Germaine Greer on Birth Control

(from The Whole Woman, Doubleday, 1999)

These days, contraception is abortion, because the third-generation Pills cannot be shown to prevent sperm fertilising an ovum.* Yet no one feels so strongly against abortion at any stage that they picket the factories where birth control pills are produced.

IUDs are clearly abortifacient: these devices work by creating inflammation of the uterus, often accompanied by infection. Women who accept them as contraceptive devices are actually being equipped with a do-it-yourself abortionist's tool. The outcome is frequent occult abortion, heavy bleeding and pelvic inflammatory disease, with the accompanying elevated risk of ectopic pregnancy.

Whether you feel that the creation and wastage of so many embryos is an important issue or not, you must see that the cynical deception of millions of women by selling abortifacients as if they were contraceptives is incompatible with the respect due to women as human beings.

You must also see that expecting women to be grateful for the opportunity to have inserted into their bodies instruments for sucking and scraping out the products of avoidable conception shows them as much contempt.

Fake contraceptive technology manipulates women in ways that we are coming to condemn when they are practised on members of other species. What women don't know does hurt them.

If we ask ourselves whether we would have any hope of imposing upon men the duty to protect women's fertility and their health, and avoid the abortions that occur in their uncounted millions every day, we will see in a blinding light how unfree women are. Women, from the youngest to the oldest, are aware that to impose conditions on intimacy would be to be accorded even less of it than they get already.


*The abortifacient effect of birth control pills is well known medically. Even Planned Parenthood's website admits "both types of pill can also prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus." However, as Germaine Greer notes, doctors usually hide that information from their patients. See: Blurring the Line.

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(Demonstration at Seattle University, September 27, 2003)
Warning: Contains Graphic Images

Interview on Birth Control

Mary Bloom Center for Natural Family Planning

Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Birth Control (by Protestants Against Birth Control)

The Preacher and the Pill (How the Church and feminism gave a woman control of her body)

Artificial birth control as a major root cause of poverty: Keynote Address to St. Vincent de Paul Regional Gathering, May 16, 1997.

What Every Catholic Couple Should Know

Why Humanae Vitae Was Right An excellent book on the Birth Control Debate edited by Dr. Janet Smith

Review of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right

A clear and concise Summary of Church Teaching on Contraception

Chemical Abortions (Interview with Dr. Thomas Hilgers, M.D.)

To plan or postpone pregnancy: Billings Method

Cukierski Family Apostolate
"Not Your Mother's Birth Control"

A clear and concise Summary of Church Teaching on Contraception

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Infertile and Catholic: Help for Catholic couples who have been unable to have children.

What is the Difference between NFP and Birth Control?

He Approached the Victim: "It's much more likely one of your relatives will lose his life by surgical abortion than by heart attack."

Surviving as a Catholic Family (Archbishop Charles Chaput reflects on the difference between Birth Control and Natural Family Planning)

Stem Cell Research: Teaching of Bible & Catholic Church

Human Cloning: A Catholic Perspective (How the Unthinkable Became Inevitable)

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Magdalene Sisters and other anti-Catholic Pornography (Warning: Contains graphic descriptions.)

Planned Parenthood hires Baptist Minister to grant forgiveness for future sins

Governor Christine Gregoire vs. Washington State Pharmacy Board

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