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ABSTRACTHooked Home About Advertise Contact Support A Voice for the Faithful Catholic Laity Get Crisis in your Inbox Daily Headlines Best of the Week Politics Business Church Art & Culture Catholic Living Features The Civilized Reader The Standard Bearers Books March 12, 2012 Hooked by Dale O'Leary W hen the Obama administration made the decision not to exempt Catholic hospitals and universities from the mandate to provide insured employees with contraceptives, morning after pills, and sterilization without a co-pay, one of those consulted was Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood. Richards obviously has a special interest in having contraception covered, since dispensing contraception is a major part of their business model. It may be ‘free’ to the woman, but Planned Parenthood will be paid for providing the service. While those who support the right to life regard any collaboration with America’s largest abortion provider as irredeemable, stained with the blood of millions of aborted babies, the administration appears to view Planned Parenthood as an authority on women’s health issues. The opponents of the mandate insist that their objection is centered on the mandate’s violation of Constitutional protection of freedom of religion; those defending the mandate argue that it will protect women’s health. While the Church would oppose the mandate even if it had no negative health consequences, there is ample evidence that giving unmarried women free contraception encourages them to engage in sexual relations with one or more partners. Besides exposing these women to sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy, each sexual relationship which does not lead to marriage, breaks up and these broken relationships leave emotional scars. Those pushing contraception on unmarried women do not discuss this all too common consequence. For example, Planned Parenthood has a website designed to help teenagers decide, “Am I ready for sex?” Nowhere does the site deal with what happens when the sexual relationship a young woman decides she is ‘ready for’ ends. Rather than following Planned Parenthood’s advice, before a young woman decides to engage in sex she should ask herself, “Am I ready for how I will feel when this relationship breaks up?” Young women need to know that intimate sexual relations trigger the production of the hormone oxytocin. This hormone causes the woman to trust her partner and to feel bonded to him. This is particularly dangerous if the young man is not trustworthy and sees the relationship merely as temporary recreation. ‘Hooking up’ literally hooks the woman emotionally, and when the man walks out, the woman often finds it difficult to un-bond. This can lead to depression or even suicidal ideation. A study by the Heritage Foundation found that sexually active teenager girls are three times more likely than non-sexually active teenagers to be depressed or attempt suicide. The ‘hooked’ young woman may try to kill the pain with drugs and alcohol, or rush into another relationship, only to experience yet another rejection. There is no pill to prevent emotional bonding. Condoms don’t protect the heart. One has to ask if those pushing contraception on young unmarried women really care about these women.   Tagged as: contraception , emotional health , mandate , women The views expressed by the authors and editorial staff are not necessarily the views of Sophia Institute, Holy Spirit College, or the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. Print this    |   Share this By Dale O'Leary Dale O'Leary, internationally known lecturer and author of The Gender Agenda, One Man, One Woman and numerous articles, currently resides in Florida. Crisis Magazine relies on the generosity of our donors to keep our apostolate going. Please support our work today! More from Crisis Bogus Birth Control Controversy Umbrellas in a Tornado The Two Lists False Premises The Guttmacher Institute Redefines ‘Violence Against Women’ Cmatt Very intersting. Oxytocin is also released during the labor process to promote contraction patterns. It occurs both naturally and as augmented by injection (pitcon is the synthetic version). It also promotes bonding between the mother and newborn. Cmatt that’s pitocin. Anonymous All entirely correct, with one minor quibble: Mr. O’Leary states: The opponents of the mandate insist that their objection is centered on the mandate’s violation of Constitutional protection of freedom of religion; those defending the mandate argue that it will protect women’s health. …but some opponents of the mandate have broader objections than protection of freedom of religion, and these center on the whole ACA (“ObamaCare”), not just the HHS mandate. 1. Constitutionality: To argue that Congress has authority to enact the ObamaCare mandate of employer coverage of health insurance for employees, the commerce cla.......