Feb 19, 2011

Birth control using iPhone?

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this Durex advertisement.

And I just couldn’t believe it that the world has gone this far. To promote the use of contraceptives, they portrayed babies as nuisance and unwanted “objects” which can be prevented by simply using contraceptives.

Advertisement like this doesn’t just market a company’s product but at the same time destroys human dignity. Indirectly, it also encourages sex before marriage and probably abortion too. When people no longer regard babies as a precious gift from God, they would never hesitate to go for abortion.

Contraception is "any action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act [sexual intercourse], or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible" (Humanae Vitae 14). This includes sterilization, condoms and other barrier methods, spermicides, coitus interruptus (withdrawal method), the Pill, and all other such methods. []
But looking at the bright side of things, this iPhone application could be a simulation to help newly wed couples experience parenthood and learn parenting skills to get them ready before a baby comes.

So let’s just pray and hope that this application would turn out to be an educational tool instead of what the creator intended it to be.

On a different note, I had the opportunity to ask an online contact who's an Indian Muslim about Islam's teachings on abortion. To my surprise, he told me that abortion is haram in Islam -- abortion is totally banned as life begins at the time of conception -- therefore abortion is synonymous to murder. This is exactly what the Catholic Church teaches. This account of his was different from what I've heard from other friends previously, that as long as the embryo has not taken (human) shape, abortion can be done.

I'm not sure which is the correct version of the Islam teaching on the subject matter, but still I thank the Lord for the non Christians who are fighting for the rights of the unborn.