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This anti-contraception video is mind-bogglingly dishonest

This anti-contraception video is mind-bogglingly dishonest


This video has been making the rounds online, originally appearing on Joe.My.God. and picked up by Jezebel, which led to it going viral.

Created by an order of nuns in Newark, Ohio, called Children of Mary, the video makes claims about the effects of all forms of birth control, which Jezebel summarizes comically:

1. Birth control will make it so no man wants to have sex with you.
2. Contraception confuses men and has led to an exponential increase in sluttery.
3. Whore pills will cause your monkey husband to divorce you, and then turn gay.
4. Taking The Pill will literally kill you.
5. Those harlot-enablers you’re taking once a day? The same thing as baby murder.
6. Estrogen is in the tap water and it is turning us all into transsexuals.
7. Birth control causes adultery, divorce, abortion, homosexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, promiscuity, adultery, divorce, abortion, homosexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, promiscuity, adultery, divorce, abortion, homosexuality, sexually transmitted diseases,and promiscuity.
8. Let’s just come out and say it: birth control means not enough white babies.
9. “The whole birth control mentality” means we get to decide when and how life comes about.
10. That stuff about there not being enough babies? J/K, we only mean there aren’t enough babies when we’re talking about babies who aren’t born from IVF.
11. Contraceptecons are leading to beastiality and sex with children.
12. Sterilization bad because people are more important than racehorses.
13. Pregnancy is not a risk, it’s a privilege.
14. A bunch of dead guys think that contraception is bad. Popes, guys with woodcut portraits, out-of-context quotes from the Bible. Who can argue with a bunch of dead guys who were never pregnant?

It’s long, but the assault on logic and common sense is so concentrated and baffling, you may find yourself watching the whole thing:

I don’t want to sound like one of those people who gleefully bashes all people of faith. I know many who are smart and open-minded. But this video commits the logical sin of starting with a faith-based stand — “God wants us to have as many babies as He chooses” — then works backwards to selectively presents a series of out-of-context “facts” that support the conclusion through confirmation bias.

If this group of women, who themselves have decided to practice birth control through vows of chastity, want other women to accept that they should mary and have as many babies as biologically possible simply as an act of faith, they could do that honestly. Instead, they deliberately misinform with a preamble of secular arguments intended to deceive by leaving out context.

One example is the statement that WHO considers birth control pills a “Class 1 carcinogen”. The related Wikipedia article includes hormonal containing both estrogen and a progestogen on the list, but notes “there is also conclusive evidence that these agents have a protective effect against cancers of the ovary and endometrium”. The US National Institutes of Health state:

A number of studies suggest that current use of oral contraceptives (birth control pills) appears to slightly increase the risk of breast cancer, especially among younger women. However, the risk level goes back to normal 10 years or more after discontinuing oral contraceptive use.

Women who use oral contraceptives have reduced risks of ovarian and endometrial cancer. This protective effect increases with the length of time oral contraceptives are used.

Oral contraceptive use is associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer; however, this increased risk may be because sexually active women have a higher risk of becoming infected with human papillomavirus, which causes virtually all cervical cancers.

Women who take oral contraceptives have an increased risk of benign liver tumors, but the relationship between oral contraceptive use and malignant liver tumors is less clear.

Some other agents and compounds on the “Class 1” list include alcohol, vinyl and sunlight (along with scarier things like asbestos, radioactive elements and air pollution from diesel and coal burning).

Another claim, that the world population could fit into Texas, completely ignores the habitat requirements of humans for agricultural or hunter-gatherer territory. And another, citing the many first world nations with low birthrates, mostly ignores the balancing effects of immigration.

In the current political environment in the United States, it is not surprising that polarized political views tempt partisans to support their own positions through purposeful deceit, logical fallacies, and lies of deception. But I am outraged that people who pretend to be holier than you and I, and enjoy tax-exempt status because of it, would do it so unashamedly.

Children of Mary
Joe. My.God.

I am Creative Director at Acart Communications, a Canadian Social Issues Marketing agency. Read more