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Opinions Time – Contraception

by Anna Nuttall

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It’s amazing when you type ‘contraception’ into Google just how may different views and opinions it  brings up, should we kill life was one result on the search page that stood out while another was simple  stated and headlined that it was against the Bible’s teaching. It brings me back to my school days when  my RE teacher would lecture us on the pros and cons of contraception and how we should all keep an  open mind, ‘’do whatever is best for your body’’ I remember her saying. So why are there so many different views on it? Can’t we all just keep an open mind?

Unfortunately, the real world is not like the cozy classroom environment you grew up in, the whole idea  of having an open mind doesn’t really work as everyone likes to think they are right and if you disagree  then you’re just plain wrong, out on your own shouting like a mad man.

So what is the big deal with contraception, why so many different beliefs about something you want to  do with your body? Well, let’s take a quick history lesson shall we? Before modern science there was a  time when almost all people believed in the almighty creator of the earth ‘God’ (or gods, depending on  religion), he created earth in 7 days (according to Genesis) and brought life upon it. I’m sure you guys  heard it all before. Back in the early centuries (before the era of modern science) people would worship  and obey the rules of their religion, and the ruling for women was not to mess with their body or bad  things would happen. These rules governed the actions of the people, and it was this way for many hundreds of years.  Fast forward to the woman’s movement in the 20th century and the time of the suffragettes coincided with the development of new health technology, specifically, contraception was created. The whole ideal of contraception didn’t really take off until the birth control pill in 1960s – the era of free love or, to use the more emotive term, ‘the swinging 60s’. Yes, contraception was seen as a way to have ‘risk free sex’ and gave women sexual freedom, at least until the 1980s when HIV became prominent and people took a step back and realized that ‘risk free sex’ might in fact be a little more complex. With AIDS being such a serious problem, condoms became a popular contraceptive method for their ability to prevent the spread of STDs in addition to avoiding unwanted pregnancies.

So this brings me back to my original point, why can’t we keep an open mind on contraception? Simply because there are some religious people who still value their biblical rules above what science has proven and like to think that women should never mess with their body as it could be a sign of going against ‘god’s will’.  To them, the idea of birth control is simply a violation of nature.

I think in modern times, if a man and women love each other but decide to violate nature, ie. choose not to have children (or to postpone it) then that is their own personal choice and they should have free will of their body.  After all, at the heart of the matter is ‘love’.

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5 comments

Katie L Clark 3rd August 2015 - 5:18 pm

I agree! 🙂 I’m Christian, however I actually take the pill and have done for almost 2 years now. My logic behind this has a few reasons: firstly…it’s what keeps me sane! Before I took it I was having to take a day off once a month because it was that painful! (It’s important to remember that contraception isn’t always to do with just sex, but also hormone regulation!) Secondly, I’m barely able to look after myself… my goal is to build up a stable and loving relationship (and also financially stable) before I have children.
I would much rather have children when I can support them and so this is the biggest reason honestly!

In my mind, quality of life is so much more important. I believe that until a baby is able to survive outside the womb, it’s a potential life.
This is one of those arguments where regardless of you view, there’s always someone to poke holes in it though! 😉 Well done for tackling such a controversial post Anna! 😀

– Katie xoxo
http://www.katielclark.co.uk

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Anna Nuttall 3rd August 2015 - 6:46 pm

Hi Katie, thank you so much for posting your point of view. I sadly cannot have children but I’m in the same view frame as you, I’ve seen too many cousins who are get themselves in the situation of unprotected sex and can barely look after a child and always asking for help. my husband and I we always said we would after we got married – sadly it not too be.
Anyway have a nice day/evening. xx

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Katie L Clark 5th August 2015 - 12:12 pm

Awh Anna! That’s exactly the problem I see, and that is enough to put me off risking that type of situation. That must be extremely difficult, I’m not sure how I would deal with it if I found out that I could not have children, because I haven’t reached that stage yet I’m still just hoping that everything is fine! xx

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Anna Nuttall 9th August 2015 - 5:05 pm

You get over it by being happy, I still got my husband, I’m still an aunt and a friend to people. I still got the option of adoption and living my life. <3 xx

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Katie L Clark 12th August 2015 - 8:52 pm

You’re so positive and motivational Anna! 😀 Definitely, there are so many children out there who would love to be adopted 😉 I suppose it gives you the ability to focus on all the other relationships in your life more! <3 xx

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