Today I received a book in the mail that I had ordered that deals with Natural Family Planning. This is the method JP and I have chosen to use in spacing out our children. Along with the book came a CD of a talk by a doctor named Janet Smith. The talk is titled "Contraception: Why Not?" I sat down and listened to it today and would encourage everyone to read the transcript here.
I personally am anti-contraception of any form, and I think Dr. Smith makes a very clear, Biblical argument against the use of contraceptives. I am fully aware that this will probably offend many of my readers, but that's okay. Just read the article. If you won't read all of it, at least read the second half of it. If you still disagree, so be it. Whatever you do, do it in faith.
Here are some points that Dr. Smith makes:
-In the 60's, the expectation was that contraceptives would make for better marriages, fewer unwanted pregnancies, and fewer abortions. None of these assumptions were correct, and she has stats on all of them.
-Statistics show that people who contracept in marriage generally have weaker marriages
-The rate of adultery has greatly increased since contraceptives came on the scene (if most every woman is contracepting, most every woman is available without consequence)
-From the article: "..When male and female participate in the sexual act, they have opened up the arena which God has designed for bringing forth new human life. And when they contracept, they are slamming that door in God's face. They're saying, 'We want to enjoy this pleasurable act that You gave us, but we do not want to let You perform Your creative act.' Now, I'm not saying that couples who are contracepting, are conscious that this is what they're doing. But, this is what the act itself means. It's much like drinking a little bit of poison in your orange juice. You might not know it's there, but it will have it's effect on you. You're not intentionally doing that, but that's what the act itself means."
-Contraceptives have negative physical effects on a woman's body, including increased irritability, depression, weight gain, and reduced libido. "Now, I don't know about the rest of you women, but I've been looking for a pill that will make me more irritable, more depressed, help me to gain weight, and reduce my libido so I can have sex."
And most importantly in my mind...
-THE PILL IS AN ABORTIFACIENT. Yes, it's true. Just read the insert that comes with your prescription. The pill's first line of defense is to prevent ovulation, but a woman's body can still have "breakthrough ovulation" without you even knowing it. If you do ovulate and the egg ends up getting fertilized (beginning of life), the pill will cause your uterus to reject the baby, thus aborting the child without you even knowing it.
So if you have a few extra minutes, please read the article. It's long, but it's worth it. In the end it also goes into the differences between Natural Family Planning and Contraceptives and why a Christian couple might opt for NFP.
If you want a free copy of the CD, click here.