The cost of contraception...

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(w/thanks to David C.) We're so hip and smart, and we're willing to pay the price. It's stupid to just keep popping out babies, as many and as fast as you can. That's what the fundies do. Not us. We're Reformed Christians thinking with our most excellent large brains. We read and study and get degrees. Accomplishing those things takes lots of money, energy, and time. No woman popping out babies as fast as she can has the money or energy or time to get educated herself, let alone provide her children an education sufficient to commend the Reformed faith to the chattering class.

Our big Reformed brains and egos require birth control to keep the whole shebang bright side up. Imagine a hip Reformed church planter featuring a pic of his fat happy wife in the midst of her brood of ten children on his church plant's web site. You can't sell Jesus with pics of fat women surrounded by hordes of children.

Kellerites don't use fecundity as a sales tool...

Broods of children don't go well with that Redeemer/RUF urban, boho, lassitudinous hipster schtick. No reasonable person who had even a smidgen of sensitivity to the reputation of Jesus Christ among those who hang out at Powell's would ever discourage Christian mothers from using the Pill. Who cares about God's commands to be fruitful and multiply.

But breast cancer? You bet we care about that! We're sensitive men and we take the wellbeing of women very seriously.

These thoughts upon reading of the results of another study linking contraception with breast cancer. The summary:

What they found was that there was an overall 50% increase in the risk of breast cancer in women who had used any oral contraceptive in the last year. This risk was independent of family history. ...the larger the estrogen component of the contraceptive, the greater the increased risk.

...Breast cancer in women between the ages of 20 and 49 is very different than breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Younger women usually have a more aggressive form of breast cancer that is less responsive to therapy. ...Urging young women to avoid hormonal contraceptives seems to be a reasonable step to fight this disease.

Therefore, it is surprising to hear the lead investigator of this study downplaying the significance of their findings. Dr. Elisabeth Beaber of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington states: "Given that these results have not yet been replicated and the importance of assessing both the benefits and risks of oral contraceptive use, we cannot make any clinical recommendations based on results from this single study."

...What benefits could possibly outweigh this risk? Decreased acne? Less menstrual cramping? Lighter periods?

To tell the truth, it's the terror of childbearing that drives Christians to use the Pill.

Did you get that? The terror of children.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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