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Elizabeth Schiavone's op-ed column on the Catholic Church and contraception: A Heart Changed.

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Date published: 2/24/2013

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To this day, we are a close family and make sure we spend Christmas and holidays together. Though I face challenges, I know that I am blessed, not least of all with family. I know that this joy is linked with the proper, natural understanding of parenthood and the openness to life that the Church's teaching on contraception and family has provided me. At one point in my life I was on the pill, but I grew to understand that I, my family, and my marriage deserved better.

Perhaps because I am a convert, I am viewed as an analyzer of the faith. I transitioned gradually from "being involved" to "being committed." Are we committed that women deserve better than the pill, to helping our friends and family understand why the contraceptive mentality is unhealthy, unfulfilling, and wrong?

Most people are unaware that all Christian churches once taught that contraception was wrong. That was until 1930, when the Anglican Church, during its Seventh Lambeth Conference, approved contraception in limited circumstances. Other Christian churches would follow. Today, there are Anglican Churches entering in union with the Roman Catholic Church and returning to traditional teaching on contraception, seeing the damage it does to families and individual lives.

BIRTH CONTROL DANGERS

Experts can point to unlimited, mass distribution of birth control and its correlation to sexual promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, divorce, abortion, and the increase of out-of-wedlock births. The pill, or birth control, was supposed to improve marriages and reduce unwanted pregnancies (to say nothing of its advocates' concerns for population control). The opposite has happened.

According to the CDC's 2011 STD Trends Report, STDs are at epidemic proportion, with 19 million new cases yearly. In 2005, the World Health Organization classified the birth control pill as a Group I carcinogen. However, little is printed or told to woman and teens before prescribing the pill. This information should be provided to health-conscious females who take vitamins, exercise routinely and eat a healthy diet, but take the pill as well.


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A HEART CHANGED: THE GIFT OF FAMILY AND PARENTHOOD

Elizabeth "Liz" Schiavone is president of the Arlington Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. She is a resident of Herndon.