I am starting this thread as a continuation of a post which fits much better in Moral Theology forum than Family Life forum, and will hopefully garner more posters to help this topic come to an understandable conclusion.
Here is a brief summary of the prior thread. Aaron, feel free to write your own summary or add parts if you feel mine is imbalanced or lacking in some way:
OP is on BCP for medical reasons and is having sex, and asks if this is within the realm of Catholic morality. Aaronlgates responds stating
[quote=aaronlgates] because it acts as an abortifacient hormonal ‘contraception’ is not a viable treatment if there is a possibility of intercourse during this treatment.
This is responded to, with information that BCP is not considered contraception when used for medical purposes and therefore not considered sinful; also, due to double effect, the pill can be used while having sex and that since abortion is considered a willful act, it is not an accurate term for unintended acts. References:
aaronlgates disagrees and responds
[quote=aaronlgates] this whole thread is focused on legitimizing the use of abortifacient contraceptives which is what I am opposed to altogether. Killing is wrong, especially when the ‘treatment’ causing the ‘inadvertent killing’ is out of proportion to the end as Aquinas observes in the principle of double effect.
as well, he brings up an analogy asking if Thalidomide (drug which helped pregnant women with morning sickness which spawned a terrible amount of surprise birth deformities in the mid 20th century) could fall under the double effect principal today, likely feeling that the bad far outweighs the good in both circumstances of this and medical-use BCP, and relates this to Aquinas’ lesser evil.
Aaron and I both feel that we are stating what the Catholic position is when it comes to medical use BCP and sex. Please chime in. I feel wary about contributing much to the Thalidomide discussion as it seems it would be more of a subjective realm, and my original purpose was simply to point to what Catholic teaching was, but I’d be interested in others’ views. (Pope Paul VI Institute has already been discussed as being a good resource in the prior thread)
(Prior post is here forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=124933 )
Thanks in advance for your contributions! The more heads, the better!