Monday, 28 February 2011

Sex, relationships and abortion: moving beyond individualistic secularism

There is a useful contribution on the abortion debate today on The Punch by Joel Hodge. 

The article tackles the myths that sex education and contraception can help reduce the number of abortions -  pointing out that in fact the opposite may well occur.

And points to one of the key roots of the problem, in the separation of sex from concepts of relationships and reproduction.

We repeatedly see the results of a culture that promotes individual pleasure at the expense of all else - in porn, child abuse, and much more.

Tackling the issue at its cultural roots is important. 

1 comment:

PM said...

This won't be easy, however. Although for some strange reason the pro-life movement often ends up in political lock-step with the political right, aren't individualistic secularism and the culture that promotes individual pleasure at the expense of all else the fruits of capitalism? I recommned an excelletn piece by Margaret Atkins on the Second Spring website, 'Temperateness: The Forgotten Virtue', in which she argues that we have such prolems with sex because our whole culture is addictive and based onthe cultivation of limitless desire.