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“What is the big deal about Catholics using birth control?”

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By Jenn Giroux

It is more vital than ever that Catholics who understand the teaching of the Church on Birth Control be ever so patient with those who do not. After all, the sad reality is that for 50 years now there have only been a few Cardinals, Bishops, and priests who have given the proper time to this subject matter from the pulpit. Those who addressed this issue often suffered for it. Some were reprimanded by their Superiors, others were moved out to the farthest, most undesirable location in the diocese. It was so very painful for orthodox Catholics to endure. When 98% of Catholics and non-Catholic alike have used some form of birth control something has gone terribly wrong. Only Satan, himself, is clever enough to have worked his way into that many bedrooms. Yet in an amazing turn of events, something quite unexpected has taken hold of the country and the Church.

I write this for those who are inundated by the media screaming against their Church.They do not understand. Many don’t even know what Humanae Vitaeis. Or they know and just don’t really have the time to read an Encyclical Letter. They wonder internally ‘what is the big deal about Catholics using birth control — I don’t get it’. In order to stand up and defend religious liberty one must first understand what it is that his own church teaches. . Young and old alike are hungry for the truth.

When I was growing up my parents always modeled by their example a blind trust in God. In the worst of circumstances they would say ‘trust God, he knows what he is doing.’ Now that I am a parent I understand how very difficult it can be to, indeed, unconditionally trust what is happening in our lives to God. I also see that it is the most valuable lesson a parent can teach a child. It has been my lifeline. Likewise, here is what I was taught about Church teaching on sex, marriage and birth control:

Sex was a gift from the Creator intended for couples to enjoy inside the sacrament of marriage only.

There are two elements that must be present with every sexual act. The act must be both ‘procreative’ (meaning ‘open to life’) and unitive (meaning ‘the actual physical union of man and wife’). Any interruption of these two basic guidelines deliberately takes the Will of God out of it. It steps outside the rules of the Church which are inspired by God Himself.

Every act of sexual intercourse must be open to the transmission of human life. That is why barrier protection (condoms and spermicides), withdrawal before the completion of the act, and all forms of hormonal contraception and abortifacient drugs are forbidden. It also explains why the use of surrogate mothers, sperm banks, egg donation, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and certain fertility practices are forbidden by the Catholic Church as well. If you apply the two basic elements, “procreative and unitive,” to each one of these controversial practices today you will see that none of them exhibit both the Church required “procreative and unitive” elements. Additionally, direct sterilization (tubal ligation, vasectomy, and other new procedures that render one of the married partners sterile and unable to have any more children) is also not allowed. The lack of understanding of this teaching has led to the following shocking statistic. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one out of every two couples in the U.S. is sterilized by age 45.

The Church does allow married Catholics (with good reason) to abstain from having sex during the fertile time of the woman’s cycle. Those who use birth control often say that natural birth spacing and artificial contraception are the same. They are not.  With artificial birth control the couple engages in a unitive act that is frustrated by a contraceptive. In Natural Family Planning, a couple is showing self-restraint and abstinence during a possible procreative time. Natural Family Planning is a prayerful decision by a couple to exercise self-restraint. In other words, by abstaining the couple does not enjoy the unitive aspect of the marital embrace without the procreative aspect which is what is done when a couple enjoys the unitive part of sex while using birth control. What the Obama administration fails to see is that defending this teaching is not about choice, it is about salvation. The Catholic Church cannot and will not back away from defending it. The ramifications are eternal.

It is important to note that there are several natural birth regulation methods approved by the Catholic Church such as Natural Family Planning, the Ovulation Method, the Creighton Model Fertility Care System, as well as the Billings method. These methods also assist couples to achieve pregnancy.

Women have been seduced for 50 years into believing that they should take birth control and become their own god. Some of the bad fruits of this seduction can be seen in the negative physical manifestations of using the Pill and the total rejection of God’s supreme rights and authority over our bodies.

It is not too late to re-educate Catholics of all ages. For anyone who seeks to better understand these difficult issues of our day the Catechism of the Catholic Church provides every answer with full explanation to these hard questions and more. The true teaching of Holy Mother Church on birth control has openly found Her voice and regained Her influence at the pulpits once again. Now, more than ever, the prophetic words of Archbishop Chaput are echoing coast to coast:

“There will be no renewal of America without renewal of the Catholic Church, and no renewal of the Catholic Church without renewal of the Catholic family, and no renewal of the Catholic family without a bold proclamation of the sacred truths regarding the transmission of human life.”

Trust God, He knows what He is doing.

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

By Jenn Giroux

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.”

Providing free hormonal birth control to women under the guise of ‘preventative services’ and ‘women’s health’ is a lie and women of all faiths deserve to know the truth.

Hormonal birth control methods can enter the body in various ways. These ways include ‘The Pill’ (by mouth), the Mirena IUD (Intrauterine Device), the implant (placed under the skin), ‘the Patch’ (absorbed through the skin), and the Vaginal Nuvaring. There are many other estrogen -progestin name brands that can be added to this list. Any way you name it, these hormone drugs dispense poison into a woman’s body.

Perhaps HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should inform her President of the following before he makes additional statements to the press like “it is cheaper to prevent than to treat.” Consider this:

— Since 1975 there has been a 400% increase in “in situ” breast cancer among pre-menopausal women under 50 years old. This mirrors the increased use of birth control over these same years. (“In situ” is a medical term which means “at the location” [4].

— A Mayo Clinic study confirms that any young girl or woman who is on hormonal birth control for 4 years prior to their first full term pregnancy increases their breast cancer risk by 52%. [5]

— Women who use hormonal birth control for more than 5 years are four times more likely to develop cervical cancer. [6]

— The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research arm of the World Health Organization, classifies all forms of hormonal contraception as a Group 1 carcinogen. This group of cancer causing agents also includes cigarettes and asbestos. [7] Why is it that the FDA can require cigarette manufacturers to place warning labels and real life photos of corpses on cigarette packages to warn consumers of the health dangers yet they, in turn, take an equally harmful substance (hormonal birth control) and force companies to give it away free to young girls without parental consent and woman of all ages?

— For high school boys and men to take steroid drugs, it is a crime. Whereas girls and women taking steroid drugs (i.e. hormonal birth control) are now treated as if they are taking a sacred, life preserving vitamin that women cannot live without. [8]

— In October 2010 the NY Times carried an article about Hormone Replacement Therapy drugs. It quoted the America Medical Association (AMA) as warning women that these post-menopausal drugs which were originally marketed as keeping a women “young and sexy” were discovered instead to be more likely to cause advanced and deadly breast cancer.[9] It stopped short of making one other startling revelation: The only difference between hormone replacement therapy drugs which cause deadly breast cancer and the hormonal birth control drugs (now mandated by the Obama administration) is that the birth control drugs are six times the dosage — and are the very same drug!

Never before has the US government mandated that private companies must provide services and it adds insult to injury when this mandate includes substances that harm women and cause them to unknowingly self-abort their babies a certain percentage of the time when they are using these substances.

How is it possible for women to self-abort when birth control is meant to prevent pregnancy? It is possible because many of these birth control methods still allow the woman’s body to ovulate every month. If sexual relations occur during that time, it is possible to get pregnant. Recently doctors tried to figure out why some women could not get pregnant using artificial insemination. They conducted a study which discovered that the lining of a woman’s uterus must be at least 8mm thick in order for a baby, in its tiniest form, to implant and grow in the womb. They found that the use of hormonal contraception (in any of the forms mentioned above) generally keeps the uterine lining below 6mm.[10] To be clear, if a baby is conceived by a woman on hormonal birth control the embryo cannot implant and grow to full gestation of 9 months if the integrity of the uterine lining is too thin. Instead the baby, in its tiniest form, is unknowingly self-aborted by its mother. This is what is meant by the word “abortifacient.” It isn’t just the “morning after” pill or “Ella” that is in the abortion inducing drug category. It is nearly all of the hormonal birth control that is being mandated.

Since Roe v Wade there has been over 55 million surgical abortions. These chemical abortions add an estimated 250 million additional abortions to our nation’s holocaust. [11]

This is not information that should be kept from the public. Women deserve to be told the truth. They are not being warned that birth control methods are causing breast, liver, and cervical cancer. They are not being told about the “silent killer” effect which is causing them to unknowingly abort their babies. They are instead being told that they are healthier on birth control because it decreases ovarian and uterine cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, out of 100 women with cancer, 31 have breast cancer, 6 have uterine cancer, and 3 have ovarian cancer. This is not a healthy tradeoff of risks that is worth taking. [12]

If, indeed,” it is cheaper to prevent than to treat” then it is time for the White House, Kathleen Sebeilius, and all health agencies within the government to sound the warning trumpet to warn women on hormonal birth control about these devastating medical consequences.

Clearly, birth control does not help women at risk, it places women at risk.

Jenn Giroux has been a Registered Nurse for 26 years where she has seen both the physical and spiritual harms of contraception. She also founded the “Speaking of Motherhood” project in an effort to educate women of the harms of birth control and to elevate the profession of motherhood. She and her husband, Dan, live in Cincinnati, Ohio and have 9 children.

NOTES:

[1]  http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html ;

 

[2]  Jones RK, Darroch JE and Henshaw SK, Contraceptive use among U.S. women having abortions in 2000–2001, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2002, 34(6):294–303.

 

[3]  International Pharmacists for Life 2003;http://www.prolifephysicians.org/abortifacient

 

[4]  http://www.cancer.org

 

[5]  Kahlenborn et al., “Oral Contraceptive Use — as a risk factor for pre-menopausal breast cancer: a meta analysis,” Mayo Clinic proceedings 2006 pp. 1290-1320, 2006

 

[6]  Bosch, et al, “Effect of oral contraceptives on risk of cervical cancer…” International Agency of Research on Cancer, 2002

 

[7]  International Agency for Research on Cancer, a research arm of the World Health Organization, 2010

 

[8]  http:www.mayoclinic.com/health/performance-enhancing-drugs/SM00045

 

[9]  New York Times, Oct. 19, 2010

 

[10]  Rabe T etal The Effects of Monophasic and triplasic Oral Contraceptives on Ovarian Function and Endometrial Thickness Eura J Contra Reproductive Care 1997 2, 39-51

 

[11]  Kuhar et al,”Infant Homocides through Contraceptives,” International Pharmacists for Life, 5th Edition 2003

 

[12]  http://www.bcpinstitute.org

© Jenn Giroux

Jenn Giroux Offers Brochures on Contraception and Sterilization

In light of the recent HHS Mandate issued by our government, stay informed on the dangers of contraception and the impact of sterilization.

Life Cycle Books offers my brochure, “The Harms of the Pill”

And, “The Grief and Regret of Sterilization”

 

Religious Liberty is the American Way

By Jenn Giroux

For many years there has been an ominous silence here in America about arguably the most controversial and devastating issue of our day: contraception. It is also a topic that has been intentionally avoided by many pro-family organizations. Medical science has now revealed both the physical harm that birth control causes to women and the ‘silent killer’ element of most forms of contraception that cause women and young girls to self-abort their babies often without even knowing it. I have long wondered just how, in God’s timing and mercy, the issue would ever take center stage. As a result of the aggressive attack by the Obama administration on Religious Liberty, the hour is now upon us. It is a defining moment for our country and Americans of all faiths. Standing together for the truth will make all the difference. We are very grateful to Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan for his eloquence and clarity in speaking out this past week in USA Today:
Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan: HHS contraception mandate ‘un-American’

      USA Today
      January 25, 2012
      Americans are nothing if not fair. We share with those who are down and out. We salute excellence and the honest effort to achieve it. And something in our character draws us to the underdog. That’s why the new federal edict mandating sterilization and contraception coverage in all health care plans has set off alarm bells around the country. And for the record, the contraceptives mandated as “preventive services” will include abortifacients.
      Critics charge that this is an attack on the cornerstone First Amendment freedom that is the very foundation of our democracy. It is. Others assert that it threatens a violation of conscience for millions of Americans. It does. And still others insist it will force an unprecedented choice for many employers to either subsidize what they believe to be immoral, or withdraw health care coverage for their own families and those of their employees. It will. But the new Health and Human Services ruling is wrong for another reason. It is egregiously unfair, and as such, it cuts against the grain of what it means to be American.
      The great and historic 236-year American achievement has been built on a broadly accepted social understanding. Working Americans pay taxes on what they earn. In return, their government protects them from external dangers, and from threats to the rights that our Declaration of Independence held to be God-given.
      In a word, Americans expect government to be fair in how it governs, with respect for the exercise of the liberties and rights guaranteed all citizens under the U.S. Constitution.
      Indeed, this basic American notion of fairness, the principle of equality under the law, was the animating force behind the great Civil Rights movement and the expanded recognition of rights for women and minorities in this past century. Americans, when presented with all the facts, support what is fair.
      Which is precisely why the Obama administration’s decision to force Catholic and other religious employers to violate their conscience will not stand. Americans will recognize it for the unconstitutional detour that it is, and urge their elected representatives to repeal it.
      I believe the trigger for this will be a very simple question. Americans will ask themselves: If this, what next?
      What other constitutionally protected freedoms might an increasingly powerful federal government revoke? What other mandated violations of conscience lie ahead for other groups of American citizens, in pursuit of what their government declares is in the common interest? For whom doth the bell toll next?
      There are many reasons to decry this HHS mandate. But perhaps the most important reason is that it is simply un-American.

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan is archbishop of New York City and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.© Jenn Giroux

Jenn Giroux Announces New Brochure Series

Jenn Giroux has begun work on a new series of educational and inspirational brochures that address the life issues of contraception, abortion, sterilization, and motherhood.  The first three of the series have been published and can be ordered through Life Cycle Books.  Check them out here…

If every life is worth saving, the pro-life movement must now oppose hormonal birth control

By Jenn Giroux

September 2, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – August 1, 2012 the new government-mandated guideline for ‘free birth control’ will be forced upon our nation.  It seems to have taken the aggressive agenda of the left to force us to recognize that it is time for a drastic strategy change within the pro-life movement.

How will pro-life activists and organizations react to a new and necessary challenge to overcome their fear of opposing abortifacient birth control in order to protect and preserve every single unborn life?

First it is vital that we dispel the myths that we are now hearing ad nauseum:

 

“Increased access to birth control decreases the number of abortions.” Even Planned Parenthood admits through the research of their very own Guttmacher Institute that approximately 50% of women that show up for abortions do so because of failed contraception. To be clear, there is no question that increased access to birth control only increases the number of abortions.

“Women are healthier on birth control.“ While it is true that being on hormonal birth control can decrease the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer, it significantly increases a woman’s risk of getting breast, cervical, and liver cancers.  According to the American Cancer Society, out of 100 women with cancer, 31 have breast cancer, 6 have endometrial (uterine) cancer and only 3 have ovarian cancer.  As you can see this is flawed reasoning and it is not a good “trade-off” in health benefit versus risk.  Continue reading…

Birth control use by women with common vein condition raises deadly blood clot risk to 1,700%

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by Kathleen Gilbert

Wed Aug 10 3:28 PM EST

August 10, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) –  While use of the birth control pill raises the risk of deadly blood clots by 500 percent, the risk shoots to over 1,700 percent for U.S. women with a common vein malformation, California researchers have found.

In the study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine’s Dr. Lawrence Hofmann and his team noted that up to 25 percent of the population has a vein malformation or narrowing, known as stenosis, in the left common iliac vein.

Comparing 35 women with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that is potentially fatal, against 35 women without the condition, the Stanford group found the risk of DVT in women with a 70 percent venous stenosis who also use combined-oral contraceptives (COC) – containing both the hormones estrogen and progestin –  to be nearly 18 times. This finding compares with a risk 3.5 times for women with venous stenosis and 5 times for women with COC-use. Continue reading…

Jenn Giroux on Catholic Connection

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Join Jenn Giroux and Teresa Tomeo on Catholic Connection on August 9th discussing the contraception mandate.

Family advocates slam ‘no kids allowed’ trend

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August 2, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) –  While most parents with young children have self-imposed limits on spending and leisure, a new movement to keep kids out of public areas may start imposing a brand new set of limits.

The movement experienced a nationwide surge in June after Malaysia Airlines made headlines for keeping babies out of their first-class cabins.

Then, McDain’s, a Pittsburgh area eatery, became the trend’s mascot last month after it instituted a ban on children under 6 at the casual dining establishment.

Also, a Texas cinema chain has banned children under age 6, except on specific children’s days, and Whole Foods in Missouri has reportedly established no-child shopping hours.

There is even a travel industry devoted to coordinating no-kids-allowed trips. A referral service based in London, Leavethembehind.com has reportedly experienced an uptick in business thanks to the “no kids allowed” trend.

Family advocates say that the trend is more bad news for a society that already pushes children to the sidelines.

Jenn Giroux, founder of Speaking of Motherhood, told LifeSiteNews that the mentality behind the “No Kids Allowed” movement is “a reflection of where we are as a society today in America: we no longer love children.” Continue reading…

Government mandated birth control coverage: placing women at higher risk for Cancer and Catholic hospitals at risk of closing (USCCB speaks out)

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By Jenn Giroux

It is recommended by the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) , in a report commissioned by the Obama administration, that all U.S.-approved birth control methods — including the “morning-after pill,” taken after sexual relations to stop a pregnancy — be added to the list of preventive health services.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reveals her complete bias and ignorance with the following statement: “These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need.”

One has to wonder where Sebelius was when the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization) issued their report classifying “the Pill” and other hormonal contraceptives used by young girls and women as a Group 1 carcinogen. This group includes not just “The Pill” and other forms of oral birth control but non-oral methods of Birth Control as well . These include the rod implant, hormone infused vaginal rings, Patches, and the IUD -Intrauterine Device, Mirena. Other substances listed in this category as cancer causing agents by the World Health Organization include asbestos and tobacco found in cigarettes. Sebelius and her cronies reflect either a stunning ignorance of the facts or a blatant disregard for the health of American women. In either case, American women suffer the consequences.

As if identifying “The Pill” as a Group 1 carcinogen were not enough….other frightening facts that have come to light in recent years:

* a Mayo Clinic study reveals that any young girl or woman who takes “The Pill” or other form of hormonal contraception for 4 years prior to her first full term pregnancy increases her risk of breast cancer by 52%.

*Women who use a hormonal contraceptive for more than 5 years are four times more likely to develop cervical cancer.

How is it that instead of warning women of the danger that lies ahead, our government is leading them down the path of government assisted destruction.

This latest item on the self-serving agenda of this sex-obsessed administration is a sickening display of willful and intentional blindness. A government once ‘of the people’ has now become one that is “against the people.”

Increased distribution of free contraception will continue to have a long term impact on the physical and spiritual health of women. And according to Planned Parenthood’s own research arm, the Guttmacher Institute, it will also lead to MORE not less abortions. Over 50%, they tell us, admit to showing up for abortions due to failed contraception. If we pull back the curtain we can see that this mandate will increase the flow of business to the abortion industry that Sebelius herself has long protected from legal prosecution.

For years mainstream organizations that opposed abortion refused to speak out against contraception.

How much longer can they ignore the obvious?

If there is a Republican candidate out there brave enough to undo the damage of this administration, will he or she please stand up? We need someone who will push back with the same boldness and persistence that has been shamelessly used to mandate the agenda of the left.

That will bring ‘preventative care’ to a whole new level by preventing the intrusion of government, whose new mandate we now suffer under.

USCCB: HHS MANDATE FOR CONTRACEPTIVE AND ABORTIFACIENT DRUGS VIOLATES CONSCIENCE RIGHTS

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sharply criticized a new HHS “preventive services” mandate requiring private health plans to cover female surgical sterilization and all drugs and devices approved by the FDA as contraceptives, including drugs which can attack a developing unborn child before and after implantation in the mother’s womb. “Although this new rule gives the agency the discretion to authorize a ‘religious’ exemption, it is so narrow as to exclude most Catholic social service agencies and healthcare providers,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities. “For example, under the new rule our institutions would be free to act in accord with Catholic teaching on life and procreation only if they were to stop hiring and serving non-Catholics,” Cardinal DiNardo continued. “Could the federal government possibly intend to pressure Catholic institutions to cease providing health care, education and charitable services to the general public? Health care reform should expand access to basic health care for all, not undermine that goal.” “The Administration’s failure to create a meaningful conscience exemption to the preventive services mandate underscores the need for Congress to approve the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act,” the Cardinal said. That bill (H.R. 1179), introduced by Reps. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Dan Boren (D-OK), would prevent mandates under the new health reform law from undermining rights of conscience. Cardinal DiNardo added: “Catholics are not alone in conscientiously objecting to this mandate. The drugs that Americans would be forced to subsidize under the new rule include Ella, which was approved by the FDA as an ‘emergency contraceptive’ but can act like the abortion drug RU-486. It can abort an established pregnancy weeks after conception. The pro-life majority of Americans — Catholics and others — would be outraged to learn that their premiums must be used for this purpose.” “HHS says the intent of its ‘preventive services’ mandate is to help ‘stop health problems before they start,’” said Cardinal DiNardo. “But pregnancy is not a disease, and children are not a ‘health problem’ — they are the next generation of Americans.” “It’s now more vital than ever that Congress pass the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act to close the gaps in conscience protection in the new health care reform act, so employers and employees alike will have the freedom to choose health plans in accordance with their deeply held moral and religious beliefs.” In a July 22 letter supporting the bill, Cardinal DiNardo wrote: “Those who sponsor, purchase and issue health plans should not be forced to violate their deeply held moral and religious convictions in order to take part in the health care system or provide for the needs of their families or their employees. To force such an unacceptable choice would be as much a threat to universal access to health care as it is to freedom of conscience.” The full text of Cardinal DiNardo’s letter is available online at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/religious-liberty/upload/respect-for-rights-of-conscience-act-cardinal-dinardo-letter-to-congress-hr1179-07-22-11.pdf Cardinal DiNardo also addressed the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations on preventive services for women in a July 19 statement: http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2011/11-145.shtml

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