Britney Spears Shows the Truth of ‘Humanae Vitae’| National Catholic Register

udge “The X Factor,” and choreograph and star in their own Las Vegas show.  Fans of Britney Spears became convinced in 2019 that she was being coerced by her caretakers to stay in the conservatorship so that they could profit from her $70 million fortune. This resulted in the #FreeBritney movement, which garnered support from thousands of fans and celebrities, but was largely dismissed as a conspiracy theory — until last week.  Spears broke her silence in an impassioned testimony during a hearing to end her father’s control over her life. She made disturbing allegations about her treatment, including that she was forced to take lithium, confined to her home, made to work intensive 10-hour days without vacation, and forbidden from removing her IUD to try for another child.  “I want to be able to get married and have a baby,” Spears said in her testimony. “I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby, I have a (IUD) inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the (IUD) out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children — any more children.”  If this allegation is true, it’s symptomatic of the culture of objectification Pope Paul VI predicted artificial birth control would create.  He wrote in the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae: “Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.”  Though in this case the desires being satisfied are financial instead of sexual, keeping Spears on birth control would certainly allow the bad-faith actors in her life to keep her under their control in every way possible. Spears specifically called out her father as the main culprit, and the state of California for failing to protect her. 

Britney Spears Shows the Truth of ‘Humanae Vitae’| National Catholic Register

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