"Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” - Pope John Paul II
Disclaimer: First of all, this is no way meant as condemnation. It’s simply here as information, so that you have the opportunity to make an informed decision about what you put into your body. Secondly, all of the information I’m about to share is pieced together from many sources, both secular, religious, liberal and conservative, with a sprinkle of my opinion thrown in. I am happy to provide sources to those interested.
Ready to jump in? Ok, so, here’s the super fun thing about messing with the way our bodies are supposed to work...you can leave morality/religion out of it completely, and as it turns out, these things still violate natural law. Before you write this off as dramatic/extreme/God stuff...well, it’s just not. The facts are out there, the research has been done, and this isn’t just a scare tactic. It’s a health crisis, and the buy in is widespread and dangerous.
If you’re female, chances are you’re either on contraceptives, or it’s been suggested to you at some point. It’s a medical question on every single medical history I’ve ever completed, and though I rarely go to the doctor…when I do, well, I can honestly say I’ve shocked quite a few nurses that I am both not on the pill, and also do not have children ;) Doctors, the media, society...they are lying to you, and I simply believe that you deserve to know the truth. Contraception, despite having a spotted past, and even still a questionable present, is accepted as necessary, socially acceptable, and safe. Here’s what I think you should know.
So how did this whole thing start? Birth control, from the very beginning, was created and advertised as freedom for women. Freedom to live as we wish, and eliminate the consequences. Essentially, it was created so that we can play God.
Here’s a bit of history. Contraception was originally created, funded and encouraged by four people.
The first was Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, and a now known advocate for eugenics. In case you’re not sure if I’m right about that, she wrote in a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” Ouch. Tell me again how progressive she was?? Sanger also advocated for the proposal called the American Baby Code which states one of it’s goals as being, “to protect society against the propagation and increase of the unfit.” The unfit? I suppose that implies that Sanger is fit to choose who is unfit.
The second person was an heiress and women’s rights advocate, Katherine McCormick. Her primary contribution was simply money, and her name.
Third was a biologist named Gregory Pincus. He actually developed the pill, with Sanger and McCormick backing his endeavors.
Lastly was John Rock, a Catholic (facepalm) gynecologist. He was the first doctor to test the pill on humans. In fact, he prescribed them to his female patients, telling them they were participating in a fertility study. Oddly enough, he left out the little bit of explanation that it would actually make them INFERTILE. I’m sure it was just an oversight. Soon after, many women dropped the study upon suffering from life threatening blood clots, depression, and other side effects such as dizziness, etc.
Ok, so now we know the people behind the creation. Let’s be honest, they seem like real gems. But hey, bad people can do good things, so maybe the drug itself isn’t all bad, right?
Like everything here in the good old US of A, we like to test the heck out of it before we put it into the hands of the consumer. Following the unethical testing done by Dr. John Rock, Dr. Pincus proceeded to lead a study, and performed testing on a large group of women in Puerto Rico. Awfully convenient, as there were no pesky anti-birth control laws in place. 25% of women quit this study in the very first year due to medical complications.
As women continued to drop the study, Dr. Pincus began looking for women who would have no choice. The experimental drug that was supposed to bring “sexual freedom” and “women’s rights” to the forefront was then forced on women in medical school, who faced expulsion if they did not participate. In addition, participation was forced on women in mental institutions. Do you hear that sound? Sounds like freedom and liberation to me.
In an apparently unimportant detail, according to the creators, at least three women died from blood clots that proceeded directly from testing of this drug. Speaking of details that often seem to be left out of the story, in the same time frame, birth control was being investigated as an option for men. It was dropped completely because apparently the side effects were too great. The complications for men included dizziness, headaches, and testicle shrinking. Life threatening? No. And yet, they were considered too serious to continue down that route. Is anyone else super grateful yet that we had these great pioneers of women’s liberation in our past??
Because of the testing of contraception, and the many unethical practices employed, a journalist named Barbara Seamen wrote, “The Doctors’ Case Against the Pill,” outlining the many lies that were being spread when the pill was prescribed. In fact, it is because of her that we now legally have the right to be told the possible side effects of any drug on the market.
Fast forward. 50 years later, and here we are. Ok, so the history was bad. But with so many medical advances, surely it’s safer now, right? In reality, the only thing that’s changed is that now we have the testimonies of thousands of women, in addition to medical data, stating the increase in depression, infertility, breast cancer, mood swings and a hundred other things related to this drug. Now, we have proof.
So let me just lay out how this works, and make sure I have this straight. We must take a pill at the same time, every single day, without fail, that will hurt our bodies, increase chances for all of the medical complications listed above, allow ourselves to be used without consequence, and it’s all in the name of...freedom?
Part 2 preview:
Mother Teresa says, “love, to be real…it must empty us of self.” Contraception is selfish. It’s a killer of real, true love. It represses true freedom. And here’s why.