I've just been e-mailed an interesting article by Russell Shorto from the New York Times about the growing number of American conservatives who are realising the negative implications of contraception. As Judie Brown of the American Life League puts it, 'the mind-set that invites a couple to use contraception is an antichild mind-set. So when a baby is conceived accidentally, the couple already have this negative attitude toward the child. Therefore seeking an abortion is a natural outcome. We oppose all forms of contraception.' I particularly like the article's opening reference to Daniel Defoe (of Robinson Crusoe fame) who raged a war in the eighteenth century against 'the diabolical practice of attempting to prevent childbearing by physical preparations.' There's nothing new under the sun!