Birth Control – Yes or No
I was brought up in a Catholic family in a very Catholic world.
We were taught that basically as Monty Python said, that every little sperm counts.
However, when I was married and babies seemed to turn up as an annual event I engaged in many arguments with my then-wife. Whose responsibility was it?
Obviously, we were very fertile. She thought pregnancy and it happened.
By the time we reached our 6th it was time to take action. Poverty was staring us in the face; her body was reaching to end of its tether (so her dr said).
I had a vasectomy and that ended our reproductive lives. Despite that, she argued that I had removed her RIGHT to have children. I still think her argument was non-sensical at the time.
I was happy with the choice I made.
In terms of society, I think it is a woman’s right to decide what to do with her body. There are too many unwanted children in this world. There are too many unhappy mothers, unhappy fathers and families.
I think it is wrong for society to impose on the rights of women.
Too many ‘well-meaning’ ignorant people are more than happy to use religion to hide their prejudices behind.
In my case it took a long time for me to figure it all out, haunted as I was by the teachings I was brought up on.
But I saw in practice what happened to women forced to raise a child they are not capable of caring for.
Birth control should be a woman’s or family’s decision.