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Birth control.

FROM DR. WILBUR COLLIN

It seems to me that most authors of articles about abortion place the major blame upon Catholic married people using birth control, as if abortion was an extension of the use of artificial [sic] birth control such as the pill. (I would submit that all birth control is artificial--albeit some methods more acceptable than others to the Catholic Church hierarchy.)

I would further submit that abortion is the result of the absence of the use of any method of birth control. In fact there is a reverse relationship between the use of birth control and abortion. Any knowledgeable leader knows that one of the most ineffective ways to effect change or to bring about compliance is to enact laws, rules and regulations, that is, to use coercion. The best way to bring about change is to develop a positive approach to the desired change, that is, to educate. Therefore, I would suggest that what the hierarchy of the Catholic Church needs to do is to encourage or educate people toward responsible parenthood which includes the responsible use of birth control.

Over the past forty years the hierarchy of the Catholic Church has more or less missed the boat. As the old adage goes, 'the horse is already out in the pasture.' There is absolutely no use trying to 'round him up.' The better (only) approach is to get out the oats! To reiterate: the Catholic Church hierarchy has failed to recognize that, over the past 100 years, but especially since the end of the Second World War, there has been a dramatic change in society as it affects the family.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries promiscuity was not such a problem because people married soon after reaching puberty. Many studies have shown that the sexual habits of married people have not changed much over the past 200 years. Prior to 1900 many children died before they reached puberty. Married couples had children approximately 2 years apart because women were not fertile while nursing a baby.

As society changed with industrialization and improvements in medicine, most children survived. As well, the need for education for employment advanced rapidly. Children now require, on average, 15 to 17 years of education for successful employment. Most families cannot afford to educate more than 2 or 3 children. Sexual activities of married people change very slowly. As was the case one and two hundred years ago, most young married couples have sex more than 3 times per week. They cannot afford more children, so birth control is the only answer.

As well, it must be recognized that there is much more to procreation than just giving birth to babies. The psychological component, in my view, is at least as important as the physiological component. I would submit it is just as important for would-be parents to be psychologically prepared for procreation as it is to be physiologically prepared. Over the 50 or more years since World War II, many children have suffered psychological euthanasia. One significant value of birth control is that it allows couples to have children when they want to--when they are prepared, when the child has a significant chance of growing up to be a God-fearing individual AND the parents of not 'going to hell' because of their inability (psychologically) to raise their children.

Before people start pontificating about birth control, I think it is paramount that they consider ALL of the facts, all of the dimensions of parenthood.

Edmonton, AB
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Author:Collin, Wilbur
Publication:Catholic Insight
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Mar 1, 2010
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