Catholics who convince others to use Abortifacient Contraception

I just had a really sad experience at a Catholic discussion group. I watched a group of Catholics convince a Catholic woman to use abortifacient contraception, and to not worry about the deaths of her own children caused by that choice.

The discussion began with a Catholic woman stating that she was going to be using abortifacient contraception for a medical purpose. She asked whether she and her husband need to refrain from marital relations. It was clear to everyone in the discussion that this decision, to remain sexually active while taking abortifacient contraception, would likely result, over time, in the deaths of one or more prenatal children, since this medication has an abortive effect, as well as a contraceptive effect.

I explained, with quotes from magisterial documents, that abortion, abortifacient contraception, and contraception are each intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral. No purpose however good, and no circumstance however difficult, can justify the deliberate choice of an intrinsically evil act. So a medical purpose does not justify the use of abortifacient contraception while sexually active.

In addition, the moral evaluation of the consequences also makes the act gravely immoral. The good consequence of this choice, to remain sexually active while on the pill, is that the couple can continue to enjoy marital relations. The bad consequences are the deaths of one or more of their own children in the womb. So this choice is gravely immoral because the act is intrinsically evil and the bad consequences gravely outweigh the good consequences.

The wife can use the pill to treat a medical disorder, while refraining from marital relations. Or the couple can see a different treatment. But it is clearly a grave sin to use abortifacient contraception while sexually active.

Unfortunately, almost everyone else participating in this discussion encouraged this woman to remain sexually active while taking the medication. My arguments and quotes from Church teaching were dismissed without any real basis. They offered a few rationalizations for this grave sin. But no one seemed to have any real interest in the teaching of the Church. Any explanation that gave them the answer they desired was accepted without question.

What disturbed me most about this discussion was that these Catholics showed no concern for the deaths of innocents, no concern for the teaching of the Church on morality, no concern for the will of God, no qualms of consequence, and no hesitation before loudly proclaiming to everyone their decision that abortifacient contraception was moral and the resultant deaths of innocents were justifiable.

It is pointless for me to continue arguing in that thread or any similar one, since the participants do not care what the Church teaches and are not seeking moral truth. Every quoted magisterial teaching is ignored and theological arguments based on that teaching are a joke to them. They seek only a convenient rationalization for the sins they wish to commit. And their conscience, being infirm, becomes polluted. For they are speaking lies in hypocrisy, and their consciences are seared.

Sadly, this was not an isolated incident. The same process, more or less, has happened many times in that discussion group and elsewhere on the internet. There are two versions of Catholicism in the world: the true version taught by the Magisterium of the Church, and a version that percolates on the internet, spreading false doctrine and justifying grave immorality. Many Catholics are using the internet to promote a distorted version of Catholicism, with the claim that it is the true Faith.

Truly, they are blind guides, leading others into the pit of Hell. They teach without first having learned. They distort Church teaching to please their listeners and to justify their own grave sins. They are each and all morally responsible for the deaths of every unborn child that results from their public justification of abortifacient contraception.

[James 3]
{3:1} My brothers, not many of you should choose to become teachers, knowing that you shall receive a stricter judgment.

[2 Timothy 4]
{4:1} I testify before God, and before Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead through his return and his kingdom:
{4:2} that you should preach the word urgently, in season and out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke, with all patience and doctrine.
{4:3} For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine, but instead, according to their own desires, they will gather to themselves teachers, with itching ears,
{4:4} and certainly, they will turn their hearing away from the truth, and they will be turned toward fables.

Those of you who say that Catholic spouses can remain sexually active, while using abortifacient contraception, for a medical purpose: How do you justify the deaths of innocent prenatals that will result? On what basis do you claim that a husband and wife are justified in making this choice, which has the effect of killing their own babies in the womb? Is having marital relations so important to you that it is worth killing your own children?

One type of false teacher leads others astray by distortion of doctrine and promotion of heresy. But it is far worse to claim that the teachings of Jesus Christ justify killing innocent unborn children. Abortion is murder, and these persons are promoting and justifying murder, using Christ’s name. But notice that they will not put their own names on these claims. They hide behind the anonymity of a pseudonym while attacking the innocent.

Please pray for the unborn
and for poor souls being led astray by false teachers.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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4 Responses to Catholics who convince others to use Abortifacient Contraception

  1. John Platts says:

    Pope Pius XI taught the following in Casti Connubii: “any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin” (n. 56). Any sexual act that is engaged in by a woman who is using a abortifacient contraceptive is “deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life” by both the abortifacient and contraceptive effects of abortifacient contraception, and as such is always a serious sin against God, even when the abortifacient contraceptive is used for a medical purpose.

    The commentators who are saying that it is okay for a married woman to engage in sexual relations while using abortifacient contraception for a medical purpose are clearly wrong because their position contradicts an infallible teaching of the Catholic Church and because their position fails to take into account that these sexual acts are still “deliberately frustrated in [their] natural power to generate life.” The only correct position is that a woman who is taking an abortifacient contraceptive for a medical purpose must completely abstain from sexual relations while she is taking an abortifacient contraceptive because the choice to engage in sexual relations while using an abortifacient contraceptive necessarily implies the choice to engage in sexual acts that are “deliberately frustrated in [their] natural power to generate life.”

  2. Francisco says:

    In my prayers.
    In this particular case Ron, at least you did what you have to do (like we all are called to through Baptism).
    {3:17} “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. And so, you shall listen to the word from my mouth, and you shall announce it to them from me.
    {3:18} If, when I say to the impious man, ‘You shall certainly die,’ you do not announce it to him, and you do not speak so that he may turn aside from his impious way and live, then the same impious man will die in his iniquity. But I will attribute his blood to your hand.
    {3:19} But if you announce it to the impious man, and he is not converted from his impiety and from his impious way, then indeed he will die in his iniquity. But you will have delivered your own soul.

    1 Cor
    {9:16} For if I preach the Gospel, it is not glory for me. For an obligation has been laid upon me. And woe to me, if I do not preach the Gospel.

    it’s sad that they didn’t listen, or at least consider and review the Magisterial teachings before acting that way. It is a serious matter, nobody dies or gets sick for refraining from sexual relationships.

  3. Joshua says:

    A great article with great comments. Don’t get discouraged when people won’t listen. As my spiritual director used to tell me, “God calls us to be faithful, not successful.” God bless you Mr. Conte and your readers.

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