While I laud Georgetown University President John DeGioia’s recent call to civility in light of rabid right-wing attacks on a Georgetown law student, we must not forget how uncivil the Catholic anti-contraception position is. In some parts of the world, it continues to cause more human suffering than any words Rush Limbaugh could utter. As someone who deeply values Jesus' moral message, I believe this anti-contraception belief has no foundation in scripture. It is not moral. It is not civil.
I have accompanied physicians to religiously-based clinics in Africa where mothers receive HIV retrovirals, but not birth control pills. In that chauvinistic society, she couldn’t say no to sex, nor could she say yes to condoms. She thereby couldn’t say no to passing HIV on to her children.