The Pill causes male infertility, says the Vatican

By Simon Caldwell

The contraceptive Pill is polluting the environment and is a major cause of male infertility in the West, the Vatican has said.

It claimed there was substantial evidence available to show that the environment was being flooded with synthetic female hormones because of widespread use of oral contraceptives and the morning-after pill.

According to L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s official newspaper, the result has been a 'devastating' increase in male infertility and in the rising numbers of couples struggling to conceive children.

In Britain, an estimated one in eight couples is considered to be either infertile or sub-fertile, with people increasingly relying on in-vitro fertilisation to have a family.

Scientists acknowledge that chemicals mimicking female hormones may partly be to blame for plunging sperm counts but say they such substances originate from a wide range of sources, including pesticides, plastics, shampoos and cosmetics.

The Vatican, however, has laid the blame squarely on the contraceptive Pill and the morning-after pill, a powerful steroid drug taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse.

In the newspaper article, published with the approval of high-ranking Vatican officials, Pedro Castellvi, president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, said that the Pill 'has for some years had devastating effects on the environment by releasing tonnes of hormones into nature' through female urine.

'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,' he said.

'We are faced with a clear anti-environmental effect which demands more explanation on the part of the manufacturers.'

The article was based on a 100-page report published by the federation to mark the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the controversial1968 encyclical by Pope Paul VI that forbade married couples from using contraception.

The report, entitled 'Forty Years of Humanae Vitae From a Medical Perspective', drew on studies which have revealed the fish feeding near sewage have changed sex, and birds feeding in some river estuaries have changed developed sexual abnormalities.

It analysed scientific data on the effects of the Pill and included 300 bibliographic citations, mostly from specialised medical journals.

But its claims were dismissed by pharmaceutical organisations in Italy. Such hormones as oestrogen, which are contained in the contraceptive Pill, 'are present everywhere... in plastic, in disinfectants, in meat that we eat,' said Flavia Franconi of the Society of Italian Pharmacology.

Gianbenedetto Melis, a scientist involved in research on contraceptives, said: 'Once metabolised, the hormones contained in oral contraceptives no longer have any of the characteristic effects of feminine hormones.'

The Vatican newspaper article also raised concerns about the 'abortive' actions of the morning-after pill and some types of birth control pills.

It said that the report 'clearly demonstrates' that low-dose hormonal birth control pills work not only by preventing ovulation but also by impeding the implantation of a very young human embryo into its mother’s womb.

The report, it said, also noted that the International Agency for Research of Cancer, an agency of the World Health Organisation, reported in July 2005 that the oral preparations of combined oestrogen-progestogens common in birth control pills are classified in a group of carcinogenic agents.

'The sad thing in all this is that if it is to regulate fertility, these are not the products required,' said Castellvi.

'The natural means of regulating fertility, NFP or Natural Family Planning, are equally effective and also respect the person.'

He said: 'the means of contraception violate at least five important rights - the right to life, the right to health, the right to education, all right to information (their spread is at the expense of information on natural resources) and the right to equality between the sexes (the burden of contraception falls mostly on women)'.

You know, I wonder if the Church realizes that they are quickly becoming the laughingstock of the religious community. Between PanzerPope's speech on gays being as dangerous as deforesting the rain forests ( I am still waiting on the "gay agenda" documents so I can do my part to take over the world) and this wonderful bit of information, you have to wonder just what in the hell they are all smoking in the Vatican. I particularly like the bit about the hormones being released into the environment in women's urine. No more potty breaks for the girls, if you have taken or are currently taking the pill, you need to hold it in from now on so you don't pollute the environment.

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At last we've found where Saddam hid the weapons, lol. George was right they do exist, chemical warfare! Between the wimmen and the homersexshuls the real men don't have a chance.
OMGs... just wow.

but um... how do they account for all the people who got pregnant while on the pill if the pill makes men infertile?
not well thought through even for what is bs... people that lies should know to cover all the bases of questions and answers before opening their mouths (and waiting for their foot)
Ah, and thus the Amazon plot proceeds. Pope Joan is destined to return! To hell with it; I shall just stop using all birth control and get pregnant, if that is what dear old Pope Benny wants. :))

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You know this pic reminds me of a before and after photo, lol, though that isn't really fair to vampires.
Y'know. I was going to post an article about this. LMAO. You beat me to it. It also causes female urine to pollute the environment. XD Yay.
I love the British news, they have such interesting articles and post them days before we see the same news in the states, if we see it at all.
>I particularly like the bit about the hormones being released into the environment in women's urine.

Actually that part of the article is true. I saw it on a show a few years back on Animal Planet that had absolutely nothing to do w/ religion. They filter out all the waste in the sewers but not the hormones, so it effects males that drink tab water with estrogen.
God it's not. It's base on evidence years ago. Like I said before. I saw it on a program that was non-religious.

The Vatican is only using it as propaganda.
Oh sorry. :)

Nah sometimes the net makes it hard to tell if you're being sarcastic or not blah blah blah.

On regular forums we have a on going joke of using sarcasm tags like this: [sarcasm][/sarcasm]

It is not surprising that they church is calling the pill evil! They are just mad that they aren't producing as many "warriors" for their churches. If the extra hormones would be causing fertility to be higher in men......they would be buying the pharmaceutical companies and dumping the stuff into the water supply!
No i think it's funny! :D

*sorry i had to it's what came to mind lol*


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