A dear friend laughed the other night when I shared that the popularization of contraception in our country led to an increase in irresponsible sexual behavior, which in turn led to an increase in abortions.
Fortunately, the wonderful Jen Fulwiler posted an article on this very subject, citing the supporting statistics from Planned Parenthood's Guttmacher Institute. Bottom line: Half of the 1 million abortions performed annually in the United States are the result of failed contraception. Instead of sharing the beautiful, life and culture-changing truth that we human beings can control and channel our sexual love in strong marriages, we keep perpetuating this idea that "Teens are going to do it; and a pregnancy in high school or college will ruin their lives. They need to play it 'safe.' " Ironically, lowering our expectations, has led to MORE unintended pregnancies - and as a result, hundreds of thousands of children being aborted every year! It's not too late though; this is a powerful moment for our culture to take stock and embrace the truth of our sexual nature - as created by God, and observable to all - and not just pull back from the brink, but make authentic headway. Stay tuned for my review of Christopher West's At the Heart of the Gospel: Reclaiming the Body for the New Evangelization.