PHEW HOLD ON!
The Plan-B pill has been approved for over-the-counter use. That means that whoops, made a mistake, no worries I can get rid of my little “problem.” I can’t convey to you the disgust this brings me. Are there no consequences in our society anymore? Is it any wonder that we have millions of people depressed and unable to find joy? Our Founding Fathers knew this when they wrote “Life, Liberty, And the Pursuit of Happiness.” We no longer can pursue happiness because the best we can do is medicore like everyone else. Hardships make you grow. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had this to say:
“Such interference is best understood not as contraceptive but as a very early abortifacient action.”
It is a good thing that all of us Christians stand united on this…or do we? I think this maybe the worse part of this story:
A Harris Poll conducted online in September 2005 shows that evangelicals overwhelmingly support birth control (88%). THe survey specifically asked about the Plan-B pill.
“…evangelical couples may, at times, choose to use contraceptives in order to plan their families and enjoy the pleasures of the marital bed.” – Albert Mohler, the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in discussion of the Plan-B pill with the New York Times
The 1930 Lambeth conference of Anglican bishops was the first Christian church body to authorize the use of contraceptives within marriage, even as it condemned certain motives for using it, like “selfishness, luxury, or mere convenience.”
The introduction of the birth control pill in the 1950s and 1960s offered “free love” to society at large; married evangelicals embraced its convenience and effectiveness.
“…simplistic answers to the problem of abortion which, on the one hand, regard all abortions as murders, or, on the other hand, regard all abortions as procedures without moral significance.“ – United Methodist General Conference
“People need to understand: The medical fact is that neither birth-control pills nor emergency contraception—a concentrated dose of these same birth-control pills—cause an abortion.” – Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice—a group that represents Episcopalians, Presbyterians (PCUSA), Conservative and Reform Judaism, United Methodists, and Unitarians. – Rev. Carlton W. Veazey
The Catholic Church, by contrast, stated in Pope Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae” encyclical of 1968 that the unitive and procreative aspects of marriage are inseparable. I find it very dishearting that the world outside of many Orthodox denominations and Catholics see this as no big deal. When did it become okay to tell God to stay out of life? Did God not in Genesis 1:27 give us the most beautiful gift, the chance to join in Creation? I think it is time for mainstream society to stop seeping into the Protestant faiths. Take a stand…it will be unpopular…people will leave your church…but then again, so did the disciples after Jesus taught. Be a tool for God. Pregnancy is not a disease–why vaccinate against it?