Thursday, February 26, 2009


There is an old saying, which I will rephrase aware that they are young readers under the age of 50, that states, “You don’t relieve yourself in your own well.” I would imagine that there are few people who are willing to dispute this. I would take it a step further. I would argue that it should also be a truism that one should not allow others to relieve themselves in your well either for the exact same reason.

This deep and aquatic reference is only tenable if everybody agrees that we are using the same well. It does not make any difference of you are only using “your side” of the well. Once your relief hits the watery reserve hidden beneath our feet, your relief becomes my anxiety. You may claim your right to use your side of the well as you see fit (it is, after all, on your side of the property line) but it effects me as it will you even though you prefer to deny that has any real and lasting impact on either of us.

Such is the trouble with the assertion of a recent Letter to the Editor in the Akron Beacon Journal. To quote the author asserts, “I am so sick and tired of hearing these people who don’t have a life of trying to tell women what they should or shouldn’t do concerning an abortion. This is a personal decision and is nobody’s business.”

This is a phrase often thrown out as a truism that is expected to be taken as obvious as the ones mentioned above. But I would caution the person on the other end of the argument from letting it pass. Here is truism that is not really all that clear. Is it true that this effects the woman and nobody else? Is it true that her decision to abort really has no effect on my side of the well? Can she keep her relief on her side of the water?

I think it would be much easier to prove that the decision to abort has a poisonous effect on society as a whole as a person’s personal decision to smoke has an effect on others in the room. It may not be as easy to quantify but it is still there.

I do wish the contraceptives and abortion worked for the betterment of society. I do! It would make my life a whole lot easier. I could say that, well, true the Church teaches this way but you know, it works, it does not effect me or society as a whole, and so knock your socks off. But I can’t. Hidden away behind all of the hype are the statistical conveniently ignored or maliciously obfuscated.

So how does that effect society as a whole? Look at our art, our movies, televisions, computers, billboards. See what is taught and reinforced in our schools. Aid from governments being held hostage to their direct intervention in family life. More and more woman treated as objects to be used and then set aside. Far from curing the problem of single parent households or youth parenting we have an explosion of it. This effects every fiber of our society. We are not islands. Our actions are not as private as we would like to believe. Just because the well is unseen or you wish not to believe it does not mean that what you pour into it is not having negative consequences for the people around you. It merely means you no longer have to deal with it. We all will have to. And not in the most pleasant of ways.


4evergapeach said...

Very well put, but I'm afraid those that are stuck in their opinion aren't going to see it. God bless

ck said...

Actually, contraception is causing us to literally pee in our own wells.

The estrogen in birth control pills remains in urine, remains after water treatment, and is dumped into our rivers.

In 2005, University of Colorado scientists found that the estrogen in the water in Boulder Creek was turning the fish disproportionably female (101 female, 12 male, and 10 with both male and female characteristics). University of Pittsburgh found the same thing in the Allegheny River. The UK Environment Agency found that of 1,500 fish at 50 river sites more than a third of males also displayed female characteristics. The Canadian Rivers Institute found that estrogen can wipe out entire populations of small fish, which in turn threatens the population of larger fish that people need for food.

And the fish are giving the hormones back to us. Scientific American has an article on how the contaminated fish cause breast cancer cells to grow. The World Health Organization warned of this when it reclassified estrogen-progesterone birth-control pills as Group I carcinogens in 2005, but this information seems to get ignored.

Adoro said...

What CK said, exactly, but she said it better!

Anonymous said...

Dear Father, John Donne comes to mind: "No man is an island entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent. A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less....Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind." [With apologies to the feminists who want to be men but don't want to be called men.] Fabulous post. Thanks so much.

CK: Thanks also. I've heard this information before. In addition to contraceptives polluting the ground water, other medications are having the same effect (have a nice glass of Prozac-laced water when you take your Prozac).

Unknown Soldier said...

You better post my comment!

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