Contraception & Abortion: The Deadly Connection
In the minds of many pro-lifers, abortion and contraception are entirely separate issues. But without the notion of "unwanted" children that the contraceptive mentality fosters, there would be no abortion. In fact, many forms of hormonal birth control can be abortifacient (cause early chemical abortions) by obstructing the implantation of the newly formed human embryo in his or her mother's womb. After more than 30 years of killing through surgical abortion, and now with the new breed of chemical abortifacients such as Plan B, the Ortho Evra Patch, and Depo-Provera, the link between abortion and contraception is undeniable. Professor Janet Smith describes the contraceptive mentality in this way:
The connection between contraception and abortion is primarily this: Contraception facilitates the kind of relationships and even the kind of attitudes and moral character that are likely to lead to abortion. The contraceptive mentality treat sexual intercourse as though it had little connection with babies; it thinks of babies as an "accident" of intercourse, as an unwelcome intrusion into a sexual relationship, as a burden. The sexual revolution has no fondness - nor room for - the connection between sexual intercourse and babies..."
("The Connection Between Contraception and Abortion" [Homiletic and Pastoral Review, April, 1993)
Pro-Life Wisconsin is opposed to all forms of artificial contraception. We support only natural methods of spacing the births of children. The contraceptive mentality views pregnancy as a "disease" state against which women must be "protected" at all costs - even at the cost of their own health and the lives of their unborn babies. Abortion simply becomes backup contraception. The Unites States Supreme Court went so far as to enshrine the contraceptive mentality in law in its landmark Planned Parenthood vs. Casey decision in 1992.
Please educate yourself about the deadly connection between contraception and abortion and spread this truth with love and patience to your family and friends. May God bless you in the effort.
The Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey decision, which placed some legal restrictions on access to abortion including informed consent and parental consent, reaffirmed the basic tenets of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
In what is probably the key passage to the entire decision, the Court argued that the legal necessity of surgical abortion is based on its social use as backup contraception:
The Roe rule's limitation on state power could not be repudiated without serious inequity to people who, for two decades of economic and social developments, have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail. The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives. The Constitution serves human values, and while the effect of reliance on Roe cannot be exactly measured, neither can the certain costs of overruling Roe for people who have ordered their thinking and living around that case be dismissed.
Again, what the Casey Court is essentially saying is that legal abortion as backup contraception is a social necessity. The pro-life community, therefore, needs to examine the role of contraception in legally sustaining abortion-on-demand - on propping up, so to speak, Roe v. Wade. We would be foolish to ignore what the United States Supreme Court is telling us here. Sadly, many pro-lifers sink their collective heads in the sand when it comes to the sensitive issue of contraception and its social and legal link to surgical abortion.