Wednesday, October 8, 2008

There's no space for "unwanted" in scientific terms

Photo by Lennart Nilsson. Source.

A biology lesson that traces the path of an egg cell from the ovary, down the fallopian tube, and into the uterus shows that females are wired to release an egg cell monthly in the hopes of becoming fertilized by a sperm cell, which would only find its way in the fallopian tube (where fertilization usually takes place) when sexual intercourse (the marital act) has been done. This means that when an egg cell is fertilized, then the ovulation (and preparations the female body made) was a success--a pregnancy, achieved!

Sometimes, scientific terms can put things into perspective quite clearly...after all, science aims to understand how nature works. (The best of science involves understanding the laws of nature and working with--and according to--these laws.) And here, science tells us that, when pregnancy happens, nature just did what it was meant to do. Pregnancy is a GOOD THING.

This is the problem I find in the mentality that contraceptives breed. One, it treats pregnancy like it's some kind of disease (the irony there is that to cure this particular "disease," a certain "medicine" is prescribed to make the body think it is already pregnant--that's what the pill does--so, is the cure for malaria some kooky prescription that will make the body think it already has malaria?).

Two, we suddenly find the term "unwanted" glued to the word "pregnancy." This is unfair to the babies who didn't do anything wrong at all. :-(

Three, because pregnancy is now deemed a "bad result," who is on the losing end? In the 60s feminist revolution, they thought contraceptives would be good for women because now they are "sexually liberated." But with all the things a woman has to insert (inject, ingest...) in her body, it's her body that takes the toll in the end. There's nothing liberating about having to take a pill everyday. Not to mention if one takes the pill to keep a relationship going. It's not beneficial to women at all.

Lastly, contraceptives don't make room for good relationships, let alone marriage, family, and responsible parenthood. They're all interrelated, one aspect determines the condition of the other. No wonder introducing contraceptives to society creates more problems than it solves.

4 comments:

blackshama said...

"This means that when an egg cell is fertilized, then the ovulation (and preparations the female body made) was a success--a pregnancy, achieved!"

Not necessarily. A successful pregnancy requires successful implantation and until the offspring is born.

"Sometimes, scientific terms can put things into perspective quite clearly...after all, science aims to understand how nature works. (The best of science involves understanding the laws of nature and working with--and according to--these laws.) And here, science tells us that, when pregnancy happens, nature just did what it was meant to do."

It isn't a good idea to put a teleology to science if we are just concerned about how nature works.

"Pregnancy is a good thing."

I agree but that is beyond what science can say. Also science doesn't deal with "unwanted".That belongs to ethics.

petrufied said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog, blackshama! I appreciate your comments.

I just wanted to point out that in the way of nature, as explained by science (which is objective), a pregnancy after sex means something has gone right. It's only the contraceptive mindset/attitude that makes it seem otherwise. D:

Manny said...

Quite a valid point, Petrufied! Science shows that sex and reproduction go together.

It is therefore truly sad that some human beings, in their selfishness, are trying so hard to separate the two. When reproduction is no longer part of sex, then sex itself simply becomes a way of using another person, or at best a casual means of expressing with no necessary binding commitments. That is why the contraceptive mentality leads to an abortion mentalty. This is not a logical necessity, but it is nonetheless a reality.

petrufied said...

Thanks for dropping by, Manny :D

Yes, that definitely explains why contraceptives won't solve anything, most especially abortion. It's easy to think abortion won't ever happen when people are using contraceptives, but obviously, that's not what's happening in real life.