Exactly 46 years ago today, in a ruling called Griswold vs. Connecticut, the Supreme Court decided that women had a right to decide that she would like to have sex without possibly having a baby every time she did it.
Most of us, both men and women, married or not, are very happy with that court decision, preferring not to have a child year in and year out.
Some, sadly, are still fighting the battle to go back to the “good old days” where every act of sexual intercourse would likely produce offspring. Anything less, they claim, is the “culture of death.”
The plaintiff was Estelle Griswold, then executive director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut. She and Dr. C. Lee Buxton opened a birth control clinic. They were arrested and fined for selling birth control pills, which was illegal in Connecticut. The case was pushed all the way to the Supreme Court. Griswold v. Connecticut was cited as legal precedent in subsequent cases that allowed birth control for unmarried women and teenagers.
The Griswold ruling paved the way for abortion on demand in America by defining the “right to privacy” upon which the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was based. The deadly connection between contraception and abortion is all too real. We know hormonal birth control has an abortion-causing effect, and we know the contraceptive mentality perpetuates abortion as back-up contraception.
The pill “kills,” claim anti-choice advocates, who want to stop abortions only in the realm of making them illegal, and have no interest in preventing unwanted pregnancies in the first place. They claim it kills women, citing side effects that happen with potentially any medication from asthma drugs to erectile enablers. They claim it kills babies, defining pregnancy at the moment of conception rather than implantation in order to push their agenda, and ignoring the physician statements that the pill inhibits ovulation and fertilization only, rather than prevents implantation anyway.
But most of all, they claim it kills marriages. Because a wife on the pill is a wife who could potentially be cheating on her husband without him knowing, since there would be no pregnancy to prove her infidelity.
The pill causes infidelity, affecting the woman’s hormones to make her lust for men that aren’t her spouse. It’s in the prescription.
How many people, babies and marriages have been murdered by the pill in the last 46 years? Well, it must have been a lot. According to the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Agency, 98 percent of women have used birth control at some point in their lives, and 93 percent of voters believe all couples should have access to birth control.
That’s a whole lot of “killing.” No wonder they’re calling it a “culture of death.”
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