Saturday, 17 December 2011

Give Nuns The Pill

Remember my recent post about intellectuals falling into the stupidity trap. Well here we go again. You should make sure you are sitting down: “The Catholic Church should supply nuns with the oral contraceptive pill to reduce their higher risk of ovarian and uterine cancer, Australian researchers say.[i]

According to two Australian researchers, Kaya Britt and Roger Short, women who do not have children have a greater risk of developing breast and endometrial cancer. They apparently studied about 31,000 American nuns and found that there was double the risk of them dying from breast, ovarian and uterine cancer, after the age of 80, when compared to women who have had children.

Why is this the case? Well, it is apparently the higher number of menstrual cycles that contributes to the higher risk of these cancers. Nuns, obviously, have more menstrual cycles in their lifetime compared to pregnant women who stop having a menstrual cycle each time they are pregnant.

The contraceptive pill has apparently been shown to reduce the risk of these cancers. The conclusion that our two intellectuals arrived at was that, since the nuns are having so many more menstrual cycles, the Catholic Church should therefore supply their nuns with the oral contraceptive pill.

Makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Well, actually, not really!

The Church does not see it as unlawful for a nun to take the contraceptive pill for therapeutic reasons. However, this is obviously a personal matter between each nun and her personal doctor. To honestly suggest that the Catholic Church should do so is, in my opinion, an incredibly stupid suggestion! I mean really. What kind of intellectuals are these? Imagine the uproar if the Church was to start dictating healthcare treatment for their nuns.

The one thing these intellectuals seem to have however completely overlooked, is the point that women who have children, have a 50% lower risk of dying from breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. This is because they have less menstrual cycles in their lifetime because of the time spent pregnant. 

It therefore seems perfectly logical to me that the argument should be made that married women should not be given contraceptives. Instead, married women should be encouraged, like the Catholic Church already does, to have as many children as they possible can. The more that they are pregnant the more they will drastically reduce the number of menstrual cycles during their lifetime. Therefore making a significant contribution to preventing them from dying from breast, ovarian and uterine cancer.

What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. They should try visiting the old age homes for nuns. How did all these wonderful woman manage to survive so long through threi prime of life, at an age when the pill was not around?