Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
Contraception is popularly heralded as a great societal advancement while the Catholic Church’s stance against it has been viewed by many as, at best, counter cultural and, at worst, indicative of a Church whose time has passed.
The truth is, however, that the mainstreaming of contraception may be one of the most calamitous events of the past century. While it’s been shown that the availability of contraception has led to increases in illegitimacy, abortion, broken families, and helped to create an epidemic of single motherhood there are other consequences as well. Contraceptives are responsible for an increase in HIV cases in Africa, harming the environment, and bankrupting the worldwide economy.
1) Contraception Kills.
A story reported just this week from CNA shows that contraceptive use in Africa may increase the risk of acquiring HIV in Africa.
HIV-negative women who use hormonal contraception injections have nearly twice the risk of contracting HIV, while the HIV-negative male partners of infected women also face an increased risk.
The study, led by University of Washington researchers, was published in The Lancet Infections Diseases journal…The study could mean that the promotion of hormonal contraception in Africa has inadvertently fueled the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
You probably didn’t read much of that study in the mainstream media. Nor have you likely heard that in 2003, a study out of the University of California, found no evidence of condoms working as a primary HIV-prevention measure in Africa. In fact, one Harvard researcher said that condoms may actually inspire some to riskier sexual behavior and actually promote AIDS.
So remember all those folks who said that the Pope was responsible for all those deaths in Africa because of the Church’s ban on contraception. Remember the cartoon that ran in The Philadelphia Inquirer which depicted the pope callously telling dying Africans in an AIDS ward: “Blessed are the sick, for they have not used condoms.” Well it’s certainly looking increasingly likely that the Pope was right. And the mass push from international organizations for contraception availability in Africa may actually be helping to increase the horrors of HIV in Africa.
2) Contraception is Harming the Environment.
The Pill is polluting the environment, harming sea life, and may be part responsible for male infertility.
One of the consequences of The Pill is that massive amounts of hormones are…shall we say…released into nature through female urine. To what effect?
EPA-funded scientists at the University of Colorado studied fish in a mountain stream near Boulder, Colo… When they netted 123 trout and other fish downstream from the city’s sewer plant, they found 101 were female, 12 were male, and 10 were strange “intersex” fish with male and female features.
It’s “the first thing that I’ve seen as a scientist that really scared me,” university biologist John Woodling told the Denver Post.
The main culprits were found to be estrogens and other steroid hormones from birth-control pills and patches that ultimately ended up in the creek after being excreted in urine into the city’s sewers.
The EPA has ignored that study and others. The UK’s Environment Agency actually went ahead and labeled the Pill as a pollutant but are also turning their heads away from the disaster.
Environmentalists have remained predictably apathetic about this pollutant. We can all figure out the whys on that one.
3) Contraception Bankrupts Economies.
The mainstreaming of contraception has led to a decrease in births nationwide and in many countries around the world. This decrease in births will likely have catastrophic consequences in Europe, Russia, and China in the very near future with America as well.
In many countries, less and less workers will be forced to bear the burden of the unfunded liability arising from an increasing amount of retirees whose life expectancy is increasing.
Zenit reports that a recently published report called “The Sustainable Demographic Dividend: What Do Marriage & Fertility Have To Do With the Economy?” delivers a warning that unless the birth rate rises, the consequences could be catastrophic with fewer workers supporting a greater number of retirees. This will eventually lead to a sharp decline in the global economy which some believe we’re already feeling the effects of now. Things have gotten so bad in Russia already they’re paying people to have babies. Things are almost as bad in Europe but they’re still ignoring the problem while they allow immigrants to make up the demographic shortfall.
These are only some of the catastrophic effects of contraception. Hopefully, some will look into this and wonder if the ol’ Church may have been on to something all along. And hey, if the Church is right about this, you’ve gotta’ wonder what else it may be right about. Hmmm.