I may or may not have brought this up in the past. I don't know, but I find myself thinking about this a lot lately. What would it take to break contraception's death-grip on our culture?
What we've got so far is evidence that contraception can double the risk of HIV infection, cause weird mutations in fish once it gets in the water, increase breast cancer risks, pollute water enough to cause higher levels of prostate cancer, and, of course, cause abortions. And then there's Paul VI's warnings. I'm probably missing a few things here, so feel free to add stuff in the comment box.
Granted, one can argue about how much evidence there is for each of these items, but it's not like all these people are part of some massive papist conspiracy to keep women barefoot and pregnant. My question is whether it would matter if all these things had been proven by the most ironclad evidence possible. Would people stop contracepting? Or have we, as a society, become so allergic to the notion of life and children that we would simply embrace the culture of death even harder?
If there was another practice that was linked to so many different environmental and health factors, wouldn't there already be calls from Congress to have it banned or at least studied in greater detail?
If we accept that people wouldn't stop chemical contraception even if it meant higher cancer rates, bizarre wildlife deformations, and abortions, what do you think would make them stop? Even if you are 100% convinced that the pill has no negative effects, feel free to participate in this thought experiment. Barring grace or instantaneous death, I'm not sure there is anything that would do the trick.