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what 'preventive medicine' prevents

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 01, 2010

Thanks to ObamaCare, all American taxpayers will soon be paying for contraceptives, whether they use them or not. Contraception, you see, is a method of avoiding a serious illness.

That’s not a terribly flattering way to be described, is it? I was once a serious illness. You were, too.

"There is clear and incontrovertible evidence that family planning saves lives and improves health," said obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. David Grimes, an international family planning expert who teaches medicine at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Grimes is not counting the lives lost to abortifacient contraceptives. He continues: "Spacing out children allows for optimal pregnancies and optimal child rearing. Contraception is a prototype of preventive medicine."

Again, not very flattering, especially to children whose arrival was a “happy surprise” for Mom and Dad. Preventive medicine would have forestalled those births. And what is it that “preventive medicine” prevents? Disease. Therefore if you are an unplanned child, you are a disease. At the very least, you’re not “optimal.” In Lake Woebegone all the children are above average; in post-Obama America, all the children will be optimal.

But U.S. Catholic bishops say pregnancy is a healthy condition, not an illness.

Can you imagine?! When a radiant young bride explains the reason for her thickening waistline, those nasty Catholic bishops don’t have the common decency to say: “Oh, I’m so sorry, my dear! I wish we could have done something to prevent this.”

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  • Posted by: impossible - Nov. 03, 2010 10:52 AM ET USA

    To restore morality and culture, it’s essential that all Bishops/Priests regularly teach/preach sermons and "fit their homilies" about the grievous sins of abortion, artificial contraception, in-vitro-fertilization (masturbation), embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia and homosexual actions. Teaching the truth, even if it "hurts," is the Bishop's primary duty - and the duty of priests. It might change the “Catholic vote” into a Catholic vote by 2012 in all states, especially the “Red” ones.

  • Posted by: usalis549414 - Nov. 01, 2010 5:02 PM ET USA

    Gee, if having four children instead of five makes you healthier, and three children instead of four makes you even more healthier, and so on, then for the good health of the entire human race, we should contracept and abort all children, and in no time at all we'll be the healthiest extinct species on the planet!

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