Posted By Jennie Chancey on January 20, 2012
Several share-worthy posts have come through the newsfeed this week:
- Anti-Baby Pill Father Laments Bulgaria’s Demographic Bust ~ Djerassi, now 88 years old, was one of three researchers whose formulation of the synthetic progestagen Norethisterone marked a key step in the creation of the first oral contraceptive pill. He has repeatedly said that young Europeans who fail to procreate are committing national suicide. The fall in birth rates in Bulgaria, Djerassi forecast, will lead to a real catastrophe for the country in 2050 when its population will not exceed 5,5 million. “In 2050 some 35% of Bulgaria‘s population will be aged over 65. Who will be working then? This is a real catastrophe because Bulgaria will be not only a small, but also a very old country.”
- Contraception’s a problem, not a fix~ Free birth control pills are not the solution to any of our social ills, as suggested by recent letters to the editor. Universal availability of effective contraceptives in the United States over the last 50 years, including free access to government welfare recipients through the Medicaid program, has obviously not resulted in a happier, healthier and more prosperous America as promised…. The real solution is simple, but not easy. The success and strength of America is founded upon moral virtue: courage, justice, fortitude, temperance, self-discipline, diligence, generosity and yes — chastity.
- American Evangelicals beginning to rethink birth control, argues author of new book ~ A new book from one of the world’s foremost scholars in family issues examines how mid-twentieth-century evangelical leaders followed the mainstream and bought into birth control, and, briefly, abortion. The book, titled “Godly Seed: American Evangelicals Confront Birth Control, 1873-1973,” by Dr. Allan Carlson, comes at a time when some American evangelicals are rethinking their position on birth control….At a Christian conference last October in Chicago, Carlson spoke about what he called a simple truth, namely that “faithful Christian communities produce an abundance of children, and in doing so, they change this world.” He also pointed out that since the inception of Christianity there has been what he called a consistent “reproductive consensus” that those of Christian belief oppose abortion, infanticide, a contraceptive mentality, and easy divorce.