A bitter pill for Pro Life?

Posted on: 09/12/2011

The Pregnancy Advisory Service is recommending that women stock up with contraceptives, including morning after pills, for the Fertile (er, FESTIVE) Season.

This has provoked an angry outcry from Pro Life, an organisation famous purely for its wistful thinking.

Of course, in Pro Life’s ideal world, morning after pills would not be required. Captain Sensible and his Good Lady (only one, because Captain Sensible never strays), would plan their sex lives with military (missionary?) precision and precautions would be thought through well in advance, like World War 2 coastal defences.

Precautions would hardly be needed anyway, because every bout of lovemaking would, quite properly, be intended to bring forth a planned and much-wanted offspring.

The real world is of course far removed from the ideal planet wished for by Pro Life.

In the harsh, cold reality that faces all of us, sex is often recreational (though for we ladies the game unfortunately too often ends before the final whistle), plans are made on the hoof (or in the back of a car) and precautions sometimes include not giving a partner your full name.

C'est la vie.

And the outcome? Millions of unplanned pregnancies each year, leaving our schools full of children from single parent families (“Hurrah!” shout Pro Life).

We can't afford the children - or the Child Benefit.

So let's cut out the sanctimonious crap.

We do not live in an ideal world and we never will. It is flawed by the very existence of the human race.

To paraphrase a great Philosopher who noted: "I think, therefore I am."

While very deep and meaningful, a more apt quote for today (and every day) might be: "I am, therefore I multiply."

With a world population of 6000 million, multiplication has gone as far as it can. It’s time for a bit of morning after subtraction.

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