The Silent No More Awareness Campaign and other post-abortion ministries have brought attention not only to the devastating after-effects of abortion in the lives of women and men, but it has also lead the way in exposing the complex and devastating emotions experienced by women who after years of contraceptive use realize that this too brings intense feelings of grief and remorse. Co-founder of the SNMAC Janet Morana brought much attention to this matter through her testimony.
For many years, the pro-life movement has skirted the topic of contraception for the sake of “unity.” Catholic pro-life organizations typically take a formal stance against contraception, under the guidance of Church teachings, but remain largely silent on the issue. Non-Catholic or non-religious organizations typically take no formal stance on contraception, though most people in those groups personally oppose contraception. Almost no pro-life group promotes contraception as a means of combating abortion.
Both groups recognize that chemical abortion is wrong. Chemical abortion is also called an abortifacient. This includes RU-486, the Morning-After Pill, and every chemical contraceptive pill or device, such as the IUD, Depo-Provera, the Pill, etc. With these medical breakthroughs (not advances!) the line is now being blurred between abortion and contraception.
While the abortifacient factor makes chemical contraception “more wrong,” over stressing the abortifacient factor of contraception fails to address the fundamental reasons why contraception is a grave moral evil. The use of any device or chemical in order to prevent pregnancy attacks the act of conjugal love between husband and wife. It almost sounds like pro-life organizations finally will proclaim their disgust at contraception now that it promotes the anti-abortion agenda. Teaching against abortion promotes the anti-abortion agenda in a deeper and more profound way because it promotes a full understanding of human sexuality in light of the Divine Plan.
A clear, concise explanation of the Church’s position on contraception can be read in this letter to the editor in the Charlotte Observer. “Love does not seek its own self-interests. It is about giving of one’s self to another. This is the essence of marriage, and of the sexual relationship between husband and wife.”