I had a nice exchange with 2 of my co-workers last the other day. Someway or another our conversation turned to pregnancies and what people can do to avoid them. One co-worker is a non-practicing, nominal Catholic and the other was a non-denominational Christian.
After I told them that I didn't agree with having a vasectomy. The nominal Catholic laughed and said: “Wait, wait, lets see what the extremist has to say about this.” When I told them that we shouldn’t ‘mutilate’ our bodies for our convenience he started giggling. The purpose of medicine is to return our bodies to a natural state. I said that it wasn't a natural thing to do to your body and so we shouldn't do anything to disrupt the natural functioning of our organs. He (the nominal Catholic) just started laughing. He thought that I'd disagree with removing a kidney stone since that was a natural thing.
My answer to that though was kinda simple. I told him, and the other non-denominational Christian that medicine is suppose to repair or return the organs and body in general to its original purpose which is why wearing glasses is ok since it improves the functioning of the eyes and the same for the kidney stone. The stone impedes the kidney from functioning properly hence it is ok to remove it. The only thing he had left was to turn around and he kept smirking but he gave up the argument. Hopefully I was able to plant a seed to both of them. I have great hope that the other individual listening will chew on this for a while. At least he seemed to be receptive of this idea of the true role of medicine. I just thought I'd share with you. I hope they'll be more of those moments, I just hope I have a ready response when/if they do and please do not shy away from defending the Catholic position on moral issues. Her reasons that the Church holds these positions are on very solid ground, we just need to go look them up and share them when the opportunities arise.