Myth Number 1: Artificial contraception makes sex safe.
Response: Safe for whom? Because it’s never completely “safe”, even for unmarried men looking to get off. Artificial contraception does not prevent sexually transmitted disease, and does not fully prevent pregnancy. It is an abortifacient, so if a woman gets pregnant while using it, the unborn child is exposed to the risk of spontaneous abortion.
Moreover, artificial contraceptives increase the risk of developing blood clots and DVTs, nearly doubles the risk of stroke in women (according to the American Heart Association), increases the risk of glaucoma, and certain forms of cancer.
Myth Number 2: Artificial contraception improves marriage.
Response: 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 creates a climate for sexual objectification of women, reduces sex to a mere recreational activity, and cultures an attitude promoting lack of responsibility among the sexually active. The rates of illegitimacy and divorce continue to skyrocket, and artificial contraception has played its part in contributing to these enormous social problems. Groups like Planned Parenthood think it’s all a big joke, and there’s nothing tasteless at all about gowns made from condoms.
Myth Number 3: Artificial contraception reduces the numbers of abortion.
Response: Pro-choicers continue to beat this drum, even though it’s a total fabrication. A recent study shows that two-thirds of women in Britain seeking abortions were using contraception. And the biggest effects of abortion are felt by racial minorities and the poor. The African American population constitutes only 12% of the national population, but accounts for 35% of the abortions performed in this country, just the way Margaret Sanger wanted it.
Even though the Pro-Life Generation is gaining ground, we need to face the fact that 57 million abortions have been performed in this country since Roe v. Wade, many of which would not have happened but for the increase of permissiveness about pre-marital sex, given license by widespread artificial contraception use.