Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Pill- An Elixir of Life?

Today I read a disturbing article in my town's newspaper about how oral contraception is an "elixir of life" and how the pill took women out of the Stone Age.  I promptly sent out an email to all the moms in my mom's group with an attachment to the article and a contact form for the editor. 

Interesting enough, today is also the feast day of St. Justin who is known for standing up for his faith and his work against heresies.  This definitely prompted me to do a little research and write a letter to the editor.  Here's my little letter. It had to be under 300 words, which was hard, but I think I got the main points out there.

The article: "Birth Control- the Elixir of Life" by  Malcolm Potts fails to mention how the many ways the pill is dangerous.  In fact, the pill KILLS.   It kills the environment, women and babies.   Numerous studies have shown how the chemicals from the pill discharge wreaks havoc for the reproductive systems in fish in waterways across the globe including the Potomac.  The pill kills the newly conceived embryos of suspecting mothers using many different contraceptives.  Lastly, the pill kills women by increasing the risk of breast cancer by up to 40%.  The pill also causes blood clots, heart attacks, and pulmonary embolisms.  The pill is an "elixir of life?" Hardly! Let's get the facts straight! 

I knew about all the ways the pill is dangerous, but I wasn't sure about the details, so I found a great website: www.thepillkills.com to help me formulate my argument.

If you care to read the article in my local newspaper, here's the link.  It's actually written by a guy in Berkeley California.  I also find it annoying that he had to mention how the Catholic Church was against contraception from the start.  He didn't say anything nasty about the Church, but the fact that he had to make that connection with the Church and the Stone Age shows he is trying to undermine the teachings of the Church.  I don't know about you, but I am so done with our culture of death and lies! And I'm only 28! What will happen when I'm 40? I just may go crazy... or become a national speaker. A crazy national speaker is more likely! 

What do you think?


Allison said...

We have been sold a bill of goods. I know I was. I urge every woman to read "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" Catholic or nonCatholic, there is so much we do not learn about how our bodies work.

If I had daughters, I would read this book with them, and teach them about how their bodies work by focusing on ovulation as the cycle's climax, not menstruation as the climax.

Consumer culture would tell us that contraceptives empower us. They do not.

Mandy said...

I just think waaaaay too many women don't do enough research on oral contraception before they decide to us it. The info is out there, they just don't care to look it up.