The Birth Control Flap

    Yesterday, I read an article by Maura Casey, in the Hartford Courant, called “Catholic Women Must Speak Out”.  (http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/hc-op-casey-catholic-bishops-not-speaking-for-wome-20120219,0,6130105.story).

It’s an excellent article exhorting Catholic women to begin speaking out about birth control and override the Catholic Church’s ban against birth control.  I happen to agree whole-heartedly with Ms. Casey.  However, I think that speaking out applies to ALL women, not just Catholic women.

      As a lapsed Catholic girl myself who used birth control in the ancient days of the 1970’s and ’80’s (when it really was an evil thing to do), I agree with Ms. Casey’s point that it should be a personal choice.  I cannot see the sense in having more children than you can afford……..or care for.  In this century having more than two or three kids is simply not practical for the majority of people in this country.  Time to spend with your children, money, and housing are limited commodities for most parents who each may work 40 hours a week.

Besides, we no longer need to fill up the planet with people as they did in Biblical times.  Infant mortality is infinitely lower than it used to be so we don’t need to have a dozen kids so that at least half of them will live.  We’re no longer a completely agrarian society so we don’t need the extra dozen little field hands to work the farm with us.  Diseases are not killing off our children the way they used to, or adults for that matter.  In all, with a population of 7 billion on the planet, you’d think the Catholic Church would back down on the no birth control thing out of common sense, if nothing else.

The main problem seems to be that the people handing down the edicts on birth control are all men.   Show me the last time a man got pregnant, carried to term, went into labor and delivered a child.   THEN maybe he can dictate an edict on birth control.  The Pope, bishops, and cardinals of the Church, let alone the legislators, cannot seem to understand the toll too many births take on a woman’s body.  They don’t understand that even a normal, ordinary pregnancy and birth permanently changes a woman’s body, as does every birth thereafter.   Between the hormones, weight gain and loss, swelling, pressure on internal organs,  and stress of the birth, the female human body is altered forever and not always for the better, as Ms. Casey mentions in her article and every woman and doctor can tell you.  How is a man supposed to truly understand that?

The right to use birth control should be the individual woman’s choice. Not the church’s nor the governments.  The wisdom of the Church, the Bible and their moral teachings are a good grounding for everyone, but they need to leave women’s reproduction to the woman. Not a bunch of men with political aspirations and no practical experience.

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I believe that we are here for a reason. We just don't know what it is. I believe there are no borders or color differentiations. We're all the same under the skin and we all want the same basic things. I hate injustice and tend to take a stand against what I feel is unfair and just plain wrong. So, read on and comment if you'd like. Happy New Year!
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