Particular Examen : Contraception and Artificial Birth Control
"Behold, I come quickly: and my reward is with me
to render to every man according to his works."
Reward for Our Works (Rev 22:12-15)
Contraception and Artificial Birth Control
Throughout the world, contraception is used aggressively as a means of birth regulation and control of the gift of life. Sadly, this is true even among a high percentage of practicing Christians and Catholics.
For many, it is a 'non-issue' — a matter of 'personal' morality divorced from any standard other than their own desire for gratification. Church teaching does not impinge upon many since it is seen as irrelevant.
Many couples think:
'Well, we have not aborted any child, but we do not feel that another child is economically or emotionally desired. What is the difference between taking a pill to avoid pregnancy, or using so-called Natural Family Planning. The end result is the same — no child!"
Therefore, many couples use 'artificial birth control' methods, primarily the 'pill', to prevent pregnancies. A little known fact may shock users of the pill:
Changing the Definition of "When Life Begins"
From the article by J.C. Wilke, MD.
"American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Changes the Definition of When Life Begins"
"In the early 1960's officials from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology teamed up with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and they simply redefined the word 'contraception'.
They said it would no longer be the time of union of sperm and ovum, but rather would be the time, one week later, when this new human being plants inside the lining of the mother's womb. "Fertilization' would still be the word used for the time of union of sperm and ovum. The interesting thing was though that no one knew of this change except an inner circle of medical and drug people. And so what happened? Well, just what they planned.
Today a physician can call the IUD a 'contraceptive', and mean that it prevents implantation in the wall of the uterus, while his patient, hearing him use the word, 'contraception', will understand it to mean 'the prevention of the union of sperm and ovum'. And so, presto! an abortifacient is called a 'contraceptive', and everybody is fooled. A classic example of double-speak, or the perversion of language.
That slight of hand definition change happened 30 years ago. Today only a few physicians know that many so-called contraceptives really act as abortifacients."
The bottom line?
The pill kills children in the womb.
The Fecundity of Marriage :: #2370
The Catechism of the Catholic Church: Life In Christ : The Ten Commandments
#2370: ".... In contrast, 'every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible' is intrinsically evil:
Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other. This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to a falsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to give itself in personal totality.... The difference, both anthropological and moral, between contraception and recourse to the rhythm of the cycles... involves in the final analysis two irreconcilable concepts of the human person and of human sexuality."