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Old Dec 28, '11, 3:55 pm
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Default Is birth control permissible if it will save a womasns life

hi i have a qeustion if a woman is not able to have children or to be put another way she is able to have kids it is just goign to come down to her life or the babies life or both. what can she do other than not have sex. if she uses birth control is it a mortal sin in this case. this is not about me it is about my girlfriend / future wife .
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No, using artificial birth control is always morally wrong.
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Old Dec 28, '11, 4:20 pm
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If her life is at risk from pregnancy and she is unmarried, she may wish to delay marriage until her medical issues can be treated.
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Old Dec 28, '11, 5:23 pm
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Default Re: Is birth control permissible if it will save a womasns life

If the birth control is used to primarily treat a medical condition (whether or not it is life-threatening), and is needed in that capacity as judged by a competent physician, and is not used primarily as birth control, but has the side effect of birth control, it is acceptable. This is because it is taken to correct a defect (treatment of disease) in the instantiation of human form, instead of to introduce a defect (artificial sterility).

If the woman will never be able to have children, and is judged by a competent physician that pregnancy will be fatal (and if there is no treatment or surgery to correct this flaw), I believe the above rules would apply. As sterile women are allowed to be married, I do not think the Church would demand lifelong celibacy just because she's not either sexually fully-functioning or sterile.

However, this is something for the Canonists. You'd do best to ask them.
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Old Dec 28, '11, 5:28 pm
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hi i have a qeustion if a woman is not able to have children or to be put another way she is able to have kids it is just goign to come down to her life or the babies life or both. what can she do other than not have sex. if she uses birth control is it a mortal sin in this case. this is not about me it is about my girlfriend / future wife .
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Her using birth control would not be saving her life, it would be preventing a life-threatening pregnancy while still allowing her to have sex. So it woud not be moral.
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hi i have a qeustion if a woman is not able to have children or to be put another way she is able to have kids it is just goign to come down to her life or the babies life or both. what can she do other than not have sex. if she uses birth control is it a mortal sin in this case. this is not about me it is about my girlfriend / future wife .
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What potentially life-threatening medical condition has your girlfriend been diagnosed with?
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What an sad situation.

Both you and your girlfriend are in my prayers.
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No, using artificial birth control is always morally wrong.
There is an exception. ABC can be used by a woman having heavy, painful and irregular periods. However, the woman is not use the ABC in order to prevent pregnancy, but to alleviate another legtimate medical condition. The ABC can be used to correct a medical problem, but not prevent to, primarily, prevent conception. Humanae Vitae, Article 15.

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15. On the other hand, the Church does not consider at all illicit the use of those therapeutic means necessary to cure bodily diseases, even if a foreseeable impediment to procreation should result there from—provided such impediment is not directly intended for any motive whatsoever.

That would include the pill only as other methods have a singular purpose and that's to prevent conception. The pill can have a licit medical purpose, for example those women who have too frequent periods or irregular periods caused by a hormonal imbalance.

Wanted to add, that if the doctor advises a woman that her life is in danger if she gets pregnant again, that would not be a therepeutic use to use the pill. The solution is abstinence or NFP, which offers no guarantee.

She should really speak with her priest/confessor about this.
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There is an exception. ABC can be used by a woman having heavy, painful and irregular periods.
Never understood this exception and I even doubt the actual truth of it.

Nearly all women have heavy, painful and irregular periods. It's a part of being a women.
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Old Dec 28, '11, 6:08 pm
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Never understood this exception and I even doubt the actual truth of it.

Nearly all women have heavy, painful and irregular periods. It's a part of being a women.
I provided the Encyclical; you are free to find it.

Disagree about "nearly all woman" as it's too broad a generalization for you to know about "all women."
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I provided the Encyclical; you are free to find it.

Disagree about "nearly all woman" as it's too broad a generalization for you to know about "all women."
I'll call Midol and ask for their latest sales figures.
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No, using artificial birth control is always morally wrong.
I may be wrong but there are three things that go into determining if an act is wrong or right

intent
action
result

for example if the intent is to save a life, and the action is to save a life, but the result is preventing a pregnancy, then the act I think is morally ok.

for example an empathic pregnancy, I think that's what it is called anyway.

the only morally correct action would be to remove the womb, if that were to save the mothers life

now the intent is to save the mothers life
the action saves the mothers life
but the result is the baby dying but also the women living

but just because you end the life of the baby, because the action and intent isn't to end the life of the baby the action is morally ok.

I think this is correct anyway
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Her using birth control would not be saving her life, it would be preventing a life-threatening pregnancy while still allowing her to have sex. So it woud not be moral.
if this is the intent it wouldn't be moral

but it could be moral to take birth control to fix a harmon problem if the intent and action is to fix a medial problem not prevent pregnancy
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I'll call Midol and ask for their latest sales figures.
If you are under the impression that Midol can assist in any way the exceptionally painful and heavy periods *some* women experience each month then you clearly have no clue. I don't agree with the pill being handed out like candy as it is so often today, but, used as treatment rather than 'birth control', it does allow many women to function when otherwise they would be in bed for a week out of the month. The Church, in Her compassionate wisdom, permits this.

This is, of course, to primarily treat a condition. It would not seem to apply to the OP's case. BCPs cannot be used with the end (the intention) to prevent conception.
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...otherwise they would be in bed for a week out of the month.


Of course a woman with such heavy periods would never be able to live through the pain of pregnancy and childbirth - hence the continual need for ABC.
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