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Birth control pill creator regrets population decline
ChristianTelegraph ^

Posted on 09/27/2009 8:38:35 AM PDT by Bushwacker777

" chemist who led to the invention of the birth control pill says he regrets the demographic catastrophe that has resulted from people using the contraceptive device to separate reproduction from sexuality, reports Baptist Press.

Carl Djerassi, the 85-year-old Austrian chemist who was one of three whose formulation of synthetic hormones paved the way for the pill, wrote an opinion piece in the Austrian newspaper Der Standard lamenting the way the pill has been used.

Austria's population now includes more people over age 65 than under 15, and Djerassi said the country soon will face an "impossible situation" as the working class becomes too small to support the needs of senior citizens. Each family in Austria needs to produce three children to maintain population levels, he said, but on average couples have 1.4 children.

The fall in the birth rate in European countries, he said, is an epidemic far worse than obesity, but it receives less attention."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: articledate02082009; austria; birthcontrol; chemists; contraceptives; deathofthewest; djerassi; europe; omitteddate; regret; repost; seniors

1 posted on 09/27/2009 8:38:35 AM PDT by Bushwacker777
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To: Bushwacker777

Austria’s population now includes more people over age 65 than under 15.
Note to self if I invenet something what will be the end result?


2 posted on 09/27/2009 8:44:37 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Bushwacker777

it receives NO attention because that is what the elites want.


3 posted on 09/27/2009 8:45:51 AM PDT by television is just wrong (one bad ass mistake America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Vaduz
Yup.....Whoever invented the wheel....caused the beginning of global warming.

So who did invent the wheel??

I know...Some kid rolling a rock down the hill at his "buddy". But he wanted better control....and invented the little red wagon....

4 posted on 09/27/2009 8:54:43 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Bushwacker777
Just wait till the results start pouring in over what China has done. One child per family and most are males because they killed or aborted the females.

So... now we have a social disfunction with a bunch of males without female partners. Not to mention they have largest standing army in the world, and all of them are pissed!

5 posted on 09/27/2009 8:57:15 AM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: unixfox

That is a very, very bad combination...


6 posted on 09/27/2009 9:04:08 AM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable, and unambiguous clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: Bushwacker777

The problem is NOW the crap is in the drinking water and that has to cause long term problems.


7 posted on 09/27/2009 9:09:56 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Cheetahcat

I can hear PETA and enviro whackos complaining of salmon without eggs.


8 posted on 09/27/2009 9:22:55 AM PDT by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: Bushwacker777
A little late for regrets now Carl, too bad you didn't invent a pill that would eradicate the mental illness known as LIBERALISM.
9 posted on 09/27/2009 9:26:49 AM PDT by mkjessup (0bama has even LESS experience than that idiot Jimmy Carter. How do YOU think this will turn out?)
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To: JudgemAll

“I can hear PETA and enviro whackos complaining of salmon without eggs.”

That will be next in the Lefty list.


10 posted on 09/27/2009 9:48:49 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Bushwacker777
a case of unintended consequences....or a liberal mind that couldn't logically connect the dots.....
11 posted on 09/27/2009 9:52:53 AM PDT by thinking
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To: Bushwacker777

I thought the world was OVER-POPULATED....


12 posted on 09/27/2009 9:53:58 AM PDT by traumer
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To: Vaduz

Just let in a few million Muslims. Everything will be fine!


13 posted on 09/27/2009 9:54:06 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: unixfox

“they have largest standing army in the world...” INDEED


14 posted on 09/27/2009 9:55:37 AM PDT by traumer
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To: television is just wrong

Wasn’t the idea behind the pill that people would have sex without fear of pregnancy? Isn’t that what these guys were trying to invent, a pill that surpressed ovulation so that pregnancy would be surpressed?

Is he surprised/sad that too many people wanted to have fewer children than they would have had?

Yep this does show unintended consequences doesn’t it? Maybe they thought people would try to schedule pregnancies with the pill, not permanently reduce the number of children.


15 posted on 09/27/2009 10:02:47 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Bushwacker777

I am old enough to remember when Pope Paul VI released his encyclical, “Humanae Vitae”. He was castigated and ridiculed when he said the wide-spread use of birth control would result in social pathologies, selfishness, promiscuity, increased transmission of STD’s, and eventually the acceptance of all sorts of previously abhorent sexual preversions and of abortion on demand. The separation of the sex act from procreation was against natural law, he stated.

Boy, was he laughed at. He was called all sorts of names, and told to shut up since he was a celibate man.

He was right! Of course, I will never expect anyone, espciallly on the left, to admit he was right.


16 posted on 09/27/2009 10:43:08 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Bushwacker777

bump


17 posted on 09/27/2009 10:48:39 AM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: Bushwacker777
"Not all birth control is contraception, for some technologies and methods do not prevent the sperm from fertilizing the egg, but instead prevent the fertilized egg from successfully implanting itself in the lining of the womb," he said. "Such methods involve nothing less than an early abortion. This is true of all IUDs and some hormonal technologies. A raging debate now surrounds the question of whether at least some forms of the Pill may also work through abortifacient effect, rather than preventing ovulation."

A baby nonetheless.

18 posted on 09/27/2009 10:52:05 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Bushwacker777

I just went and saw Bruce Willis’s new film about surrogates. It illustrates that humans all too often make the wrong choices when it comes to using technology. The wake of the Pill is a perfect illustration that we should work on improving ourselves and our humanity and stop messing with the natural order of things.


19 posted on 09/27/2009 11:03:13 AM PDT by Melian ("In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned." Twain)
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To: Bushwacker777

Wide utilization of the pill and other Western medical technology designed to reduce local populations in developed countries while humans in 3rd world countries continued to breed like rabbits while we sustained their populations as best we could with the same advanced medical technology was in effect the institution of demographic unilateral disarmament. The developed world will now reap the unintended consequences that always follow when you unilaterally disarm against an opponent that has no such intention.


20 posted on 09/27/2009 11:37:01 AM PDT by MCH
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To: Bushwacker777
Djerassi's opinion on his creation, in 1999

MILLENNIUM JURY: There are always moral dimensions to scientific discoveries, Carl Djerassi, inventor of The Pill, tells Christian Tyler [1999]

I asked him: If you knew then what you know now about the effects of the Pill, would you have said 'I think we'll give this one a miss'?

"Absolutely not. I would do exactly the same again." As for the side-effects, he said, it was a case of Catch 22: the only way to test its long-term safety was to let women take it for years. His regret is that research into contraception has dried up, denying women a wider choice of methods.

And its effect on the sexual revolution?

"I would say it's a grey issue. It's simplistic to say the Pill caused it. There was rock and roll culture, and the rest of it.


21 posted on 09/27/2009 11:45:17 AM PDT by syriacus (Obama wants to "monologue" with us -- 24/7.)
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To: syriacus
Djerassi said, in 2000
'I would be in favour of the Pill being available without prescription. There is no medical reason why not. For healthy young women, oral contraceptives are of such low risk now I would make the case that they should be available over the counter.'

22 posted on 09/27/2009 11:50:00 AM PDT by syriacus (Obama wants to "monologue" with us -- 24/7.)
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To: syriacus
Forgot to provide the source for Djerassi's 2000 comment

I would be in favour of the Pill being available without prescription

23 posted on 09/27/2009 11:51:56 AM PDT by syriacus (Obama wants to "monologue" with us -- 24/7.)
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To: Bushwacker777

Like so many today, he was so busy figuring out if it could be done that he did not take the time to think if it should be done.


24 posted on 09/27/2009 11:56:48 AM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: syriacus
Pill inventor slams ... pill [Catholic News, Jan. 2009]
25 posted on 09/27/2009 11:59:12 AM PDT by syriacus (Obama wants to "monologue" with us -- 24/7.)
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To: Bushwacker777
There are plenty of people on the planet now. A lowering of the population isn't a bad thing. The actual problem is that the population isn't going down across the board - developed nations where the population is stabilizing or going down are allowing themselves to be flooded by the refuges of third-world countries where the populations are not stable.

That's the problem.

26 posted on 09/27/2009 12:25:38 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: Bushwacker777

Birth Control pills were not invented by this man ,, they were created in China about 2000 years ago using condensed (boiled/dried/powdered) urine from “male” public toilets turning it into pills using common clay to hold the powder rolled into pill form.

Likewise the IUD dates to Roman times .. small smooth pebbles were packed into the womans uterus through a hollow reed... just as today it sometimes failed .. probably the origin of the phrase “rocks in your head”.


27 posted on 09/27/2009 1:45:15 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Bushwacker777

Funny how that works out.


28 posted on 09/27/2009 3:14:13 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: Bushwacker777

He may have some regrets, that’s understandable. But look, he invented a tool. He moved human knowledge ahead and inspired much further research. The real fruit of human hormone research will be coming within most of our lifetimes, I think, and it will be good. His work was critical to it.

He should be happy with his work, it was a blessing to all — even if it was disruptive, that was not his account.


29 posted on 09/27/2009 3:18:04 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Neidermeyer

Interesting history, but false. Things are constantly invented. By people in various places in various times — as Solomon said, there’s nothing new under the sun. But give the man his due — he did apply his time and energy and it produced a good fruit.


30 posted on 09/27/2009 3:20:12 PM PDT by bvw
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To: bvw
it was a blessing to all

Except for the babies who ended up being aborted as a result of it or the women who suffered from the adverse side effects; stroke, heart attack, cancer, etc.

If you characterize that as a blessing you have your head up your dirt chute.

31 posted on 09/27/2009 4:37:56 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Bushwacker777
Pill creator regrets population decline
32 posted on 09/27/2009 4:39:45 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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