Their messages are short, simple, and completely opposed to one another. Planned Parenthood was first with billboards that say "Birth Control is Easy." Then the local Catholic Diocese responded with its billboards that say "Birth Control is Harmful."
The billboards got our attention because, outside of politics, you don’t see a lot of billboard wars. And we thought people might want to know more about them.
The signs are meant to get attention, and they got the attention of the Catholic Church.
"Because whereas birth control might be easy. It may not be in one’s best interest. It may not be a good thing," said Erick Bell with the church’s Family Life Office.
Bell says their own billboards are meant to inform people of, among other things, some of the medical side effects of birth control that they don’t think get enough attention.
"A woman is at increased risk of breast cancer and cervical cancer, an increased risk of heart attack and high blood pressure," Bell said. "All of these are well documented side effects of birth control pills."
This was done by the Respect Life office of the Diocese of Tulsa which has a good site for people seeing the billboards.
I don’t expect similar billboards anytime soon sponsored by the USCCB or individual bishop. On the new document on the Eucharist
The move to name contraception as a reason to refrain from communion failed 148-75.
Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, N.J., said that the drafters did not include contraception because it was not intended to be a comprehensive list of sins and there was a concern that this "particularly difficult pastoral problem" would distract from everything else in the document. Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, auxiliary of San Diego, argued that not mentioning it would draw even more attention.
So maybe billboards like "Contraception is messy pastorally." Though is it a pastoral problem or is that that pastors have been the problem. That such outright dissent from the Church has gone on for so long with nary an outcry makes it of course an embarrassment to the Bishop’s conference. A wink and a nod has been given to this issue and it seems that for many their theological hearts were just never behind it. You wonder how many in the past in the confessional have told people to "follow their conscience" on this matter?
The part about it not being an exhaustive list is of course true, but they managed to make room for "verbal abuse" and "immoral business practices" – not that these don’t belong. You can see the full list here in a direct link to that section of the document I put up on my site.