LETTERS: by Dr Les HemingwayNews Weekly
Forgetting the golden rule (letter)
, November 15, 2003
I do general practice locum work in various parts of Australia.
In that work I meet relatively few people of child bearing age who do not use contraception, in one form or another, and I meet very few doctors who refuse to cooperate with this activity.
This makes me wonder how far modern society will travel down the contraceptive path, before realising that it is a dead-end street.
The golden rule: "Always treat others as you would like them to treat you" (Matthew 7:12) is an essential prerequisite for a civilised society.
It promotes the consideration for others which oils the wheels of industry and helps society to function smoothly for the benefit of all.
Couple use contraception so they can enjoy themselves while excluding any third party who may otherwise intrude.
This is self-centred behaviour which must act against observance of the golden rule.
But that is not contraception's only contribution to the "me" generation.
Contraception is used so sexual activity will not be complicated by unwanted pregnancies.
This attitude easily spread from preventing pregnancy to terminating pregnancies which have already begun, as shown by the current enthusiasm for "morning after" pills.
These are taken to expel a baby who may have been conceived before he or she get a "foot in the door" through implanting the uterus.
And, of course, if contraception and "morning after" pills fail, back up is available from a friendly neighbourhood abortionist.
There could be few actions more selfish than abortion. Abortion is a recipe for social disharmony and Australia has too much of that already.
Litigation and insurance costs place sporting events and even essential medical services at risk.
Unemployment and poverty are far too prevalent, pollution, salinity and other environmental problems exist and around 40 percent of marriages end in divorce.
These problems will only be overcome through widespread consideration for others and a willingness to work together for the common good
They can only worsen if contraception and abortion continue at their present rates.Dr Les Hemingway