For several minutes, a CPC employee told horror stories about the dangers of being on birth control, saying she typically tries to talk women out of using it. She likened birth control to “tremendous dosages of steroids,” and belittled her patient for opting to flood her body with artificial hormones. “You really want that stuff inside of you? You have a brain, think and choose here,” she said. “Any of that stuff is just not good for you…”
The CPC employee falsely asserted that condoms and birth control pills are about equally effective at preventing pregnancy, and claimed that using condoms doesn’t actually prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections. “They’re naturally porous — there’s always a chance of them breaking, a chance of spillage,” she said. “The only safe sex is no sex.”
Others have already commented on this story, but I just want to add that this is one more cost of religion: it leads people who would like to be good, honest folk into wholesale lying and deception. I’m sure that this woman was volunteering at the CPC out of a sincere desire to be helpful and to do good. Unfortunately, because of her religion, what she’s actually doing is evil and harmful.
Nor is this exceptional behavior. Religion drives a lot of people to do the same thing, despite their well-intended but ill-informed motives. Women themselves are actively promoting a society that enslaves women, deprives them of their right to make their own choices, and makes them feel guilty for being female—because their religion teaches them that that’s the way things should be. They never stop to question whether their religion is right, nor do they ask why, if it were true, would they need to tell lies in order to promote it. It just is. You don’t think about it, you don’t look for anything better, you just blindly obey and try to enslave others as well.