The human argument about birth control

The birth control is not a modern phenomenon. Although just recently it has been more freely discussed then ever before, which has made some people think that it is a modern notion, doctors and scientists tell us that there are evidences of a conscious effort to prevent the conception of children even at the time of the Romans, and various documentary proofs of it are available in almost every age. It is also a well-known fact that in every country of the world, in villages as well as in towns, where the people are literate as well as, where they are illiterate, there is evidence that secretly a few primitive secrets of birth control are known.

We are therefore driven to the conclusion that in spite of many arguments that may be leveled against it human beings do try to control the numbers in their families. If you ask a doctor what the arguments are for and against birth control, you will find that in perhaps more than 90% of cases the doctor will favor it.

Some woman due to physical disability or weakness cannot risk having another baby without grave danger to their lives and no conscientious doctor will in that case refuse the necessary knowledge. If a woman has two or three babies in quick succession and the quick coming of yet another baby threatens to weaken her unduly or cause the new child to be an ailing one, there is also a medical reason why the knowledge of birth control should not be withheld.

Man is a rational being and likes to think that it is by this power of rationality, of thinking, of judging, of acting, in the way that he wills that he is distinguished from the lower animals. It is only natural therefore that a rational man and wife should consider that they prefer to have a limited number of babies whom they are able to bring up and educate in the way they desire, rather than a large number of babies who arrive whether they wish it or not. A desire for birth control does not mean that there is a dislike of children, or that they are regarded as burdens. Birth control does not mean (no babies). It just means better babies. It does not mean (no motherhood) but it means conscious, deliberate willing motherhood instead. It should be every woman’s birth right to have healthy babies, when and how she wants them; no woman should be just a machine for producing babies. The tragedy of frequent child birth is to be seen very often in Indo-pak subcontinent with its companions of early old age, ailing woman, high infantile mortality and the like.

By Rehana khan(111/10)


One Response to “The human argument about birth control”

  1. Betina says:

    Useful knowledge! I have been hunting for something like this for quite a while now. Thanks for your insight!

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