Monday, March 21, 2011

Abstinence is the goal to shoot for but...

Read this first and see the root of my indignation.

Why is this hard to understand? Rational advocates of birth control do not endorse willy-nilly the destruction of life in the womb. What are we, nuts? Why does the church's thinking stop only at the womb? Did anyone ever consider what happens beyond the womb? the consequences of unplanned births?

Yes, yes, I've heard it all: if people didn't focus solely on their own carnal desires (i.e. want to have sex like rabbits) then this problem would be moot. True. But any kind of public policy on birth and family must take into account--
  1. the existence of the exact same people: the "sinners," the hedonists, the incorrigible, the uneducated, and the circumstantially unlucky; and
  2. the consequences of their interaction with everyone else
Abstinence is the goal to shoot for but we cannot absolutely expect everyone to toe the line.   

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