This article is a follow up to the article: The Greater Peril: The Loss of Religious Freedom or the Loss of Religion?
In 1960 the American culture and the Catholic Church in America was not ready for the sudden appearance of “the Pill” and miscalculated its long term effect on women and society. First sold as a cure of menses disorders in women the pill’s use as a contraceptive grew rapidly as documented in the PBS film, The Pill. Within a coupe of years half the women in the nation of child bearing years were ‘on the pill’, not fully understanding, morally and factually, what lasting consequences contraceptives would have in their lives and relationships. Many of the unexpected consequences brought on by the pill and other contraceptives have now become more apparent since Pope Paul VI in 1968 foresaw in the Encyclical, “Of Human Life” , the grave moral and social disorders which contraception would usher into our lives. By then, however, a culture of personal morality under the guise of the ‘rights of privacy’ were established by the Supreme Court in 1992 in Planned Parenthood v Casey which ruled that “individual liberty” includes an individual’s right “to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”