Professor de Mattei: The Encyclical Humanae Vitae in the context of its time

The Encyclical Humanae Vitae in the context of its time

by Professor Roberto de Mattei

Delivered at “Humanae Vitae at 50:  Setting the Context”, Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome, 28 Oct 2017

In an interview released to Vatican Radio on July 25th 2017, Msgr. Gilfredo Marengo, president of the Humanae Vitae study committee, nominated by pope Francis, said that “from the historical-theological research perspective, it would be very useful to reconstruct the Encyclical’s elaboration process which had developed in distinct steps since June 1966 to its publication on July 25th, 1968” through the examining of the documentation stored in some Holy See archives. My essay intends to be an external contribution to this reconstruction.

The roots of the moral crisis

Humanae Vitae cannot be debated, without recalling the systematic errors that this encyclical fought, especially the movement of “birth control” that was part of the broad process of the sexual revolution of the 20th Century. In the investigation of the historical roots of this phenomenon, it is necessary to trace the trend of ideas, or to study the revolutionary agents’ biographies. In the first case, our understanding of the influence of evolutionism, Marxism and Freudianism must be deepened. In the second case, it is necessary to follow the action not so much of ideologues, but of the propagators of revolutionary ideologies. There is of course a parallelism and an interdependence between the two paths. It is not incidental, for example, that the dates of life and death of two promoters of the sexual revolution in the twentieth century, coincide[1]: Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957), ideologue of Marx-Freudianism and Alfred Kinsey (1896-1956)[2], who with his Institute for Sex Research[3], gave a pseudo-scientific role to Reich’s pan-sexualism.

As far as the specific issue of “birth control” is concerned, the ideology of neo-Malthusianism and feminism is interwoven with the biography of Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), the main activist of the Anti-Natalist Movement of the Twentieth Century, founder of the Birth Control Federation of America (BCFA), which in 1942 became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).



Newer Birth Control Lasts Four Years: The Dangerous Nexplanon Implant

All hormonal birth control cause abortion of the developing baby — they are abortifacients.

Dispelling the Myths Behind Conception, Contraception and Abortifacient Drugs – Dr. J.C. Wilke

Risks To Your Health

rod can move away from the arm and into the lung:
This will kill you.


ectopic pregnancy:  developing baby smothered to death inside mother’s Fallopian tube; mother could bleed to death.  A
developing baby can also be found growing in other organs.

blood clots that can kill you:   Video about Deep Vein Thrombosis


“Danger In The Ring:  Lethal Contraceptive.” – Nuvaring

“Portrait of A Killer” – Nuvaring Contraceptive

The Victims
These are only some of the women who have been harmed or died while using NuvaRing.  Nuvaring truth

migration of the implant from arm to other place

FDA’s Medwatch Program Releases Nexplanon Safety Warning

After conducting a comprehensive investigation, the FDA released its latest safety warning regarding Nexplanon implants in March 2016.  The FDA warned of migration of the Nexplanon implant within the arm from the insertion site, which may be related to insertion of the implant deeper than is advised.  According to the FDA, the implant could migrate within the vessels of the arm, to the chest wall, and even to the pulmonary artery, which, it says, could also be related to deep insertions or intravascular insertion.  In cases where severe migration of the Nexplanon implant has occurred, surgical procedures may be needed to remove the device.

Nexplanon Lawsuit.

Clinicians who provide contraceptive services should, however, be aware that Implanon (now Nexplanon) may on occasion show up in unexpected locations that are far removed from the site of insertion.

Adverse Reaction To Nexplanon:  REPEAT INFECTIONS

SUMMARY.  The patient had the rod implanted by a physician.  The healing wound was traumatized after her arm was grabbed.  Following this incident the implant site became painful and bruised. This progressed to eventually becoming red and swollen with some purulent discharge. The patient was treated with a week’s course of flucloxacillin, which resulted in clinical improvement. However, the wound once again became red and painful with purulent discharge and she was treated with a further course of flucloxacillin. At this point the patient was treated with a 10-day course of clarithromycin and a swab of the site was taken. The swab result showed scanty growth of Staphylococcus aureus only and was negative for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Again, there was clinical improvement with antibiotics.

You’re Only A Statistic in the Brave New World


Fertility and Sterility Journal

New developments in long-acting reversible contraception: the promise of intrauterine devices and implants to improve family planning services

After decades of having the developed world’s highest rates of unintended pregnancy, the United States finally shows signs of improvement. This progress is likely due in large part to increased use of highly effective long-acting reversible methods of contraception. These methods can be placed and do not require any maintenance to provide years of contraception as effective as sterilization. Upon removal, fertility returns to baseline rates. This article addresses advances in both software—improved use and elimination of barriers to provide these methods; and hardware—novel delivery systems and devices.

Pregnancy is treated like a disease and must be prevented at all costs to the mother’s health.

Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive implants were developed to depopulate the Third World.  Now, our daughters are given them.

Trends in Long-acting Reversible Contraception Use Among U.S. Women Aged 15–44.  Centers for Disease Control.

After declining from the early 1980s through 2002, use of long-acting reversible contraception has increased over the last decade. Women aged 25–34 and women who have already had a child continue to use LARCs at the highest rates as their current contraceptive methods; additionally, larger percent increases in LARC use have occurred more recently among young women (aged 15–24) and women who have not given birth. Although sharp increases in use occurred among non-Hispanic black women between 2002 and 2006–2010, the rate of increase has slowed through the 2011–2013 time period. LARC use more than doubled among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women in the most recent time periods. Non-Hispanic white women, who have historically used LARCs at the lowest rate, had a rate of use similar to Hispanic women in 2011–2013.

Long-acting reversible contraception has demonstrated greater efficacy in preventing unintended pregnancy among all women compared with other contraceptive methods, including the oral contraceptive pill and the transdermal patch (2,3). In addition, recent research has demonstrated that women opt for long-acting methods as their contraceptive method of choice when informed about these options (4); however, other research has demonstrated that barriers to LARC administration and use still remain (5,6).

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

The FDA released Nexplanon BEFORE the drug trials were completed.  As you can see, the FDA wants users of the drug to contact them to report side effects!  It hasn’t been fully tested!  This means that drug is unsafe to use!

New Video – Latin America vs. International Abortion Lobby


Human Life International Presents a must-see new pro-life film —

“Central America and Mexico:  Fighting for Life,

Faith and Family”

FEATURED:  Population controller Melinda Gates, wife of Bill.  “Family planning is quite a priority.”

In an interview with the Guardian, Mrs Gates identified herself as a practising Catholic who “struggled” with the idea of publicly opposing Church teaching to promote a project aimed at giving 120 million women in developing countries access to contraceptives by 2020.  SOURCE.


SOURCE:  HLI’s New Film page

Deadly health risks for women: The unspoken side of the Obama birth control mandate

Deadly health risks for women: The unspoken side of the Obama birth control mandate

By Jenn Giroux, former director HLI America


For far too long there has been an ominous silence across America on arguably the most controversial and devastating issue of the day — birth control. As so often we see in history, oppression gives rise to courage and, no question, courage is exactly what we are seeing in Church leaders and layman alike in response to the Obama administration’s recent birth control mandate and more recent unacceptable modifications.

The Birth Control Mandate has forced the issue of contraception to move from being the elephant in the room to center stage. Perhaps in time we will see that it was a hidden blessing for our country. For years pro-life organizations refused to discuss or take on this topic despite the fact that free access to birth control increases the number of surgical abortions[1][2]. Most people repeat over and over that birth control decreases the number of abortions. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, today for every child born in the US, there are an estimated 2 children killed in the womb from both surgical and chemical, abortifacient drug abortions [3]. What isn’t being talked about is that the new mandate also pre-disposes women to serious long term and permanent health problems. In conjunction with the defense of both religious liberty and the spiritual well-being of women, we must also refute the absurd and deceptive statement that “women are healthier on birth control.”

Read full story.

Contraceptive Propaganda Program in Oregon

Oregon’s “CCare” Program Makes the State a Leader in Soft Population Control

clinics include Planned Parenthood

image update 9/16/11

By Nina Rhea, B.S., Pro-Family Health Educator

(Portland, Ore.  August 9, 2011)  Pro-Life Action of Oregon

The Oregon Public Health Division has launched an aggressive marketing campaign that is designed toward increasing the use of contraceptives by poor girls and women.

Update 8/10/11 — It’s important to be aware that the Oregon Family Planning Program is funded by the U.S. DHHS Office of Population Affairs.  This is true for any state.  Keyword:  “population.”

The sign on the MAX train says, “Turn Misconception Into Contraception You Can Trust at .  Portland’s light rail have had these ads for months.  Now we finally know they’re from the Public Health Division.

Purpose:  to increase awareness of health clinics – including Planned Parenthood – that offer free contraceptives to those who qualify under Medicaid.  Planned Parenthood is a partner of this program.

“Get free birth control that works for you.”

They use scare tactics, below,  that are bald-faced lies, misleading, and inaccurate about pregnancy.  Pregnancy is not a disease.

“No method of contraception

has a higher risk of death

than pregnancy.”

Say what?!

They have reinvented oral contraceptives as a harmless candy:

Like every sex ed program, this one wants youth to delay pregnancy . . . but not delay sexual activities.

The program minimizes health risks of The Pill:

Birth control pills are very easy to use. They work very well if they are used the right way. Periods may be more regular, lighter and less painful. The pill can help clear up acne. Women who have used birth control pills are at lower risk of ovarian, uterine and colorectal cancer later in life.

Health risks increase in smokers’ age 35 or older. Birth control pills do not protect you from STDs and HIV/AIDS.


Promotion:  college campuses


The DHS Oregon Family Planning Division launched a “Family Planning EXPANSION Project” or FPEP.  It’s new name is Contraceptive Care or CCare.

The Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCare) Social Marketing Campaign launched a statewide advertising and promotion campaign including outdoor media ads. The campaign is intended to increase awareness of the availability of free or low-cost family planning services for Oregonians with incomes below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level.

CCare is the result of “What Women Are Saying” (pdf) , a ‘market study’ for developing a strategic marketing plan.  Incredibly, on the one hand, the study says women misused oral contraceptives and got pregnant; or the “women” (many interviewees were teenagers at the time) were uncomfortable with the side effects.  Yet, the DHS moved forward with this aggressive marketing of dangerous steroidal hormone products!

Men would NEVER take these poisonous pills!

Get the word out:  girls and women are being experimented on by The State.


Oral contraceptives are STEROIDAL HORMONES.  They raise the risk for breast cancer!

Get the facts at the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute

National Institutes of Health Oral Contraceptives and Cancer Risk Fact Sheet

The Mayo Clinic Study ‘Oral Contraceptive Use As A Risk Factor for Premenopausal Breast Cancer’ Birth Control Facts

FDA Side Effect Report for Yaz and  Yazmin

Petition to Ban Oral Contraceptives with Desogestrel – Public Citizen


Update 9/8/11  Here’s the updated version of the image:

Gone are images of candy-like pills.

‘Pregnancy is not a disease’: Bishops slam Planned Parenthood

‘Pregnancy is not a disease’: Bishops slam Planned Parenthood push for free birth control |


WASHINGTON, D.C., July 20, 2011 ( – After the Institute of Medicine (IOM) this week publicly backed government-mandated birth control coverage, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is standing in the breach against what would prove a massive victory for abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

The birth control question has sparked a rare spectacle as the two most influential lobbies on sexual health forcefully butt heads over an issue many other interest groups consider secondary.

“Pregnancy is not a disease, and fertility is not a pathological condition to be suppressed by any means technically possible,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Tuesday.

Like other conservative leaders, the USCCB pro-life chairman noted that the mandate would violate the conscience rights of Americans morally opposed to birth control, and objected to coverage of “emergency contraception” such as ella, a chemical functionally identical to the abortion drug RU-486.

But the cardinal’s challenge did not stop there: DiNardo noted that the IOM report was so radical as to have indicated interest in recommending full abortion coverage as well. The report stated that, “despite the health and well-being benefits to some women,” abortion was outside of the project’s scope given federal legal restrictions.

Planned Parenthood’s ‘Truth Team’ Forgets Its Abortions

Planned Parenthood’s ‘Truth Team’ Forgets Its Abortions |

By Susan Wills, Assistant director for education and outreach, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.



Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has dispatched a “Truth Team” to rally opposition to the Pence Amendment (H.R. 1, sec. 4013), a measure to stop federal funding of PPFA and its 102 affiliates. But not everything said by PPFA officials and sympathetic media has been the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

In the interest of an informed debate about taxpayer funding of PPFA, a few omissions and potentially misleading statements are addressed below [in this article].


All this adds up to a revolving door of customers, constantly returning for the pricier services: emergency contraception; pregnancy tests; STD testing and treatment, including Pap tests for cervical cancer (100 percent of which is caused by certain persistent strains of the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus [HPV]), diagnostic colposcopies and LOOP/LEEP procedures; cryotherapy; HIV testing; and, of course, the big money-maker, abortions.

Why haven’t supporters of PPFA funding in Congress and the press noticed that something is amiss?  Here is an organization that offers contraception (35 percent of 2009 services)[16] for “safe sex,” yet also reports that 35 percent of its services deal with the failure of “safe sex” to protect against STDs (testing and treatment), and 11 percent of clients undergo abortions. Is it not likely that some of the same clients going to Planned Parenthood for contraception are returning for these other services when PPFA and contraception fail them? After all, 54 percent of women seeking abortions report they were using contraceptives in the month they became pregnant (see Table 61, p.98).

Planned Parenthood President: Fewer People Saves Government Money

IN PLAIN ENGLISH — We at Pro-Life Action of Oregon have waited for the day when the pro-abortion activists will just speak in plain English.  We’ve known all along that the goal of Planned Parenthood and its founder, Margaret Sanger, and her grandson, Alexander Sanger, is population control.  It is also known as soft eugenics.  Reminder:  we vehemently disagree that birth control and abortion — “reproductive rights” of the radical feminists — constitute “health care” for women and their unborn children.

Planned Parenthood President: Fewer People Saves Government Money |

Steve Ertelt.  Oct. 26, 2010 – The president of Planned Parenthood appeared on the Bill Press radio show today with an unconventional way for the government to save money.

By sending more taxpayer dollars to the abortion business to pay for birth control, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards contends the government would save money in the long run because fewer people would be born.

Presumably, Richards believes the more people who are born the more people will need the support of government programs and services — ignoring the contribution people make to society.

“I think it’s important, Bill, to understand that unlike some other issues of cost, birth control is one of those issues that actually saves the government money,” said Richards, according to Lifesite.  “So an investment in covering birth control actually in the long run is a huge cost savings because women don’t have children that they weren’t planning on having and all the sort of attendant cost for unplanned pregnancy.”

“So we actually feel that covering birth control is not only it’s the right thing to do for women, it’s good for women it’s good for their health care, but it’s frankly good public policy,” Richards added.

The abortion business president appeared on the program to tout its campaign to lobby the Obama administration to call birth control “preventative care” and qualify itself for millions more in taxpayer funds from the federal government.

Read the full story – click the title above.

Islamic Terrorism and Fertility

The fertility rates of Muslim countries are falling.  Iran’s mullahs instituted sterilization, family planning programs.

Islamic Terrorism and Fertility

The demographic sophisticates who read this column know that the population bomb has fizzled, that the world’s population will never double again, and that birthrates are falling faster and farther than anyone imagined a half century ago.

But they also know that there are still pockets of moderately high fertility in the world, including a number of Muslim countries, and some wonder if such places could be breeding grounds (forgive the expression) for Islamic terrorism.  I know they wonder, because every time I give a population talk someone in the audience raises the question of whether Islamic fertility contributes to Islamic fanaticism.

They are not alone.  Many security experts, like Clinton’s Deputy National Security Advisor Samuel Huntington, have long believed that “excessive” population growth in Muslim countries is a national security threat to the West.  They argue that large cohorts of young people radicalize their societies, contribute to civil unrest and cross-border conflicts and, most importantly for us, provide an endless supply of new recruits for terrorist training camps.

Read full briefing by clicking the title.

De-population and De-Christianization Leading to Cultural Islamic Jihad

We agree with Mr. de Souza’s solution of Christian reunification.  Excerpts:

De-population and De-Christianization Leading to Cultural Islamic Jihad: Catholic Apologist

By Hilary White

ROME, October 12, 2010 ( – The de-Christianization of Europe, the “removal of Christian principles and institutions from the daily life of a country,” has created a religious and social vacuum that is being filled by Islam, a prominent U.S. Catholic speaker said on Thursday. Raymond de Souza, the Program Director for Portuguese-speaking countries for Human Life International told an audience of the world’s pro-life and pro-family leaders that “Europe … is being culturally Islamized.”

The cause underlying this “silent Jihad,” he said, is the “most crucial aspect” of Europe’s de-Christianization – de-population. “Europeans do not even replace their countries populations.”

“As one Moslem mullah said to an Anglican priest in London, ‘By the end of this century, all great English Cathedrals will be mosques. Why? Because we have children, and you don’t’.

“Contraception promised a freedom without responsibility, abortion promises the right to do one’s own thing with one’s own body, homosexual marriage promises respect for different orientations … result: the end of civilization as we knew it.”

De-Christianization, he said, is not a new phenomenon, but had its start “centuries ago” with the social, economic and philosophical upheavals that resulted in the Protestant Reformation.

De Souza, a professional Catholic apologist, said bluntly that the solution is the “reunification of all baptized Christians under ‘one Lord, one faith, one baptism’ in the one Church of God, the pillar and mainstay of the truth.”

Click the title to read full article.

New HLI America Confronts Contraceptive Lies

HLI America

Human Life International launches new affiliate, HLI America!

Very few pro-life groups in our country are dealing with the root cause of abortion, which is the Pernicious Pill and all other forms of contraception that have given the abortion industry its feeder system of contraceptive failures and the devaluing of women and children.

What will HLI AMERICA do?  We’re going to fight the “big lie” of contraception . . . “—Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, President, Human Life International

CLICK HERE to read more of the announcement!

Taxes Fund Contraceptives, Population Control

Why do so many pro-lifers focus on Planned Parenthood when there are other family planning and abortion providers?  Taxes. Our taxes pay for contraceptives and abortion – against our will.

Planned Parenthood’s Guttmacher Institute’s rationale for contraceptives goes like this:

“Without publicly funded family planning services, the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions occurring in the United States would be nearly two-thirds higher among women overall and among teens; the number of unintended pregnancies among poor women would nearly double.”

However, elsewhere Guttmacher admits that “unintended pregnancies” occur while girls/women are using contraceptives!

Source:  Guttmacher Institute

Facts on Publicly-Funded Contraceptive Services

Contraceptive services provided at publicly funded clinics helped prevent 1.48 million of these unintended pregnancies; the remaining 450,000 unintended pregnancies were prevented among Medicaid enrollees who received publicly funded contraceptive services from private physicians.

One in four women who obtained contraceptive services in the United States in 2006—including 50% of poor women who did so—received care at publicly funded family planning centers.


Contraceptive services provided at Title X-supported centers helped prevent 970,000 unintended pregnancies in 2006, which would likely have resulted in 430,000 unintended births and 410,000 abortions.


Abortion Statistics

“Behind virtually every abortion is an unintended pregnancy.”

Source:  The Alan Guttmacher Institute (Planned Parenthood)

  • Nearly half of all pregnancies to American women are unintended;  four in 10 of these end in abortion.

“Unintended” – this is the result of the contraceptive mindset.–Pro-Life Action of OR

  • About half of American women have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and at current rates more than one-third (35%) will have had an abortion by age 45.
  • Overall unintended pregnancy rates have stagnated over the past decade, yet unintended pregnancy increased by 29% among poor women while decreasing 20% among higher-income women.
  • In 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed, down from 1.31 million abortions in 2000.
  • Nine in 10 abortions occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
  • A broad cross section of U.S. women have abortions:
    • 56% of women having abortions are in their 20s;
    • 61% have one or more children;
    • 67% have never married;
    • 57% are economically disadvantaged;
    • 88% live in a metropolitan area; and
    • 78% report a religious affiliation.

The Infertile Soul: Contraception’s Influence On Faith and Society

A Talk by Fr. Thomas Euteneuer

“Abortion is not the revolution; contraception is.”—-Fr. Thomas Euteneuer

CONTRACEPTION is a topic that is often overlooked or neglected in the pro-life movement.

What we sometimes forget or don’t realize is that abortion is not the revolution; it’s the fruit of the revolution.  The revolution is contraception.

In this talk, you’ll hear about the connection between birth control and abortion and the four stages of development through which birth control morphs into abortion.

(click here) Fr. Thomas Euteneuer:  The Infertile Soul: Contraception’s Influence On Faith & Society

LISTEN ONLINE or download to your MP3 player.  Also available at HLI to purchase on audio CD.  Approximately 1-1/2 hours.

Key Themes

Contraceptive revolution, coercive contraception, population control, contraception indoctrination, communist propaganda, abortion, conversion, the natural law.

Mom Fights Birth Control Mentality

Posted with permission of Human Life International.

HLI welcomes Mrs. Jenn Giroux as our Spirit and Life guest writer this week.  She is a dynamic mom of nine, a registered nurse and former Executive Director of One More Soul.  She has been fighting birth control and the contraceptive mentality all her life and is therefore perfectly suited for HLI’s mission!

The Dawn of Demonic Deception
By Jenn Giroux

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of “The Pill” the Wall Street Journal ran a lengthy and misleading article (“The Birth Control Riddle” April 20, 2009) by Melinda Beck, calling the arrival of The Birth Control Pill the “dawn of dependable contraception” which “ignited the sexual revolution, ended the post-war baby boom and helped millions of women enter the work force.” Ms Beck then proceeds to lament all of the “unplanned pregnancies” which still occur today before detailing for us how safe it is now to use new and improved birth control methods.

Marshall McLuhan, the late, great expert on the media, who converted to Catholicism before he died said, “The major media are engaged in a Luciferian conspiracy against the truth.” How true! Ms Beck’s column is a prime example of this conspiracy, including such blatant lies and misrepresentations as:

“the benefits outweigh the risks” when taking “The Pill”

“…the longer a woman uses the pill, the lower her risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer”, and

“…the pill does not seem to increase the risk of getting [breast cancer]”.

Beck then goes on to reassure the readers with sources such as the Guttmacher Institute (Planned Parenthood’s own research arm) and a quote from Planned Parenthood’s VP of Medical Affairs who explains away the damaging side effects by saying, “We have to keep these things in perspective. A woman’s risk for problems is substantially higher during pregnancy.”

click here to read full article

Planned Parenthood and Contraceptives

Planned Parenthood sells more contraceptives than any other.  They regularly honor the steroids in works of art.

This photograph is from Planned Parenthood’s “Sexy Tuesdays” Facebook photo album.

Photo of PPCW contraceptive art taken at New Deal Vodka Distilleries, Portland OR

If you do not have a Facebook account you can still see many photographs.  Notice on the left of their Facebook page those supporters whom you can boycott.

Readers Respond to Contraception Controversy

j0423098 Our Position on Contraception, posted last week, which includes an Open Letter to Gayle Atteberry, director, Oregon Right To Life, drew a number of responses, pro and con.  Note:  Even though the readers who spoke out against our expose of ORTL’s silence on contraception, they DO AGREE with our position,  i.e., there is a connection between contraceptive usage and abortion rates.


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Dear Nina,

I want to congratulate you for taking this stand:  that of showing that there is a profound contradiction between working to stop abortion while keeping silent about contraceptives. A few years ago, one of my teenage children entered ORTL’s essay contest.  She wrote an essay on the topic of the connection between abortion and contraceptives but it was very poorly received.  I backed down of that battle then, thinking that maybe focusing on a single issue (abortion) would be more efficient, but I think differently now. The problem of turning a blind eye to contraceptives is that the connection between abortion and contraceptives is intrinsic, so to ignore the facts in this instance is suicidal for the cause of life. Thank you for standing up for the truth in this crucial matter, and may God and the Blessed Mother guide your steps and work in His service.

We have supported ORTL for some time but after reading what you wrote regarding their total silence on contraceptives, I am going to write to them about this and if they do not “ease” their policy, I will tell them I will have to refrain from supporting them at this time. I do not expect them to take up two causes here (namely to fight against abortion and contraceptives).  I can see how that may be trying to take too much at once. However, while not fighting against contraceptives per se, they can at least not be opposed to it and permit booths and essays on the topic; for there is an intrinsic connection between the two.—-Amelia Volz

Note to readers:  American Life League has ALWAYS

taken on both contraceptives and abortion.


Dear Nina,

Just a quick note to thank you for sending this material.  I was confused about the positions of NRTL and ORTL on contraception.  I took a couple of days to read through your email and all of the links. Thank you for putting all of that together.  It was very well done. Thank you for clarifying things. It’s a shame, really, that there is division in the ranks of the right to life army. It needs prayer and educating action such as yours.

Thank you, also, for speaking for the unborn in your communications and decisions regarding the ProLife Action of Oregon’s position on contraception/abortion. I agree with you and support your position completely. I remember you and ProLife Action of Oregon daily in the Rosary.—-Name Withheld



If opposition to contraception is merely a “Catholic issue,” that would come as a surprise to the Hindu Mahatma Gandhi, the Jewish-born atheist Sigmund Freud, and the growing number of evangelical Protestants who have thrown their contraceptives in the toilet and followed the Bible’s teaching on life and its transmission.  If contraception is merely a Catholic issue, then so is abortion.  Incorrect.  The perennial teaching against contraception has to do with the demands of the natural law, which is binding on humanity, not just humans who happen to be Catholic.  Which is why Paul VI did not address Humanae Vitae to bishops only, nor even to Catholics only, but to “all men of good will.”—-Patrick Coffin, radio hoPatrick Coffin webst of Catholic Answers Live; and author of new book, Sex Au Naturel:  What It Is and Why It Is Good For Your Marriage.


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Those who wish to bring a stop to abortions have two choices:  work together or spend time working against each other.

I have no question whatsoever concerning the interlinking of artificial birth control and abortions.  And I may disagree with the unwillingness of Right to Life to address the issue, but I am not going to spend time trying to change their mind, nor am I going to stop supporting their work.

Entering into a pissing contest with them over the issue is non-productive.  If they don’t want you to have a booth there, then for God’s sake and the sake of the unborn, find a way to support them and move on.

I do not disagree with your position on artificial birth control.  But demanding moral purity of position is not going to get our (you, me, NRLC, the LDS Church, Muslims, and anyone and everyone else engaged in trying to limit and stop abortions) goals accomplished.

The internecine warfare didn’t start yesterday; you are not the first to enter into this fray.  And I seriously doubt you are going to win your argument.  Getting warfare going between the various groups who wish to bring a halt to killing our children is a subtle or not so subtle distraction from our common goal and looks like, smells like, and has every appearance of the work of Satan.

Spend your time productively.  Do something positive for Right to Life and move on.

I do not have a problem with you differing with Gayle on the approach to take about abortion, nor for that matter do I disagree with your approach to that issue.

What I am writing you about is the wisdom, or lack thereof, of taking your dispute with her public in the way that you have.  There was an interesting article in Our Sunday Visitor some time ago on this issue specifically – the internecine warfare that has been going on between different groups fighting abortion.  I suspect if you contacted the Visitor they could provide you with the article.  I would encourage you to do so.

Taking your dispute with Gayle public did no good for Right to Life; it did not and will not change their position; but it certainly can work to cause some of her support to fall off.  They do good work and they oppose abortion; they do not do it with the moral stance you and I both agree is important and is the truth; but that does not make them enemies.  Christ ate with sinners; we might do wisely to understand that if both Right to Life and you work for an end to abortion, both are working for a moral good, and to understand that we are required to work for the moral good, not to try to enforce moral purity in a way that can damage the work of others who also seek, albeit not perfectly, for the same moral good.

I admire your fire; I just disagreed with your first post.  I am not mad – or for that matter, angry.  I do think there is more than one way to achieve an objective.

He is risen!  May He guide both you and I to do His will.   Even if we might disagree as to how to go about it.  ;)—-Tim Moore


Contraception—the Bitter Pill

Contraception—the Bitter Pill

by George Sim Johnston.  Crisis Magazine.  1996.

The Church’s insistence on the link between contraception and abortion occasionally gets support in surprising quarters. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey the U.S. Supreme Court, on its perennial search for the most plausible-sounding sophistries to uphold legalized abortion, stated:

For two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.

In other words, we need abortion so that people can continue their contraceptive lifestyles.

Our Position on Contraception

Updated 9:03 a.m., 04/14/10

Why was Pro-Life Action of Oregon’s “Contraception” Material Banned from Oregon Right To Life’s Conference?

Our position, and that of Judie Brown, president, American Life League, on the connection between the use of abortion pills and the rate of abortion has been rejected by Gayle Atteberry, director, Oregon Right To Life.  But that position is also the party line of National Right To Life.

Atteberry banned our educational material on the contraception-abortion connection from the upcoming ORTL conference.  Rather than compromise our beliefs we won’t be participating in the conference.

Silence on birth control’s role in abortion rates will continue to mislead and misinform pro-lifers.  More babies will die.


Pro-Life Action of Oregon requested a table at the upcoming ORTL 2010 pro-life conference.  Atteberry asked to review our educational material (from American Life League) due to ORTL “policies” about ALL.

She banned them all.

Which material did she censor?  Anything about contraception!

  • Contraception and Abortion:  The Deadly Connection
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Birth Control Pills:  How They Work
  • Flawed Condoms

Each of these are available for viewing at the American Life League store.

Atteberry characterized these as “minutia.”

“As I see it, Judie Brown is focused on the minutia and ORTL does not agree with that.”

Updated 5:32 PDT 04-15-10
“Minutia?”!!!  According to the Guttmacher Institute, 54% of women who abort their babies were using The Pill or condoms during the month they became pregnant.  Of those, 76% were using The Pill — “inconsistently.”
Open Letter to Gayle Atteberry, Oregon Right To Life
April 13, 2010 – Portland, Ore

Gayle, in light of your censoring American Life League (ALL) material which makes the connection between contraception and abortion — material I wanted to bring to the April Oregon Right To Life conference — Pro-Life Action of Oregon will not be participating.

Our Position On Contraception

We are  very grateful that you took the time to inform us of Oregon Right To Life’s policies which illustrate the philosophical and theological differences between National Right To Life / ORTL and Judie Brown/A.L.L.  You expressed being uncomfortable with Brown’s criticisms of NRLC.  Your characterization of her criticisms is as follows:

A.L.L. puts a great emphasis in opposing birth control. While it is true that some birth control methods are abortifacients, not all are. Judy Brown adamantly opposes the birth control pill. While sometimes the bc [birth control] pill acts as an abortifacient, it does not always work that way, and many pro-life doctors say there is no proof that it does.

It is obvious that your assessment of Judie’s opposition to The Pill is restricted to its abortifacient action.

We are  aware of its abortifacient action.  Yet, we are struck by your silence on its rate of failure which leads to “unplanned” pregnancies.

As a serious pro-life activist, we are  in total 100% agreement with Judie Brown.  The Pill increases abortion.

Continue reading “Our Position on Contraception”

Legalized Abortion Began With Legalized Contraceptives

ABORTION AND CONTRACEPTIVES – Pro-Life Action of Oregon begins a new series on the connection between abortion and contraceptives with this entry.


The History of  Legalized Abortion Begins With Legalized Contraceptives – PART ONE

“How Abortion Became Legal”

From Choices in Matters of Life & Death by Judie Brown with Paul Brown

If we study the Supreme Court’s decisions and try to see when the Court began arbitrarily granting the right to kill, we have to go back to 1965 when the last of the so-called Comstock Laws or the old birth control laws in America was overturned.  [Margaret Sanger played a major role in the legalization of birth control.]

  • In Griswold v. Connecticut [1965], the Court created the “right to privacy.”
  • There never has been in the U.S. Constitution a right to privacy, but in 1965, to legalize all forms of birth control for married couples, the Court ruled that couples have a “right to privacy” and therefore the state has no compelling interest even in alerting them to the medical side effects of birth control.
  • This contrived “right to privacy” laid the groundwork for further anti-life actions by the Court. [Emphasis added.]

Justice Stewart agreed that the “right to privacy” was contrived and could not be found in the Constitution.  In his dissenting opinion in Griswold, he wrote:

“In the course of its opinion the Court refers to no less than six amendments to the Constitution:  The First, the Third, the Fourth, the Fifth, the Ninth and the 14th.  But the Court does not say which of these amendments, if any, it thinks is infringed by this Connecticut [birth control] law.

“What provision of the Constitution, then, does makes this [birth control] law invalid? The Courts says it is the right of privacy ‘created by several fundamental constitutional guarantees.’ With all deference, I can find no such general right of privacy in the Bill of Rights, in any other part of the Constitution, or in any case ever before decided by this Court.

“At the oral argument in this case we were told that the Connecticut [birth control] law does not ‘conform to current community standards.’  But it is not the function of this Court to decide cases on the basis of community standards. We are here to decide cases ‘agreeable to the Constitution and laws of the United States.’”—-Justice Stewart’s dissenting opinion in Griswold.

In 1972, in Eisenstadt v. Baird, the Supreme Court again referred to the “right to privacy,” ruling that contraceptives may be given to unmarried individuals, concluding that the “equal protection under the law” guaranteed by the Constitution confers the rights of married persons on the unmarried as well.

What the Court did in 1973 [Roe v. Wade] was simply to carry forward that right to privacy created in 1965 and legalize the killing of innocent preborn children.

Judie Brown is the president of American Life League and a member of the Pontifical Academy For Life.


See also our post, “The Contraceptive Ethic”

The Contraceptive Ethic

Why divide the pro-life movement by bringing up contraception?
Excerpts from Fifty Questions on Abortion, Euthanasia and Related Issues by Charles E. Rice

We tend to forget that it was only in 1930 that any Christian denomination, for the first time ever, declared that contraception could ever be objectively right under any circumstances.  This was the Anglican Lambeth Conference of 1930.  Because the Catholic Church has been unyielding in upholding the traditional Christian teaching on contraception, many today assume that opposition to contraception is merely a sectarian Catholic tenet.

On the contrary, until the 20th century, all Christendom affirmed the moral evil and social danger of contraception.  “The anti-contraception laws of 19th century America were passed by Protestants for a largely Protestant America.” [Kippley, Birth Control and Christian Discipleship]

When a committee of the Federal Council of Churches endorsed in 1931 “the careful and restrained use of contraception by married people,” a Washington Post editorial replied, “Carried to its logical conclusion, the Committee’s report, if carried into effect, would sound the death knell of marriage as a holy institution by establishing degrading practices which would encourage indiscriminate immorality.  The suggestion that the use of legalized contraceptives would be ‘careful and restrained’ is preposterous.”

Some pro-life groups [including Oregon Right To Life] take no position on contraception.  Instead, they concentrate exclusively on restoring legal protection for existing life.  This attitude, however, is a prescription for defeat.  Abortion and euthanasia are merely symptoms of the underlying rebellion against God which is manifested through secularism, relativism and the contraceptive ethic.

To attempt to combat abortion and euthanasia while maintaining neutrality on contraception is futile.

Thus, Pope John Paul II, on March 1, 1986, said to the International Right-to-Life Federation, “Your organization is rightly concerned with a broad range of issues related to human life.  At the same time, you know the necessity of focusing on specific problems which demand urgent attention and action, such as the evils of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and contraception, all of which are intimately connected with the Church’s teaching.  Whatever endeavors you undertake should be a consistent expression of an integral philosophy based on the belief that God is the Lord and Giver of all life.”

Source:  American Life League Associate Newsletter, Vol. 7 No. 6, 02/08/10

Abortion, birth control pill linked to breast cancer, surgeon says

ABORTION, BIRTH CONTROL PILL linked to breast cancer, surgeon says.

Angela Lanfranchi, a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey and president of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute labeled hormonal contraceptives “a Group 1 carcinogen” [WHO report] and said that “breasts are different after an induced abortion because they’ve grown and there are more places for the cancer to start.”

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