|2 July 2004
Rush Limbaugh, divorce and contraception
I couldnt help
but shake my head when I heard the news. Rush
Limbaugh, famed conservative radio talk show host
who has millions of listeners and millions of
dollars, is getting another divorce. Number
three, to be exact. Aye.
been listening to Rush for several years now, and
while I dont agree with him on every issue,
I do agree with him on many. Hes pro-life,
albeit not overly outspoken about it. He
doesnt subscribe to the homosexual agenda.
And he seems to recognize the libertine nature of
the mass media.
Not too bad
for a soon-to-be thrice-divorced rugged
fact that Rush cant seem to get his marital
life in order is quite troublesome, especially
considering the multitude of liberals who now are
accusing him of hypocrisy because he has defended
the institution of marriage against the onslaught
of homosexual activism. Not that these
pro-homosexual marriage liberals have a leg to
stand on, but still
dont know what caused the break-up of
Rushs marriages, but I do think there is an
oft-overlooked, indirect factor in many broken
marriages: the use of contraception.
So does Dr.
Janet E. Smith, Chair of Life Issues at Sacred
Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In a popular and
published lecture titled Contraception: Why
Not?, Smith discusses why the divorce rate
doubled between 1965, when 25 percent of
marriages ended in divorce, and 1975, when 50
percent of marriages ended in divorcethe
same as today.
the research of social scientist Robert Michael,
as the contraceptive pill became more and more
available, divorce became more and more
popular." In fact, Michael attributed
"45 percent of this increase [in divorce] to
increased use of contraceptives." Why so?
three reasons, according to Michael. First, his
statistical data showed "that those who use
contraceptives have fewer children and have them
later in marriage
those who have the first
baby in the first two years of marriage and
another baby in the next couple years of
marriage, have a much longer lasting marriage
than those who don't." (Rush has no
observes that married couples who have children
"become better people
Michael found that "since contraceptives
have arrived on the scene, there is much more
adultery than there was before." Observes
Smith: "People have been tempted, for the
history of mankind. It's easy enough to think
about wanting to have an affair, but wanting a
child out of wedlock is another story. But if
most every woman is contracepting, then most
every woman is available in a certain sense and
there is no real reason to say no. Adultery is
absolutely devastating to marriages."
explanation, says Dr. Smith, is "that women
are financially more independent. They do have
fewer children. They do go into the work place.
And, again, when they have difficulties in the
marriage, it's much [easier] to say, Take a
walk, than it is to work it out because
they need their husband for one fewer reason than
they did before."
says that widespread pre-marital sex and
cohabitation have contributed to the increase in
divorce. Obviously, those who fornicate often use
some type of contraception, and, if that fails,
they can always have the unborn child killed
contraception hasn't made for better
marriages," concludes Smith.
consider that the divorce/separation rate for
married couples who use Natural Family Planning -
that is, periodic abstinence from sexual
intercourse is less than one in eight,
according to Dr. Brian Clowes of Human Life
married couples are either ignorant of Natural
Family Planning methods or have been duped into
using contraception by the abortion industry,
pop-culture, and not a few "mainstream"
my mind, too, that so many health-conscious
people will buy all kinds of "natural"
products so that they dont have to put
"chemicals" into their bodies, but seem
to have no qualms about using artificial and even
poisonous means of contraception. Not to mention
that most so-called contraceptives are actually
abortifacients, that is, they can and do cause an
early abortion by preventing implantation of the
living human embryo into the uterine lining.
Look, I do
realize there are many factors that can
contribute to a divorce. But I would submit that
if married couples would use Natural Family
Planning instead of contraception, far fewer of
them would end up in divorce court.
even Rush would still be married.