Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Bitter Pill

The following is excerpted from an article posted today on Cath News (linked through Spirit Daily), detailing the regrets publicly voiced by the co-inventor of modern oral contraceptives, 85 year old Austrian chemist Carl Djerassi:

"The Austrian chemist was one of three whose formulation of the synthetic progesterone Norethisterone marked a key step toward the earliest oral contraceptive pill.

Djerassi outlined the "horror scenario" that occurred because of the population imbalance, for which his invention was partly to blame. He said that in most of Europe there was now "no connection at all between sexuality and reproduction." He said: "This divide in Catholic Austria, a country which has on average 1.4 children per family, is now complete."

He described families who had decided against reproduction as "wanting to enjoy their schnitzels while leaving the rest of the world to get on with it."

The rest of the article is fascinating, and includes commentary by Austria's Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, along with medical experts and Church officials.

For the full text of the article, see CathNews

For another great follow up, see CatholicNewsAgency

Can't imagine we'll be seeing much coverage on CNN...

1 comment:

  1. Great article- and no, of course it won't be on CNN or any other mainstream outlet.

    Demographic winter: the unseen snake in the grass. Ugh!

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