“Planned” Has Nothing To Do With Human Rights

A baby is a baby is a baby…”planned” or not.

In fact, babies should not be “planned” because when they are “planned”, they normally don’t come or if they do, they’re not welcome.

4 thoughts on ““Planned” Has Nothing To Do With Human Rights

  1. Disagree.

    We can and should plan our families. Humanae Vitae is clear on this.

    “In relation to the biological processes, responsible parenthood means the knowledge and respect of their functions; human intellect discovers in the power of giving life biological laws which are part of the human person.[9]

    In relation to the tendencies of instinct or passion, responsible parenthood means that necessary dominion which reason and will must exercise over them.

    In relation to physical, economic, psychological and social conditions, responsible parenthood is exercised, either by the deliberate and generous decision to raise a numerous family, or by the decision, made for grave motives and with due respect for the moral law, to avoid for the time being, or even for an indeterminate period, a new birth.”

  2. I don’t like the use of the word “planned”, Dave. I’m not saying a couple cannot use their wisdom in these things, but being “planned” is so mechanical.

  3. “Planned” is not just mechanical, it is utilitarian. Buildings, machines, vacations are planned because these are objects.

    Human beings are subjects, each of us an end in itself, not a means to an end, and therefore, it is not appropriate to “plan” for the existence (or non-existence) of a human being.

    As described in Humana Vitae, one can, in a manner which respects the moral law, avoid conceiving a child, but all the while, it must be acknowledged that God is Lord over all life.

    To paraphrase Psalm 2: Man plans, God laughs…

  4. Pope Paul advised us to purposefully make the decision to expand or maintain the family size using our knowledge of biological laws. In essence, that is planning.

    We don’t like the phrase “family planning” because it has been expropriated by bodies such as Planned Parenthood whose main focus is the prevention of birth (planned barrenhood) by unnatural means, especially foeticide. We should reclaim and rehabilitate the phrase. This would also highlight the dishonesty of Planned Parenthood in its choice of name.

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