Goal and Spirit of this Discussion. Deal with an extremely difficult and personal topic Help each other come closer to truth Share information Not try to force views on others Avoid lengthy debates in the large group. Church Position.
Eliminate inhibitions resulting from fear of pregnancy
Allow intercourse to occur more frequently
Reduce the number of children and thus the work and responsibility of raising them
Contraceptive sex is less satisfying—sex is more special when it is less frequent
Periods of abstinance enhance communication and intimacy in non-sexual ways
Divorce rate of NFP users is low—only 3.6% according to one study(1)
Spouses are less likely to use each other as objects for pleasureThe Relationship DebateDoes Artificial Contraception Aid or Hinder a Loving Relationship?
Medicine makes many changes in the way the body operates, why not alter fertility?
“Natural Law” is an unproven and theoretical argument, not useful to deal with real-world issues such as contraception
Tampering with the proper and healthy functioning of any body part is against God’s creative will
Contraception separates the natural connection between the unitive and procreative functions of sexNatural Law
Onan is slain by God for disobeying the Levirite law by not providing an heir for his brother’s wife
Onan is slain for the sin of coitus interruptus--contraceptionThe Biblical EvidenceGenesis 38, the Case of Onan
6 Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7 But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the LORD's sight; so the LORD put him to death. 8 Then Judah said to Onan, "Lie with your brother's wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to produce offspring for your brother." 9 But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother's wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother. 10 What he did was wicked in the LORD's sight; so he put him to death also.
Childbearing places a heavy burden on the mother’s health providing an heir for his brother’s wife
Fewer children leads to healtheir women
Most methods of artificial contraception are unhealthy to use
Some studies show a link between lower breast cancer rates and earlier childbearing ageHealth Arguments
The Earth’s resources are limited providing an heir for his brother’s wife
Particularly in industrialized countries, each child consumes a high quantity of resources
Having fewer children ensures that those that are born will enjoy better living conditions and will not damage the Earth
Countries which use contraception heavily such as those in Western Europe are suffering population declines
The US only avoids this by importing people from other areas
People don’t just consume resources, they also develop new resources and better ways to use the existing ones
Contraception is evolutionarily mal-adaptivePopulation Growth Arguments
The rate of unwed births has gone from 4% in the 1950s to 25% in the 1990s(2)Every Child a Wanted Child
Contraception in practice increases the number of abortions
Sex takes place much more often
People who become pregnant on birth control feel they had a right to enjoy sex without pregnancy
Some forms of contraception including the Pill, other hormonal methods, and IUDs actually function in some cases by inducing a very early abortionContraception and Abortion
Contraceptive Sex be born
Separates pleasure of sex from natural consequences of sex
Allows more pleasure from sex
Frees one from inhibitions about having sex
Condoned by our culture
Separates pleasure of eating from natural consequences of eating
Allows more pleasure from eating
Frees one from inhibitions about eating
Proscribed by our culture and labelled a diseaseA Counter-exampleWhat is the difference between contraceptive sex and bulimia (aka “binging and purging”?