Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Morality of Birth Control

I'm Catholic, but I don't always agree with the Church's teachings, and birth control is one of those things.

I read an article recently about how a law that's in the works in Mississippi could be applied to ban certain forms of birth control.  The law is trying to establish the personhood of fertilized eggs.  They want to outlaw abortion, which as we know flies in the face of Roe v. Wade, but people are afraid that this will have the potentially worse effect of fucking up certain modes of contraception.

For the full article and explanation, you can read that here.

One thing that I find sad about the Catholic church is that it has some ridiculous puritanical bent to it, at least in America anyway.  Catholicism lauds human sexuality as a gift from God.  It's only been recently (maybe within the last 200 years) that it's morphed into some ridiculous horse shit where sex is apparently primarily for procreational purposes.  The line of logic then follows that contraception, an act which inhibits procreation, is immoral.

Fuck that.

Fucking is a gift from God, and not just because it spawns more kids.  First off, it's the most fun that two human beings can have together, and secondly it's the most intimate expression of love (if you're into that sort of thing).  If it wasn't supposed to be a gift, then why the hell did God make it feel so damn good?  "Well Jack, you asshat, that's God's way of testing us."  Horse shit.  God doesn't test anyone, and if he does then he's a cruel asshole.

What's funny is that a study showed that 98% of Catholic women (in America I think) have used some form of contraception.  So basically, if you're a Catholic that actually follows the idea of "natural familiy planning," and you keep having a bunch of children you can't afford, then you might be a dumbass.

There's nothing wrong with birth control, in fact more people should use it.  There are way too many idiots spawning children that will likely grow up to be idiots.  This is the whole shitty part about anti-abortion legislation.  We see that they're trying to do everything they can to get it banned, and now there's some other silly shit that may come along with it.

This is why I'm pro-choice.  Not because I think abortions are a good thing, because it's never a good thing to end a life--even if that life isn't capable of living outside the mother's womb--but because it's better to just let the woman choose what's right for her.  It's seriously no one's business what sort of contraception she wants to use.  There's nothing morally wrong with preventing yourself from having a child that you

A.  Don't want.

B.  Can't financially support.

So seriously, let her choose.  And I get that condoms would still be legally okay to use (I find it somewhat asinine that I even have to have this discussion about the legality of birth control), but condoms are stupid.  The pill, patch, or depo shot is a much better option.  I mean c'mon, who has ever thought that sex with a condom feels better than without one?

Moral of the story: if you're into bare-backing and don't wanna get a chick knocked up, don't go to Mississippi if this law passes.  Crass, but true.

16 comments:

Harrison said...

The problem with being a Catholic, though, is you can't do it a la carte. In for a penny, in for a pound.

Jersey McJones said...

That's not true, Harrison. Catholicism is just as much a buffet a sect as any other.

It was Pius IX back in the mid-19th century who officially codified spiritual "personhood" (the rightwing's word du jour) as at conception and banned all abortion.

Prior to that, it was generally considered excusable to have an abortion as long as it was done relatively early in pregnancy.

This whole "Pro-Life" crapolla is a modern phenomenon. Just yet another way to divide the common people against each other and keep our eyes off what the scumbag powers that be are up to these days.

JMJ

D Charles QC said...

You would be suprised how much of the Church's "advice" is ignored because of differing cultures, traditions or simply the reality of life.

I am a Catholic, proud of it, reasonably active within my community and even prefer a full "Latin Mass". Having said that, I am a realist and I consider the statements by the Church to be guidelines and goals but not binding. The goal on the subject of birth control is for me a message of how sacred life is and as long as parents remember that they may think twice about how they go about things or how unmarried couples risk morally damaging themselves.

Interestingly, I am a British-Spanish dual national and work in both environments and even Catholic-dominated Spain does things in its own fashion.

Silverfiddle said...

"Prior to that, it was generally considered excusable to have an abortion as long as it was done relatively early in pregnancy."

I'd like to see some documentation on that one, Jersey. I don't think the Catholic Church has ever condoned abortions.

I'll help you out:

http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/didache.html

You may not agree with the precepts contained therein, but it is an early church document, accepted as valid by historians.

Harrison said...

Uh were you to talk with the Pope and tell him you were using birth control and maybe cheating on your wife and stealing tidings from the collection plate I'm pretty sure he'd tell you you're not being a good Catholic.

It's a system of beliefs not choose your own rules.

Harrison said...

Pope John Paul II tossed out a ton of Catholic Light priests because of birth control:

http://www.catholicsinpubliclife.org/page2/page25/page19/files/6e60685e2d850d298a78371d0a995491-10.html

Jersey McJones said...

Silver, you do not have to cite anything. I've studied the subject extensively, by default.

Whatever Christian writers may have thought, abortion has always been practiced all over the world. Columbus noted of the tribes in the Caribbean that they used herbs to induce abortion. The ancient Greeks wrote much about it.

What? Do you thin Roe v Wade created fuckin' abortion?

Harrison - in real life where real people live everyday, they do not adhere strictly to their religious beliefs. Almost NO ONE does.

JMJ

Harrison said...

" Harrison - in real life where real people live everyday, they do not adhere strictly to their religious beliefs. Almost NO ONE does."

That's cool you're just a bad Catholic then (one reason why I wasn't raised Catholic).

Silverfiddle said...

@ Jersey: abortion has always been practiced all over the world.

That is a true statement, but that is not what you said earlier. You said ...

"Prior to that, it was generally considered excusable to have an abortion as long as it was done relatively early in pregnancy."

Excusable by whom? Did you mean the Catholic Church and Christianity in general? If so you are dead wrong.

Are your opinions formed by anything other than liberal propaganda and the fantasies dancing around in your head?

Jack Camwell said...

I think what Jersey is trying to say is that there's always been sort of a disconnect between the teachings of a religious institution and how most people live their lives.

It's easy for someone to say that something is morally wrong, especially when that person knows he'll never, ever have to personally experience it. It's not so easy, however, when you actually have to do it.

I think that's what Jersey was trying to get at. I think that was my point as well.

And Harrison, I actually like it when people call me a bad Catholic, and my retort to that is usually "I'm not a bad Catholic, I'm just a thinking Catholic." That's just the Machiavellian in me I suppose.

Silverfiddle said...

I think what Jersey is trying to say is that there's always been sort of a disconnect between the teachings of a religious institution and how most people live their lives.


If that is what he was saying, then I agree with him. It looked like he was pulling a Pelosi and misstating church teachings.

D Charles QC said...

I think Jack's comments are correct and actually that was the point I was also trying to make. I will go one step further and believe that most will take the teachings as "guidelines" to perhaps either strive towards or as an example/direction (value of life, modesty, family values, etc, etc).

Jersey McJones said...

Well, the position of the church since the late second century was that abortion was wrong, but it was not considered a cardinal sin until Pius IX, who also asserted infallibility and other insane things as well.

The ridiculous, over-the-top, religious right angst over abortion is a historically recent phenomenon.

JMJ

Silverfiddle said...

Damn, Jersey, I pull back from out on your limb and you insist on going right back out there.

"but it was not considered a cardinal sin until Pius IX,"

I call BS. Prove it!

The religious right is itself a recent phenomenon!

D Charles QC said...

TITLE VI.

DELICTS AGAINST HUMAN LIFE AND FREEDOM (Cann. 1397 - 1398)

Can. 1397 A person who commits a homicide or who kidnaps, detains, mutilates, or gravely wounds a person by force or fraud is to be punished with the privations and prohibitions mentioned in ⇒ can. 1336 according to the gravity of the delict. Homicide against the persons mentioned in ⇒ can. 1370, however, is to be punished by the penalties established there.

Can. 1398 A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P57.HTM

As for Pope Pius IX, I have no knowledge of any creation or clarification of canon law on the subject of abortion via his long reign but perhaps JMJ may be discussing of the encyclical Ubi Primum but that is about Immaculate Conception.

The 1965 Second Vatican Council actually reconfirmed almost every existing Canon Law and almost none has changed from either the First council in 1917 which did change a lot. I cannot ascertain what year each of the Cannon Laws were actually created, that needs research but as far as I can see, abortion was a cardinal sin since the days of Saint Augustine who is credited with ensuring it was declared a sin and that was in the 4th century.

More research or evidence needed from my part.

Harrison said...

This has become very serious.

Just read the book on Catholic birth control:

Your Mouth Can't Get Pregnant.

It's a best seller and a very short read. In fact, the title IS the entire book.