The name “Ella” has universal appeal, meaning a variety of things from “burning torch” to “goddess,” depending on the language. Hinting at Cinderella and Ella Enchanted, it brings to mind a girl oppressed by fate who needs a potion to free herself from an awkward situation.
How rich, then, is the choice of “Ella” as the name of the next “morning-after pill” on the horizon — which can be used up to five days after sexual intimacy. Unlike RU-496, whose name hearkens back to the pristine lab that concocted the deadly chemical mix, this sweet name wraps the abortifacient in a layer of euphemism that is sheer marketing genius — especially for its increasingly younger target market.
These youngsters seem shocked when their sexual flirtation ends in pregnancy, and yet the FDA is striving to help. The same government structures that provide “safe-sex” manuals, ready access to contraception and a benign attitude towards promiscuity have now unanimously approved another option to guarantee that these otherwise fruitful unions be subsumed into the more cost-effective barrenness that better serve the state.
Recent statistics out of England, which show that repeat abortions are becoming commonplace and that even a sizable number of young women have had between three and five apiece, bring us to two diametrically-opposed conclusions: first, that the non-judgmental shrug that accompanies the “contraceptives for kids” mentality is proving disastrous on every level; and secondly, that there is not only no desire to change it, but rather a plan to ramp up the creative efforts to contain the damage.
Of course, introducing one more chemical fix to the “candy store” does nothing to counter the deeper problems that have created both an expanding spiritual wasteland and a burgeoning medical nightmare. These young girls are increasingly from broken homes, have little parental oversight, are hooking up at increasingly younger ages and ultimately become unable to extricate sexual activity from their relationships. Thus, they never do learn to relate to young men in meaningful and chaste ways, nor stand a chance of building the next generation within a framework of well-grounded marital unions.
Medically speaking, sexually-transmitted diseases are multiplying and morphing beyond our ability to stop them, so that chronic illness and sterility will form the ugly backdrop to these young people’s lives. Despite the Center for Disease Control’s campaigns marking each April as STD awareness month and the current push to “Get Yourself Tested,” every form of disease is spreading to record levels.
That means that pregnancy is only the tip of the iceberg — the most visible outcome of the most sex-absorbed generation in history — and yet, often it’s hardly even on the radar screens of hormonal youngsters with no moral boundaries. “Ella” will only enhance their cavalier attitude about promiscuity, play havoc on the girls’ reproductive systems and provide one more illusion about how to dodge the short-term consequences of their actions.
Ella may be translated as “light” in some etymologies, but it is entirely dark in its present application. Those who have been raised to trust in the harmlessness of sexual intimacy have been fed a vile pack of lies — but that makes it all the more incumbent on those who know the truth to expose the deception.