There is an interesting website I stumbled upon today called "Patheos". While reading its articles, specifically under the section titled "Bad Catholic", one piece in particular caught my attention. Its title was "The Secret Is Out" and its contents cover a new website created by them (the author, Marc, and "his friends") which is called 1Flesh. This seemed like a pretty interesting name and my first assumption was regarding the unity of the two bodies as written in Genesis 2:24; "Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh." (Douay-Rheims, Challoner Revision)
- 58% of women who undergo abortion “reported that they “currently used” contraception during the month of their last menstrual period.”
- natural methods of family planning — specifically the Creighton Model FertilityCare System — are more effective at preventing unintended pregnancies, with a use-effectiveness of 96.8-98%.
- After more than one year of use [of oral contraceptives], her [triple-negative breast cancer] risk is increased by 4.2 fold.
- A study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior found that “not only were females who were having sex without condoms less depressed, but depressive symptoms and suicide attempts among females who used condoms were proportional to the consistency of condom use.”
- James Sheldon of the US Agency for International Development notes this in his analysis Confessions of a Condom Lover, published in The Lancet: “In South Africa, for example, with 48 million people in 2004, public programmes provided 346 million condoms, and condom use at last sex was high, especially among single people aged 15—24 years (69%). Yet infection continues apparently unabated.” Compare such results to the story of Uganda. Their government and religious leaders focused not on condom distribution, but on the promotion of monogamy. According to analysis published in Science Magazine, by 2004, “despite limited resources, Uganda has shown a 70% decline in HIV prevalence since the early 1990s, linked to a 60% reduction in casual sex.”
- The report did note that the condom effectively reduced the risk of HIV in penile-vagina intercourse by approximately 85%. However, it neglected to mention that HIV is largely spread through anal sex, and that in this case, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, condoms reduce a man’s risk of HIV by just 47%.
- According to a 2008 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, this increase in CRP [C-Reactive Protein] puts 27.3% of pill users at a high and 32.5% at a moderate risk for cardiovascular disease, about 4 times the risk of non-users. Non-users are also approximately 9 times more likely to have a protective level of CRP.
- Studies have consistently shown that couples using natural methods of family planning have dramatically lower divorce rates, as low as 0.2%.
All good Christians should be pushing for natural family planning, monogamous relationships, and abstinence. This site definitely gives everyone a good reinforcement of their Christian beliefs in regards to the physical acts of love. I applaud the efforts of these bloggers and hope much success for them in their efforts.