Natural Vs. Artificial Contraception

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Natural vs. Artificial Contraception: What is moral? One would think the number one issue for women’s advancement in society in the twenty-first century would be related to their careers: equal pay, better maternity leave, or the removal of male hierarchical structures, etc. However, feminists, certain politicians, and the media have put forward artificial contraception as the primary issue for women’s liberation. They claim women have a right to “choose” when they become a parent and with whom. Women should have the sexual freedom of being able to engage in sex without consequences, so they assert. Artificial contraception has allowed women to be more sexually active, but has it made them freer? Catholic social teaching would answer that question in the negative. Artificial contraception has made women slaves to sexual desires and stripped them of feminine personhood. This paper will address how this objectification of women comes about from the disordered pursuit of pleasure and pervasive cultural self-centeredness in artificial contraception, and how NFP avoids such harmful effects. People are formed by their actions. “In our relativistic culture, we tend to think that things do not have inherent meaning, but rather that they gain their meaning from the value one places on them in terms of one’s own desires” (WSC, 113). People of this mindset do not see artificial contraception as bad for they are being “responsible” in bringing a child in the world when they are

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