Natural Family Planning

What Ireland’s Abortion Referendum is Really About

This year Ireland will hold a referendum on the issue of abortion. The date has not yet been set but the vote will probably take place in May. Since 1983, enshrined in Article 8 of the Irish Constitution, there has been a constitutional ban on abortions taking place in the Irish Republic. This prohibition was [...]

The Curious Controversy Over Natural Family Planning

When I entered the Church early in 1978 there was little enough discussion of natural family planning or of the Church's teaching that use of contraceptives violated the law of God.  The Couple to Couple League had been founded just a few years earlier, and NFP was not a subject even written about much in [...]

Overprescribing the Pill

When I was in college nearly 20 years ago, most of the young women I knew took birth control pills for medical reasons as instructed by their gynecologists. Now that I am in my 30s, I am encountering women who are only just discovering that they never really needed to be on the Pill in [...]

Making Babies: A Very Different Look at Natural Family Planning

Natural family planning (NFP) needs a slogan, because as a "product" -- if I might adopt business-speak -- it's not selling too well. According to some surveys, about 90 percent of professed Catholics reject the Church's teaching on birth control. Even among priests, fewer than one in three considers artificial contraception to be "always" sinful. [...]

Is NFP Misogynous? A Point/Counterpoint

Is Natural Family Planning a misogynous burden on women... or is it actually liberating? Marjorie Campbell and Kate Wicker discuss the question. We present a point/counterpoint on the question, "Is Natural Family Planning Misogynous?" Marjorie Campbell takes the affirmative while Kate Wicker argues the negative. Please feel free to continue the discussion in the Comments [...]

It’s Time to Talk Honestly about Natural Family Planning

Welcome to NFP Club. The first rule of NFP Club is: You do not talk about NFP Club. You can't talk to engaged couples about NFP -- you'll scare them away. You can't talk to experienced older couples, either, or you'll get an earful about the bad old days of rhythm-and-blues and 23 children. You [...]

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