American Life League is in the final stages of preparing for the 2012 Pill Kills symposium. For the edification of the entire country, we will bring together experts who will discuss, diagnose, and expose the facts about the pill and its deleterious effects on women, preborn children, the family, and cultural attitudes toward the human person.
The first such event was planned five years ago for the express purpose of reminding America that, when the Supreme Court ruled in the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut case, it laid the groundwork for the 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton abortion decisions. Griswold “established a ‘right to privacy,’ not formerly identified in the Constitution of the United States in matters of sexual practices, and still not found there today except in the creative minds of a politically active Supreme Court. So, because of that case, birth control/contraception/family planning—whatever one wishes to call the artificial separation of man and woman during sexual intercourse—became a matter of ‘privacy.’”
What has happened in the intervening years is well documented in many publications. But what is rarely understood about the consequences of cultural acceptance of the practice of contraception was wisely stated in T. S. Eliot’s “Thoughts after Lambeth”: “The world is trying the experiment of attempting to form a civilized but non-Christian mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time: so that the faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization, and save the world from suicide.”
In other words, when man separates himself from God in decisions regarding whether or not to procreate children, man is rejecting God’s involvement in man’s creation. And in setting himself up as his own god, man loses his sense of the sacredness of transmitting new life. The pill sterilizes all of that, denuding the awesome and insulting the remarkable.
At a purely physical level, the pill takes its toll as well. Political scientist and author Carson Holloway writes,
[A] woman’s body is a natural system like any other. It is devised by nature—for a portion of the woman’s lifespan—to be capable of becoming pregnant, to be fertile. Medical science cannot simply turn that fertility on and off like a light switch. It is rather to be expected that suppression of fertility through the use of birth control pills will carry certain physical costs for the woman who does it.
Among these costs are increased risks of blood clotting, threats to cardiac health, and decrease in libido. In addition, we know from published pharmacology that the pill can thin out the uterine wall, making it impossible for the newly procreated baby to implant. Because of this action the preborn child dies.
Statistically, it has been argued that the availability of contraception has contributed to a decrease in teen births, but even that claim is suspect, as professor Michael New has documented. According to New, statistics from various states have been manipulated by those who want to make positive claims about the use of contraceptives among teens without verifying the data. Unsurprisingly, the media is never interested in checking out the hard facts behind the claims of proponents of the cultural change, particularly in the area of sexuality.
Rebecca Oas, Ph.D., exposes the dirty little secret that, not only is the pill questionable when used in the human body, but it has toxic effects on the environment as well. As more and more synthetic hormones are incorporated into water supplies, negative effects are seen among water dwelling vertebrates and other species.
All of these factors contribute to the overall delusion that has negatively impacted the culture. When Paul Adams reviewed Mary Eberstadt’s new book, Adam and Eve After the Pill, he wrote, “The sexual revolution, which is unimaginable without the pill, has had a profound effect, still barely understood, on relations between the sexes, human happiness, and a host of intractable social problems. Yet it is so much taken for granted and assumed to be such a great good for women and for society that has become impossible to discuss it seriously.”
In society’s rush toward a false sense of sexual freedom, we have become enslaved to propaganda totally dissimilar to the facts. America is in denial.
It is our sincere hope that the 2012 Pill Kills symposium makes a contribution to the restoration of moral clarity in America. The symposium is this Saturday, June 2, from 10-11:30 am in Washington, D.C. For more information, or to join us, go to http://thepillkills.com/.