GUEST COLUMNS
The Fruit of Contraception

April 2007By Melissa Scollard

Melissa Scollard writes from Granite Falls, Washington. A stay-at-home mother of four, her scarce spare moments are spent updating her blog, Catholic Mother (www.catholic-mother.com).

Races have been run, ribbons have been worn, and the multimillion-dollar business of breast cancer closed yet another successful October awareness month. While grocery and department stores stocked counters with anything pink, hoping to cash in on the breast-cancer craze, the Mayo Clinic quietly released a study. No hype, no fanfare, and absolutely no media coverage. Perhaps because the study reiterated the link between oral contraceptives and breast cancer. The research concluded that the risk for breast cancer is increased by 44 percent for women who take the Pill before conceiving their first child. It is such a significant risk that the main author of the investigation stated that women must be informed of it. In 2005 the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the Pill as a "group one carcinogen," placing it in the company of such other deadly chemicals as mustard gas, asbestos, arsenic, and neutron radiation.

Instead of applauding the Mayo Clinic study, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a well-known promoter of the "Race for the Cure" marathon, handed Pill-pusher Planned Parenthood a check for $25,000. It is remarkable that many of the same women who buy organic products and care deeply about the environment are eager to fill their bodies with cancer-causing contraceptives. It seems this race will never find a cure.

One cannot miss the ads for artificial birth control that are plastered throughout the print media. Usually a woman is pictured skipping through fields of flowers or jumping in the air as if she has not a care in the world. Of course, these advertisements are trying to suggest that birth control equals "freedom." But I was dumbfounded to see in my latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens, nestled among the holiday recipes, room makeover ideas, and stealthily hidden in the "Healthy Family" section, an article titled "Over 40 Birth Control." With trendy names such as YAZ and Seasonique, the reader is given an overview of the varying forms of contraception available. The article features a picture of a woman lying with her significant other in perfect, marital (or non-marital, I suppose) bliss. She must be so happy, the reader should conclude. I wonder what birth control she uses, one might ask, maybe the IUD? If so, this special lady has a device inserted in her uterus that releases copper into her body. Fun! Perhaps she uses the Implanon. If she does, then match-size plastic rods are inserted into her arm. Lucky girl! But maybe she is using the NuvaRing. If so, a plastic ring is placed into her vagina each month. Neat! Or maybe it's the Pill, a popular choice for most women, which, according to the article "reduces [a woman's] risk of ovarian cancer by 80%." Great! But no mention of breast cancer. Am I missing something?


You have two options:

  1. Online subscription: Subscribe now to New Oxford Review for access to all web content at newoxfordreview.org AND the monthly print edition for as low as $38 per year.
  2. Single article purchase: Purchase this article for $1.95, for viewing and printing for 48 hours.

If you're already a subscriber log-in here.



Back to April 2007 Issue

Read our posting policy Add a comment
As a deacon candidate I can attest to Mrs. Scollard's words. I was told in our classes that we should not preach on such things as contraception, hell, adultery, and fornication. "It's too contraversial for our congregation (notice not parish?)", and we might upset the people who drop the envelopes into the basket at collection time. Posted by: John
April 23, 2007 10:15 AM EDT
I'd like to see more reports about the Pill. I was 19 and after one year on the pill, I contracted Hepatitis A. I believe the Pill compromised my immune system. The Pill is processed through the liver; Hepatitis is a disease of the liver. That was in 1969. I stopped taking it. I recovered from Hep. Then, in 1980's I had extremely painful periods. I could not conceive. I had endometriosis. In 1990, surgery removed one ovary. To my knowledge, science has not researched the connection between endometriosis and the Pill. Please report on this if you can. Thanks NOR! Posted by: marriage5team
April 23, 2007 10:18 AM EDT
Thank you, Mrs. Scollard. Clear, concise, and above all, the truth.
In November 2006, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published "Married Love and the Gift of Life." [www.usccbpublishing.org or 800-235-8722 document #5-787] This document supports Natural Family Planning and reiterated the Church's teaching that contraception is "objectively immoral" (p.8) It stated that "it is a teaching that many couples today, through no fault of their own, have not heard." (p.6) Amen to that! I have NEVER heard it from the pulpit outside of Franciscan University of Steubenville and EWTN. [And I am 60 and go to Mass every day.] And the erudite and "compassionate" reasons (excuses) for silence will NOT stand when we have to render an account to the Lord for our lost sheep! The silence is nothing less than moral euthanasia!
OK. So let's speak out now. The USCCB, the US Bishops, have bridged the language barrier. The next stage is the sound barrier! Brothers and Sisters, "Be not afraid." Our sheep are lost and dying out there. Only the truth, and "nothing stings like the truth" (G.K. Chesterton), can rescue them and set them free. Remember, Jesus, if you ask Him, will pour out His Spirit to strengthen you and give you words that no one can refute.
Posted by: tomreynolds46
April 06, 2007 10:37 AM EDT
I am 45 and had never heard a homily on contraception until a couple of years ago when we got a new (young)parochial vicar at our Cathedral in Florida! Now we hear about it (or abortion, homosexuality, fornication) almost every week and I know my children are truly learning what the church teaches! I can't tell you how many times I see/hear women, especially older ones and many NUNS, huffing and "hurrumphing" under their breaths all around us! It is like they either didn't know the churches teaching, knew it but figured it would go away if they didn't acknowledge it, or just didn't like hearing it from a male because our society tells us "Men can't tell women what to do their our own bodies!" Posted by: rpkammerer
May 11, 2007 11:20 AM EDT
NOR recently reviewed two books that have relevance to this topic. Too many people know so little about the truth of the horrors of the politics of "man is god" or of the Marxist-Darwinism "Big Lie" theory. Both books of these books will help us to educate ourselves -- and dare I say, others? -- on the major sins of the past and the price paid, and dearly so, for the rejection of righteous morality and the acceptance of pagan hedonism.

1. "The Road to Hitler Was Paved With Abortions: Cultures of Abortion in Weimar Germany," by Cornelie Usborne.

2. "From Hitler to Darwin," by Richard Weikart.
Posted by: j17ghs
January 14, 2010 02:39 PM EST
Add a comment


©