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Monday 12 July 2010

Blessed are the Barren and the Wombs that Never Bore

In our age when ‘barrenness’ is so celebrated, when people are congratulated for using every measure not to have children, few recall that Our Lord said as He laboured with His cross,
‘for behold, the days are coming when they will say, `Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore’, Luke 23:29.
‘Barren’ is not ‘PC’ language, but nonetheless our modern culture lovingly embraces sterility.
Two studies done, one in America and the other in Britain have a correlation in findings, both found that one in five women will stay ‘barren’ by choice.
In Britain, the stark finding is that the number of people who strive never to have kids has doubled since the 1990's. ‘Barren-ness’ is often indirectly fêted when people who use contraceptive pills, jabs or even creams are never told that these things may have dire consequences for their future ability to conceive children.
And many couples, who are not childless by choice, remain childless because the children they could have adopted have been destroyed by either early abortifacients (the Morning After Pill or the IUD) or have been surgically aborted.
Many wonderful couples who have the cross of infertility are told, ‘Come on! Count yourself as lucky that you can’t have kids!’ Couples who are hoping to adopt and who deeply lament that thousands of abortions are taking place each day are often slighted with; ‘Well just because you can give a baby a good home does not mean that women shouldn’t have the right to end an unwanted pregnancy.’

‘Blessed are the Barren’, The Social Policy of Planned Parenthood is a book published by Ignatius Press. For details of how to buy it; click here.

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