As much as I like some of the positions of the Catholic church (acceptance of evolution, global warming, etc.), it is beyond ridiculous that the Vatican continues to stick to the outdated concept of opposing birth control. With the world population at dangerously high levels that leads to all sorts of problems including poverty, infant mortality, malnutrition, crime, etc., the Catholics lose all credibility when they oppose birth control even when almost all Catholics themselves use birth control. If the Catholics believe that having more births to Catholics is the fastest and easiest way to grow their religion, then in the process they will be destroying the planet.
According to The Times, “About half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and about 4 of 10 of those end in abortion, according to the Institute of Medicine report, which was released in July. It noted that providing birth control could lower both pregnancy and abortion rates. It also cited studies showing that women with unintended pregnancies are more likely to be depressed and to smoke, drink and delay or skip prenatal care, potentially harming fetuses and putting babies at increased risk of being born prematurely and having low birth weight.”
What other evidence is needed to convince them? Isn’t this data not enough to pursue them to give up their opposition because getting pregnant only when you really want to is not just good for the parents, the child, the family, but also for the society? Isn’t the ultimate goal prevention of abortion rather than having a bunch of unwanted babies who will most likely never go to a Catholic church and will most likely become losers?