Contraception - Birth Control

and the Marriage Ecosystem

Contraception has impacted the marriage ecosystem in a very negative way. It has made a tremendous impact on society, by serving as fuel for the sexual revolution. It has impacted the behavior and attitude of both men and women. Abortion is an extension of it, and non marital sex (sex before marriage, and sexual affairs within marriage) would would be much more curtailed without it. Not to mention the resulting harms to children. We will also discuss it as relates to population issues.

We'll cover the religious aspect of birth control, addressing its history in light of various religions as well as various Christian denominations. Birth control ties in closely with the theology of marriage as well as the economics of marriage.

Listen to Dr. J's podcasts on contraception:

(March 8, 2012) Dr J and Monica Israel are guests of Sheila Liaugminas on "A Closer Look" to discuss the HHS free birth control mandate. Listen here.

(October 17, 2011) Dr J hosts "From the Front Lines of the Culture War" on Catholic Radio of San Diego. On this podcast she's interviewing Dr. Angela Franks, director of Theology Programs for the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization at St. John's seminary in Massachusetts. They're discussing the work of Margaret Sanger, the eugenics movement, and contraception. Listen here.

(August 3, 2011) Dr J and Todd Wilken meet on Issues, Etc to discuss the government mandate that insurance companies provide free contraception coverage to their customers. Listen here.

(June 29, 2010) School nurses have been handing out condoms for years...but now in Massachusetts, they'll be giving them to elementary school children. The "revised" policy (after considerable public and parental outcry) is to only give them to 5th and 6th graders. Dr J has more details. Listen here.

(May 13, 2010) Dr J appears on Florida-based radio show Religion, Politics, and Culture to discuss the Pill's effects on sexuality and culture in America. When it was first introduced, the assumption was made that it would basically result in "all the current options plus one"--but its effects have been much more far-reaching and have resulted in a drastic shift in sexual norms and mores. As always, Dr J explains. Listen here.

(April 30, 2010) Time Magazine ran an article on America's 50-year relationship with the Pill. What was it designed to do? What has it done? Is it really that big of a deal--doesn't it just reflect trends and changes that were occurring already? Dr J and Todd Wilken discuss this volatile subject on Issues, Etc. Listen here.

(March 21, 2009) Another great interview with Todd Wilken and Dr J from his show, Issues Etc. they discuss the Pope's comments about condoms during his recent trip to Africa. Listen here.

Read more about birth control here at

"Red Families v. Blue Families," by by Naomi Cahn and June Carbone. This book review by Dr. Morse explains how the effects of the sexual revolution (no fault divorce, birth control and abortion) harm the lower class.

Contraception in Marriage - What Every Married Couple Should Know

Plan B is the new Plan A: the Emergency Contraction Pill, how it shifts incentives regarding sexual behavior, and may increase the spread of STDs

How is abortion an extension of birth control? Read this article about how one couple sought to have an abortion of their twin sons, just because they wanted a daughter: Sex Selection

How Effective is Birth Control? It depends on your age, your income, and the type of relationship you have!

Take action! Learn about Preserving the Ecosystem of Marriage.

Mahatma Gandhi and Birth Control

Many people are surprised to learn that Mahatma Gandhi rejected artificial means to stop conception. He had much to say about it. Here is just one of his many quotes on the subject:

"My quarrel with the advocates of contraceptives lies in their taking it for granted that ordinary mortals cannot exercise self-control. Some of them even go so far as to say that even if they can, they ought not to do so.

To them, no matter how eminent they may be in their own spheres, I say, in all humility but with utmost confidence, that they are talking without experience of the possibilities of self-control. They have no right to limit the capacity of the human soul."

He said much about this subject. Read more here.

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