Contraception Essay

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Birth control has been around the United States since the early 1840’s. Since then, there have been many developments towards birth control such as, birth control pills, patches, shots, and sterilizations, but with these results there are risks. Some of these risks may include marital, physical, and emotional endangerment. Natural Family Planning (NFP) should be the only type of birth control used in the United States due to the low divorce rate of its advocates and the health risks and violations of the Catholic Church which contraception imposes.
Couples who use Natural Family Planning have a much lower divorce rate compared to couples who use contraception. Statistics have shown that the ...view middle of the document...

Studies from Mayo Clinic have shown that women who take the Pill before having their first child will have a higher risk of breast cancer. The Pill also increases a women’s risk of cervical cancer, liver cancer, and possible fatal blood clots. Birth control producers and the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) have acknowledged these risks to be true (qtd. in SC3 28). After receiving the Shot (Depo-Provera), a women’s bones start to thin out. The FDA has attached the highest warning to this drug known as the “Black Box Warning.” This warning indicates to users that this prescription has serious, major risks, which should not be taken lightly. Many women have sued the makers for over one hundred million dollars. (SC3) A database containing sixteen thousand different reports show that twenty-three deaths were linked to the Patch (Ortho Evra,) in which seventeen of the twenty-three deaths were dealing with blood clots. Because of this, lawsuits are being filed to the makers. Men who have vasectomies, a form of sterilization, are two and a half times more likely to develop kidney stones. Men and women regret mutilating their bodies after receiving sterilization, and couples experience reduced marital satisfaction. These risks are a benefactor as to why contraceptive methods should not be used (SC3).
Contraception violates the laws of the Catholic Church. The word contraception was not used in the Bible, but the act was condemned. Genesis 38, states the story of Onan. Onan took his deceased brother’s wife to raise children in his brother’s name. Instead, Onan wasted his seed so she would not get pregnant. “Whenever he had relations with her, he wasted his seed on the ground.” (Gen. 38:9) God took this matter seriously because wasting the gift of our sexuality is a serious matter. This is the reason why God gives us an image of a bride and groom to give us a sign of his love for us. This is also why the Church is called “the bride of Christ” (SC3).
Pope Paul VI’s encyclical “Humanae Vitae” article seventeen states the effects of artificial birth control on our spiritual life.
Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards… Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a women, and disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner who he should surround with care and affection…
Finally careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of...

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