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Abortion doesn’t exist in a vacuum

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America has become a culture of contraception. It is a culture where the act of sexual intercourse has been divorced from its natural purpose — procreation — and used instead as a form of recreation or, in some cases, degradation and even violence. It’s not a very politically correct idea in this age when the only sin people recognize is “intolerance,” but as long as people fail to follow the basic tenets of sexual morality, there is going to be a demand for abortion.

Birth control pills.America has become a culture of contraception. It is a culture where the act of sexual intercourse has been divorced from its natural purpose — procreation — and used instead as a form of recreation or, in some cases, degradation and even violence.

When the natural law (never mind the moral law) is violated, bad things result. Look at venereal disease, for example. Twenty-five percent of sexually active adults have genital herpes. Some don’t even know it. A similar percentage have HPV, which is incurable and can lead to genital warts or cervical cancer. Many more have, or have been treated for, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and even HIV/AIDS.

Sex was designed to make new people. That is why it is very difficult for two fertile people to have sex regularly without making a baby. People must go to great lengths to avoid pregnancy.

The pill, the patch, IUDs, and Depo-Provera shots: every single one of these methods is extremely harmful to women. They all release synthetic hormones into a woman’s body that trick it into thinking it is pregnant. They can also cause very early abortions and even long-term or permanent infertility.

Nothing besides abortion has been more detrimental to women and, by extension, to society, than artificial birth control. What makes it doubly insidious is that it has been packaged and sold to women as an empowering tool in their liberation, a way for us to enjoy “reproductive freedom.” So what does this actually lead to, besides the risk of breast cancer, heart attack, blood clots, and stroke? It leads to the type of relationship where a woman becomes involved with a man and, if she happens to get pregnant despite being on birth control, he feels he has the right to say, “Well, look, I’m a modern, liberated guy. Whatever you decide is your choice. But I’m not ready to be a father, and I don’t want to pay child support. So… here’s a few hundred bucks. See ya!”

This scenario is ridiculously common. And all those who argue that condoms aren’t so bad because they don’t directly cause abortion or adversely affect women’s health should understand that when condoms fail, it leads to exactly the same scenario as the one above: a culture in which a child is viewed as a “mistake.” This leads to abortion again and again and again.

I remember a commercial from a few years back that made my stomach turn. In it, a bunch of women are sitting in a bar, surrounded by a bunch of pigs who are also drinking and hanging out, oinking and snorting at the women, all of whom are leggy and modelesque and seem very annoyed. Finally, one of the pigs gets up, goes into the bathroom, and buys a Trojan condom out of a dispenser. As soon as the condom drops into his hand, he becomes a tall, dark, handsome man. He walks back into the bar and sits down across from a woman, who smiles at him. He smiles back. You can tell from their smiles that they are going back to his mud hole or her apartment for the night. The screen goes black, and one word appears: “evolve.”

The idea that having casual sex with someone you meet in a bar is only “piggish” if you don’t use a condom is a terribly common belief in our society. High school girls are put on birth control by their mothers. College-age guys are given condoms by their dads. This tells kids that anything goes as long as they are “careful.” And this perpetuates the myth that sex is nothing more than something fun to do, that as long as you “use protection” this behavior is not only acceptable, but “evolved.”

Whatever your religious beliefs or lack thereof, the fact remains that sex was either created, designed, or evolved for the express purpose of procreation. When we remove the purpose, we pervert the act, and we create a culture in which the miracle of life is seen as an inconvenience… one for which abortion is an “easy fix.”

It’s not a very politically correct idea in this age when the only sin people recognize is “intolerance,” but as long as people fail to follow the basic tenets of sexual morality, there is going to be a demand for abortion.

Kristen Walker is Vice President of New Wave Feminists for Life, a Dallas-based organization intent on returning virtue and morality to women’s empowerment.

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