The artificial contraception, same-sex marriage connection: Both are unnatural acts.

What prompted me to radically rethink my laissez-faire approach to contraception was precisely the kind of argumentation then being employed by the militant homosexuals. This was a time when the average person in our society, religious or otherwise, still retained enough culturally inherited sense of the philosophia perennis to recognize that human nature grounds and imposes certainly rationally recognizable norms of morally upright behavior. So the great majority of people forty years ago disapproved of homosexual acts; and, if asked why, most would have responded that such acts were clearly “against nature,” or “unnatural.”

But the gay militants were challenging this position with a highly effective ad hominem retort. It held good for just about all Westerners except Pope Paul VI and his orthodox Catholic followers. “Hey, you folks can’t trot out that argument against our lifestyle! What’s the big deal about something being ‘unnatural’? Using condoms, diaphragms and pills to block conception isn’t ‘natural’ sex either! But you already stopped calling these things immoral at least a generation ago; and now contraceptives even have the U.S. Supreme Court’s stamp of approval since it struck down the Victorian-era Comstock Laws that prohibited their sale and distribution.”

Touché.

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Don’t believe the “experts” who claim “Plan B” emergency contraception doesn’t cause abortions!

According to Chris Kahlenborn, M.D., internist and founder/president of The Polycarp Research Institute:

In her recent article on emergency contraception, Pam Belluck cited authorities who claim that Plan B does not work by preventing implantation (i.e., early abortion). That’s a very disputable claim. The reality is that if Plan B is given close to the time of ovulation, it has little efficacy in preventing ovulation, and any efficacy would likely be due to an abortifacient effect.

This research is supported (ironically) by Dr. Croxatto — an advocate for Plan B — who found that levonorgestrel (Plan B) given within 48 hours of ovulation only definitely stopped ovulation in 12 percent of cases (Croxatto et al, Contraception 2004; 442-450.)

Bottom line:

Plan B works likely at times by causing an early abortion, and the claim that it effectively stops ovulation or fertilization is not supported by the medical literature. Plan B should be labeled what it in fact is: an abortion pill.

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Mike Stechschulte: Catholics aren’t out of touch on birth control

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?” Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. “You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

The Catholic Church does not teach that contraception is immoral because it wants to control people. It’s not some grand scheme to get more posteriors in the pews. Nor is it because the church is sexually “unenlightened” or thinks its only use is for procreation.

The church teaches against birth control because it believes sex, life and love are inseparable, designed by God to join a husband and wife in unity, so “the two shall become one flesh.”

Becoming “one flesh,” as is probably obvious, has more than one meaning. In addition to the union of bodies, the result of the act is that a new person is created — one flesh from two spouses.

When a couple contracepts, they sever the dual purpose of sex as a unitive and procreative act — a renewal of marriage vows.

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