Contraceptive Misconception #1

  • Contraceptives should be listed as essential drugs.

Clarification

Contraceptives should not be listed as essential drugs, but as dangerous drugs:

  • Pills have been shown to cause abortion of a 5-day old baby, cancer, premature hypertension, heart disease, etc.
  • IUD's are abortifacient and may cause intrauterine trauma, pelvic infections and ectopic pregnancy.
  • Condoms have high failure rate even against pregnancy and thus do not guarantee protection against AIDS and other STD's.
  • Tubal ligation and vasectomy (especially targeting the poor) leave couples without the chance to have more children (for example, in case of improved economic situation, or death of their present children) and little or no support in their old age.

Hence, it is the right of the citizens to be forewarned of these, even in the form of government warnings, as in the case of smoking (“is dangerous to your health”), alcohol (“drink moderately”), and infant milk formulae (“mother's milk is best for babies under two years old”) -- not out of religious concerns, but as part of consumers' rights.

Possible warnings could state:

  • “Condoms do not guarantee protection from AIDS and other STD's”
  • “Pills have been shown to cause cancer and abortion of 5-day old babies”
  • “IUD's may cause trauma of the uterus and abortion of 5-day old babies”

Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II, in denouncing systematic anti-childbearing campaigns, described poisoning the lives of defenseless human beings as similar to a form of “chemical warfare.”

Excerpt from Misconceptions and Clarifications on Issues Related to Humanae Vitae and the Reproductive Health Law in Philippine Congress by Rev. Fr. Gregory D. Gaston, SThD

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