Contraception: Preventing Deaths Since 1850 BCE

Apparently, there are now people making the utterly ludicrous claim that contraception kills.

See: ‘Contraception Kills’

I should note that I am specifically responding to this quote from the FFRF blog post, not the one about the pill and cancer:

Midway through the rally, a glassy-eyed man with an infant came up to me, held up the baby, and solemnly told me: “Contraception would have killed her.”

In some cases, people really do seem to think that not conceiving a child is the same as killing one. Somewhat humorously, they do not seem to make the same claim about abstinence in general, or more specifically about the priests and nuns who disobey God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply.” (Actually, this may be a mistaken translation. I believe the original quote was “be useful and multiplex.”)

However, pointing out hypocrisies like priests, nuns, and religious murderers who let their own children die rather than use modern medicine to treat obviously treatable conditions like diabetes will only be a sidebar to this discussion.

The real point will of this post is the obvious fact that every person ever born has died or will die. No one gets out alive. Therefore, 100% of all human deaths have as the root cause conception.

Contraception prevents death.

For the purposes of this post, I am going to assume that those who mistakenly claim that contraception rather than conception causes death are the same induhviduals who believe life begins at conception. It seems a fair assumption. So, for those folks, I would point out not only that about 80% of all fertilized eggs “die” without implanting in the womb, but all of the others die as well. Every fertilized egg is a death waiting to happen, some will merely take longer than others.

So, to you religiose wackos who believe that contraception kills, I say this. Contraception has been preventing deaths since 1850 BCE. Contraception is the only means humanity has ever found to prevent death. Fairy tales won’t do it. Prayer won’t do it. Contraception succeeds where prayer fails.

Prevent death. Get a vasectomy or tubal ligation today. Not ready to make a permanent commitment to preventing death? Try contraception. Many types are quite effective at staving off the grim reaper. Ask your doctor which method is right for you.

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4 Responses to Contraception: Preventing Deaths Since 1850 BCE

  1. buckeyenonbeliever says:

    So, using these idiot’s logic; a woman who says she has a headache and denies sex to her husband is guilty of attemped murder??? Think about it!

  2. ECA says:

    YOU REALLY want a reply??
    try this one.
    Middle east, Africa, many other places, it is STILL a practice to kill infants that are unwanted/un-needed/unasked for.
    Lets do abit of Conceptual math here.

    Farmers can only divide property up to a certain point before its NOT profitable or worth farming. You only need so many people ON A FARM..
    POOR people DO AS the commandment is said to be…but have NO WAY of feeding the child..
    In some GROUPS, children tend to have babies.. THEY PLAY around and LEARN how things ARE!!! and THINGS happen. then they leave the Birth out in the wild to DIE..

    Dont get me wrong.
    Be fruitful and multiply HAD ITS USES..
    Farms needed children..
    Ranches needed children..
    THAT was when the average BIRTH had a 20% chance of surviving(PERIOD). IF someone DIED you had to replace them.
    BUT, NOT in a city.
    When there were to many, SOMEONE had to leave…TO THE CITY..TO FIND WORK…TO SURVIVE..
    Nothing more.

    But, what happens in the CITY when there are to many…
    Look back in history. ITS conclusive. THEY DIE..

    • Regarding division of farms, this happened to extreme in Rwanda. Jared Diamond has called the genocide there the first Malthusian conflict.

      Personally, I don’t think be fruitful ever had its use other than to try to out-breed your enemies, an unworthy goal if I ever heard one.

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