that babies aren't a part of sex. Contraception makes us turn inward, rather than outward - it perpetuates a selfishness on our part. It also sees marriage as an optional social construct (an attitude which harms women and children most of all), which leads to broken families. Broken families are probably the root of most of our problems in western society - lowering of morality, crime, poverty, etc.

If you think you are ready to have sex you should be ready to be a spouse and a parent.

Paul VI was a prophet and yet we are deaf. He wrote the following before contraception was being used widely in the US.
"Upright men can even better convince themselves of the solid grounds on which the teaching of the Church in this field is based if they care to reflect upon the consequences of methods of artificially limiting the increase of children. Let them consider, first of all, how wide and easy a road would thus be opened up towards conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality. Not much experience is needed in order to know human weakness, and to understand that men—especially the young, who are so vulnerable on this point—have need of encouragement to be faithful to the moral law, so that they must not be offered some easy means of eluding its observance. It is also to be feared that the man, growing used to the employment of anti-conceptive practices, may finally lose respect for the woman and, no longer caring for her physical and psychological equilibrium, may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion" (HV 17).
Morality, culture and everything else aside, contraception can have the following side effects:
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain
  • heart disease
  • liver problems
  • blood pressure
  • clots
  • strokes
  • can cause death
Did you know that contraception is the only "medicine" that is used to purposely cause the body to function improperly? While some medicines have unintended side-effects, they are meant to help the natural functioning of the body. So, why would anyone ever want to ruin the natural function of their body in order to prevent a gift being given?

For even more, read this.


Anonymous said...

What I don't understand is how far birth control (oral contraceptives) has come in 70 years. If one objects to someone using these pills they are seen as bigoted, religious right, zealots, Christian Mullahs. The USA has lost much of its sense of morality and is not a good place to raise a family.

HamletIv166-167 said...

I fully respect Paul VI, but to be honest, I've always thought that the idea a marriage where the wife is considered "as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment" has nothing to do with contraception.

After all, we've all heard of Alice, Lady Hillingdon's advice from the early 1920s when expecting a nocturnal visit from her husband: "I lie down on my bed, close my eyes, open my legs and think of England." The expectation of children wouldn't do anything to stop this -- if a man considers his wife a tool of pleasure, then he would have little respect for what happens as a result.

If it's not the prospect of children that impels a husband to respect his wife, it seems improbable that a decision to engage in contraception would lead one partner to see the other as a tool of pleasure. If they didn't view each other that way before the use of contraception, then why after?

Think of it this way -- there have been, throughout history, marriages that exist where one party dominates the other. And for centuries these relationships have had nothing to do with contraception. In fact, I would imagine that in such a marriage, regardless of whether or not contraception is used, the roots of the problem are much, much deeper than whether or not one party uses birth control.

Big Tex said...

Well, as I tell my NFP students (usually directed towards the guys), "So, we have a medication for women that can cause weight gain, moodiness, and loss of libido. Sounds like the perfect gal to me!"