Artificial birth control methods: A threat to human life and morality among the Catholic married couples
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This study was set out to contribute to the morality of the people especially Catholic married couples by establishing the thesis that the use of Artificial Birth Control methods is a threat to human life and morality among the Catholic married couples. Consequently, the study sought to find out how Artificial Birth Control methods can be a threat to human life and morality. Chapter 1 endeavored to lay the background of the study by ascertaining to the fact that Artificial Birth Control methods has become a threat to human life and morality of the couples. Thus, a need to counteract these Artificial Birth Control methods with Natural methods of Birth Control as the Catholic Church teaches. In line with the views of some scholars, Chapter II laid a foundation of the types of Artificial Birth Control methods, dangers and adverse effects of Artificial Birth Control methods, the Natural methods of Birth Control and the view of the Catholic Church as the pathway to good moral standards and respect for life among the Catholic married couples. A combination of qualitative and quantitative methods was applied in Chapter III and data was collected by the use interviews, questionnaires, conversations and literature review. The study relied on both primary data from the field and secondary data from the related literature of various scholars. The information was then summarized and coded into themes and sub themes form which conclusions and recommendations were drawn. Chapter IV presents the findings of the study, while chapter V discusses the findings and reveals that some Catholic married couples know and use Artificial Birth Control methods to help them produce children whom they can plan for, yet in some cases this leads to unfaithfulness and conjugal infidelity, a general lowering of morality especially, husbands loosing respect for wives and regarding them as sex objects than as beloved companions. The study concludes and recommends in chapter VI that the Catholic married couples follow the Church’s teaching and use Natural methods of Birth Control that promote good morals and respect of life. From the Catholic Church’s teachings, a ban should be put on the use of Artificial Birth Control methods which have adverse effects to human life and morality.