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Recent newspaper grabs on the president of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations Jose Maria Simon Castevelli's claim that 'one of the causes of masculine infertility in the West is the environmental contamination caused by the products of the pill' featured the usual digs about bizarre statements coming out of the Vatican.
If the diggers had dug a little deeper they would find Castevelli's concerns re artificial contraception are shared by none other than a co-inventor of the oral contraceptive pill. These are concerns worthy of deeper analysis and dissemination.
Eighty-five-year-old Carl Djerassi, the Austrian chemist who helped invent the contraceptive pill, now says that his co-creation has led to a 'demographic catastrophe.' He said that in most of Europe there was now 'no connection at all between sexuality and reproduction'.
Castevelli also reiterated what is acknowledged in scientific literature, that 'the most widely used anti-ovulatory pill in the industrialised world, the one made with low doses of estrogen and progesterone, in many cases works with an anti- implantation effect, that is, abortifacient, because it expels a small human embryo.'
Vienna's Catholic Archbishop Christoph Schönborn has publicly admitted to being initially 'negative' about the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae condemning artificial contraception but now believes it was 'prophetic.' As Pope Paul VI warned: 'The contraceptive society is the abortive society'.
Who could disagree?
DENISE M. CAMERON
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 22 No 3 (April 2009), p. 15
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