Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Carl Djerassi, the Austrian chemist who helped develop the earliest form of oral contraceptive, now laments the "demographic catastrophe" the pill has brought upon society.
Djerassi outlined the "horror scenario" that occurred because of the population imbalance, for which his invention was partly to blame. He said that in most of Europe there was now "no connection at all between sexuality and reproduction."
No kidding. The recent story of a 22 year old woman willing to auction her away her virginity to the highest bidder (current bid $5 million) demonstrates just how far we've fallen.

At least this woman understood the monetary value wealthy businessmen place on her purity. Others young people are willing to just give it away. A recent conversation with a young woman reared in a conservative Christian home alerted me to the reality that, to many young people, "hooking up" has nothing to do with marriage, a committed relationship, or even millions of dollars -- it's "free entertainment" in a world where being entertained is what life is all about.

It's not just personal purity that has fallen out of fashion because of the pill, but the notion that children are a blessing to a married couple whose vision for their family extends beyond the next promotion, the new car, and the two children they "can afford."

A few years ago, I met the wife of a wealthy executive at a Detroit Tigers baseball game. After being told that I had six children, she exclaimed, "I could never afford to have that many children!"

To which I quickly responded, "I can't afford not to." Not because we're independently wealthy, we're not. But because we understand and accept the idea children are a gift from the Lord and blessed is the man whose home is full of children.

I'm glad to know that
Djerassi regrets his participation in the creation of the pill. However, the invention of the pill didn't create the problem, it merely allowed people who refused to restrain themselves a way to act upon their impulses without immediate consequences. In a moral society where purity and children are valued, there would be no price high enough to permit a young lady to sell her virginity and no market for the pill.

(HT: Crunchy Con and Principled Discovery)

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