In the 45 years since Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical Humanae Vitae, we can say that we have witnessed the fulfillment of near prophecy:
…first consider how easily this course of action [use of artificial contraception methods] could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. 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 woman, 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 whom he should surround with care and affection. (Para. 17).
Artificial contraception (and abortion on demand) are the norm now. People who don’t use artificial contraception are now branded as crazy and out of step with “reality”. And while widespread contraception use was meant to promote reduction in abortion, the opposite has occurred. 1.2 million abortions occur every year in America. People who defend artificial contraception and abortion rights also reject out of hand the correlation between widespread contraceptive use compared with divorce and illegitimacy rates.
Having acclimated ourselves with commoditizing one another in our sexual relations, we now move on to promoting the same mindset in our reproductive capacities. Thousands if not millions of viable frozen human embryos are stored in banks all over the country. Divorcing couples often dispute which person retains rights to these unborn humans. Our legal system is being asked to resolve these disputes.
Here in California, a bill — AB 926 — has passed through the legislature and awaits the signature of Gov. Brown. This bill will legalize the selling of a woman’s eggs for use in research or fertility.
Do you suppose that the wealthy elite will submit to having their eggs harvested in exchange for $5,000 or $10,000 when it carries potential risks, such as “infection, the swelling of ovaries to the size of a melon, infertility, stroke, some cancers, and, in rare cases, even death….“? Or will it be the poor, struggling and already-oppressed people who enter this market of trade in human flesh?