Monday, June 20, 2005

Quick facts about contraception

Today’s question comes from the father of three girls in their early 20s who ask their father to explain how the pill acts as an abortifacient. He is not finding any success and is looking for a visual aid to show fertilization in the fallopian tubes and resultant non-implantation of the newly fertilized child. He also wants facts on the hormone manipulation on the woman’s body.

Great question! So many people do not know the basic facts about chemical contraception, including most women and girls who take these high dosage hormones.

Pharmacists for Life, International has a great resource on their website that describes the abortifacient effect of contraception.

Nucleus Medical Art has many professional, text book quality medical drawings which will be useful in understanding the female body. Type “fertilization” in the search box to find 4 of these diagrams.

Another great resource for understanding the impact of contraception is Christopher West’s presentations and books, such as The Good News about Sex and Marriage. His books are available from Ascension Press.

Here are some biblical references that form our opinion on (that is, against) contraception:

Children are a gift from God: Genesis 4:1; Genesis 33:5
Children are a “heritage” from the Lord: Psalm 127:3-5
Children are a blessing from God: Luke 1:42
Children are a “crown to the aged”: Proverbs 17:6
God blesses barren women with children: Psalm 113:9; Genesis 21:1-3; 25:21-22; and 30:1-2; 1 Samuel 1:6-8; Luke 1:7, 24-25
God forms children in the womb: Psalm 139:13-16
God knows children before birth: Jeremiah 1:5; Galatians 1:15

Read the Catholic translation of the Bible online at the USCCB website.

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