Photo by Bruce Gilbert Media coverage of the Catholic response to the Health and Human Services HHS mandate, which requires group health plans to cover contraceptives, gives the impression that Catholic clergy and laity are feuding over the issue of birth control. But in fact, Catholic leadership has been at their least vocal since the issue first arose in the midth century, said Leslie Woodcock Tentler, Ph. In the latest installment of the lecture series, which focuses on issues relating to American Catholic women, Tentler said that the Catholic response to the HHS mandate diverges from past debate over contraception. The issue first emerged inwhen the bishop of Covington, Ky.
More than five decades ago, the proponents of the birth control pill promised that better marriages would result from fewer children and more satisfying sex lives, free from the fear of pregnancy.
In this landmark document, Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the moral norm prohibiting contraception and instead recommended natural methods of fertility regulation as the path to happiness and holiness in marriage. Has contraception facilitated better and happier marriages, or is there strong evidence that it damages the relationship between spouses?
And what about the alternative? With the benefit of 50 years of experience to help us explore these questions, this series will attempt to do just that.
After analyzing multiple factors that might have contributed to such a rise, including changes in state laws that made it easier to obtain a divorce, Michael concluded that the most significant factor by far — accounting for more than 50 percent of this dramatic rise — was the diffusion of contraception in American society.
When the Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of Enovid as a birth control pill in Mayit was the first drug in human history to be given to a healthy person for long-term use — not for a medical, but for a social purpose.
Bymore than 6. Michael discovered three reasons why the diffusion of contraception affected the divorce rate so dramatically.
First, it is known that the presence of young children in the home exerts a protective effect on the marriage bond, and couples who used contraception had fewer children and those later in marriage.
In fact, the total marital fertility rate in the United States fell from 3. Second, women with fewer children entered the workplace in greater numbers, and their increased financial independence made it easier for spouses to go their separate ways when their relationship became strained.
Third, contraception facilitated much more adultery than before. Divorce Rate Double within a Decade? Regarding this last reason, the late Dr. John Billings of Australia, who along with his physician-wife, Evelyn, pioneered one the first methods of natural fertility regulation, once recounted that he saw firsthand as a young physician how contraception harmed marriages: The withdrawal of this gift tends to destroy marriages.
I was shocked to notice, from the earliest days of my work, to see how marital infidelity in one — or both — of the spouses often followed the introduction of contraception or sterilization. What the Church teaches about these two meanings is what Jesus himself taught about the bond between husband and wife: We must not separate what God has joined.
When we intentionally suppress the life-giving potential of sex through contraception and sterilization, we inadvertently damage its love-giving dimension as well. We will explore his answer in the next article in this series.Oct 27, · A brief look at the issue of contraception from a Sikh perspective.
Nurse Prescribing is the only monthly journal dedicated solely to addressing the clinical and professional issues relevant to nurses with prescribing skills and responsibilities. When abortion was legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court in , these Evangelicals rethought the issue and became firmly prolife.
In recent years, as the prolife mindset has grown strong in Evangelical circles, some are even reconsidering the issue of contraception and are rejecting the contraceptive mindset.
So now a drawn-out legal battle looms over the rollback of the ACA contraception provision. Here’s a look at the legal issues that will come up, including whether the final interim rules comply with the Administrative Procedures Act, and two constitutional issues: the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and the equal-protection guarantees of the Due Process clause of the Fifth Amendment.
Oct 27, · Sikhism allows birth control Sikhs have no objection to birth control. Whether or not Sikhs use contraception, and the form of contraception used, is a matter for the couple concerned.
(PREVENTING PREGNANCY,PROTECTING HEALTH: A New Look at Contraceptive Choices in the United State, Susan Harlap, Kathryn Kost and Jacqueline Darroch Forrest, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, , pp. DOES THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL CAUSE ABORTIONS?
Randy Alcorn, Eternal Perspective Ministries, East Burnside #23, Gresham, OR , ).