Tonight, I was flipping through the channels and happened upon a show on EWTN called “Contraception: Why Not?” It was a lecture given by a Catholic woman who believes that birth control is a sin, because, among other reasons, it takes away one of the main purposes of sex–procreation, and it ignores God’s will.
The show raised a question with me. I have endometriosis, which is a hideously painful gynecological condition. Thus far, Depro-Prevera has been a successful treatment for me. However, I am a married woman, and Depro-Prevera is primarily a birth control medication. Would Catholics consider my taking it to be a sin?
Part of me thinks that they probably would, because I could go without it. I’d just be in unspeakable agony for a day or so every month-- my condition is not life-threatening. But what about a woman who could die if she became pregnant?
Are there any medical exceptions to the birth control rules in Catholic doctrine?