The Right to Procreate or not to Procreate

The Right to Procreate or not to Procreate - The Right to...

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The Right to Procreate or not to Procreate (week 2) Contra-Contraception One prime objective of England's Christian warriors in the 1720's was to stamp out what Defoe called "the diabolical practice of attempting to prevent childbearing by physical preparations." Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, an organization that has battled abortion for 27 years says "The mind-set that invites a couple to use contraception is an antichild mind-set," Pope Paul VI's "Humanae Vitae" encyclical of 1968 forbade "any action which either before, at the moment of or after sexual intercourse, is specifically intended to prevent procreation" Edward R. Martin Jr., a lawyer for the public-interest law firm Americans United for Life, says "We see contraception and abortion as part of a mind-set that's worrisome in terms of respecting life. If you're trying to build a culture of life, then you have to start from the very beginning of life, from conception, and you have to include how we think and act with regard to sexuality and contraception." Controversies surrounding the pill include whether Catholic hospitals may decline to provide it to rape victims. Plan B can prevent a pregnancy most effectively if taken within 72 hours of having sex. the emergency contraception pill has three possible means of functioning o it stops ovulation o prevents sperm from fertilizing an egg. o In some cases, however, it may stop an already fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall. In such a situation would ]function as an abortifacient. If emergency contraception is a potential abortifacient, then the same would seem to be true for the
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This note was uploaded on 12/24/2009 for the course UGS 303 taught by Professor Foster during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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