Monday, February 13, 2012

Viagra vs. The Pill? Apples and Oranges

I heard a caller ask a host on the Catholic Channel on Sirius Radio today why the Church is against birth control but allows Viagra. I then saw an article on NPR saying that they had gotten many emails asking the same question.

 I was shocked, frankly, at the ignorance that lay behind these queries.

Viagra is not an abortifacient, plain and simple. Using Viagra does not in any way risk the early abortion of an unborn child.  Further, Viagra does not artificially prevent conception.

I couldn't help but wonder if these questioners knew what Viagra was for.

4 comments:

RAnn said...

The basic thought behind these inquiries is that bcps allow women to have sex when they want to; viagra allows men to have sex when they want to, ergo they are similar. The idea that sex is supposed to be part of a faithful marriage relationship is just too old fashioned for words. Unfortunately.

Dymphna said...

One thing this mandate is doing is opening up conversation and allowing us an opportunity to articulate the Church's real position on birth control. It sounds as though it is sorely needed in today's society.

Dianna@KennedyAdventures said...

I'm surprised that Viagra caused any kind of confusion/discussion. It allows men to have an erection, and participate in the marital act. It does nothing to prevent conception, and certainly does not cause a created fetus to be expelled.

Dymphna said...

That was my thought, Diane. I think it shows a lack of understanding of Church teaching.

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