1.09.2009

Birth-control pill linked to male infertility

Catholic News Service reports:
The birth-control pill is causing "devastating" environmental damage and plays a role in rising male infertility rates, said the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

"We have sufficient evidence to argue that one of the considerable factors contributing to male infertility in the West -- with its ever decreasing numbers of spermatozoa in men -- is environmental pollution caused by the byproducts of the pill" released in human waste, the article said.

Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, president of the Vatican-based World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, wrote the article that appeared in the paper's Jan. 4 edition.
In another article, also linked in the post below about Djerassi, we read:
...the Spanish doctor pointed to the Federation's recent document commemorating the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, which "irrefutably shows that the most widely used anti-ovulatory pill in the industrialised world, the one made with low doses of estrogen and progesterone, in many cases works with an anti-implantation effect; that is, abortifacient [effect], because it expels a small human embryo.

Castellvi also pointed out that "this anti-implantation effect is acknowledged in scientific literature, which shamelessly speaks of an embryo loss rate. Curiously, however, this information does not reach the public at large."
I can't find the original source article in L'Osservatore Romano, so if anyone has a link, please post it in the comments.

1 comment:

GL said...

Erich,

I don't have a link to that report, but this relates to a post I made last month at

http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2008/12/what-i-do-with-my-body-doesnt-effect.html

There are a number of scientists, many secular, who are concerned about this, but, strangely, you hear little, if anything, about it in the mainstream press. One has to wonder why. I think we know why.