While having a conversation about embryonic stem cells, the issue of certain birth control methods that prevent implantation of a fertilized egg came up. I am not Catholic, but have been reading and studying for the past year and as far as I can tell the Church considers such methods to be equal to abortion. That is the postion I have been taught as a prot Christian as well. I tried to find someplace on the net that clearly stated that, but no luck. The CC stats the fertilized egg is a person, but makes no mention of specific forms of BC.
I don’t understand how practicing Catholics could say these things when most people in the street seem to know the Churches stand on human life???
And where can I find statements on-line to refute these specifically?
"I had 17 years of Catholic education and did a lot of research on birth control and abortion. As in any set of beliefs, there’s bad and there’s awful. Abortion is seen as a much bigger sin then practicing birth control. All birth control is against church teaching because they believe it is against ‘Natural Law.’ This logic is very sketchy to most Catholics because you can’t attribute it directly to anything Jesus said. Abortion is wrong because it takes a human life. Again, IUDS and certain pills can’t be thought of to be taking human life (under church teaching) because you don’t know how many lives are in a fertilized egg, could be zero, could be 4. Human Life begins sometime after the blastocyst has past the point where it could have split into twins, triplets, quads…
The church doesn’t believe in assisted reproductive techniques so it doesn’t believe the embryos in question should have been created in the first place."
“Even the Catholic Church defines the beginning of life as the point beyond
cleavage to account for twinning. (From a book entitled Contraception, by John
Noonan if you’re so inclined to look. Yes, I know what the Pope said, but he
should’ve checked with his theologians. Besides, the majority of the Pope’s
argument is with the creation of these embryos outside a woman’s body to begin
with.) So, although it’s easy to jump on this bandwagon in defense of life, I
think it’s a little premature. No, I can’t say for sure when life begins, but
I’m pretty sure it’s millions of cells after this stage. As a mother of a
child with a potentially curable disease (type 1 diabetes) I want scientists to
have available every option to help my son.”