Thursday, January 17, 2008

This is why most pro-lifers oppose contraception

The average person thinks it's logical. If you want to reduce the number of abortions, why not just promote contraception?

It seems so obvious. Contraception prevents pregnancy. Prevent pregnancy, and you will prevent abortion.

Except it's not so obvious.

Here's why.

Maclean's just did an article on two young women who became mothers during adolescence. One the mothers was very responsible-- in the eyes of society. She says:

I was on two forms of birth control, and I still got pregnant.

Not one. TWO forms of birth control.

And she still got pregnant.

Happily this pregnancy did not end in an abortion. But many do.

Contraception stops many pregnancies.

It doesn't stop all of them.

And that's the problem..

In our society, contraception is presented as practically fullproof foolproof. It shouldn't be. There are countless reasons why contraception fails. There is human error. There is the manufacturer's error. There are physical reasons, i.e. accidentally tearing a condom.

If you want to stop pregnancy, the only fullproof foolproof method is to promote abstinence, to make kids understand that no matter how much they think they're protected against pregnancy, contraception is never fullprooffoolproof.

Given that contraception is never fullproof, the only responsible attitude is to promote abstinence. If kids don't have sex, they won't get pregnant.

If you want more proof, take a look at the evolution of sexual mores. We have more contraception than ever in this society. Has the proliferation of contraception led to more teen pregnancies or fewer?

The contraceptive mentality believes that there is such a thing as sex with no reproductive consequences. It's an illusion, and if we really want to do our children a favour, we have to stop buying into it and dispel the myth.

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