Natural Family Planning Contraception or Sterilization-
What will you decide?

 

Some things you should know before you decide...

Natural Family Planning is the healthy choice for family planning.

It does nothing to destroy the health or fertility of either the wife

or husband. Natural Family Planning brings many blessings by

following God’s Plan for married life. 


NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING CAN LEAD TO:

Accepting personal responsibility for sexual behavior

An increase of romance and courtship in marriage

Greater sexual fulfillment and personal dignity

Cooperation, reverence and respect for your spouse

Enhanced teamwork and communication

between husband and wife

An increase of faith and trust in God and in your spouse

The oneness that God meant for husband and wife

Sanctification of heart and soul for both partners

Time and freedom not to have sex

A greater fostering of family life and love for children

Freedom to wait until you are ready for children

Money saved - no need for purchase of contraceptives

 Avoidance of harmful side effects of contraceptives

Credibility and confidence in teaching

abstinence to your teenage children

Personal responsibility for physical health

A fostering of vocations to the priesthood

and religious life within the family

A deeper appreciation of the sacraments

Greater stewardship over all God has given you

Peace and joy of mind and soul

A willingness to share with others

what God has blessed you with

A greater capacity to surrender control over situations

A greater trust and confidence in the Lord’s providence

The fruits of perseverance,tolerance, faithfulness,

self-control, diligence, joy, faith, and commitment

Can Natural Family Planning do all this foryou? 

It can, because God blesses those who follow

His plan for life. Natural Family Planning embraces

His plan as it has been revealed through

the teachings of His Church. The gifts of the sacraments,

especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation,

assist us in our time of need. Contraception and

sterilization will block if not destroy these blessings.


CONTRACEPTION/STERILIZATION CAN LEAD TO:

A loss of sexual desire

Questioning your love for your spouse

Physical sickness, such as blood clots, strokes,

heart attacks, blindness and even death.

Mental and emotional instability

Divorce

Irresponsibility in other areas of life

Early abortions caused by the use of the pill,

IUD, Norplant, and Ru 486

Pressure to have sex

Destruction of faith and a rejection of God and the church

Dislike for children

Disrespect of women

Disrespect of men

Guilt and blame

Resentment, bitterness and the feeling of being used

Isolation in one’s relationship with spouse and family

Destruction of family life

Birth defects

Sexual addiction which makes you more

vulnerable to promiscuous behavior

Abusive sexual behavior and selfish sexual behavior

It is a matter of history that up until 1930,

all Christian Churches agreed that contraception

was wrong. Since the acceptance of contraception,

the divorce rate has risen 500%. While the overall

national divorce rate began to escalate during the 

1920’s, then again after World War II, and again in

the 1960’s, the Catholic divorce rate remained generally

low. However, after 1968, the Catholic divorce rate

skyrocketed as millions of Catholic couples rebelled

and joined the search for personal fulfillment and unlimited

sex through unnatural forms of birth control. Priest dealing

with broken marriages say at least 95% of such couples

have been using unnatural forms of birth control and/or

started having sex before marriage. The divorce rate among

Natural Family Planning couples is well under 5%, probably

under 2%, compared to the 50% rate among the general

contracepting public. History has already proven contraception

and sterilization are not the answer.

Vocations? Out of two-hundred and fifty families

attending a 1992 Couple to Couple League-Natural

Family Planning National Convention, there were five

vocations to the priesthood. That is one vocation out

of every 50 families. It is evident that using Natural

Family Planning fosters vocations.

With the Church’s focus on evangelization,

vocations and preparing for the year 2000,

Our Holy Father asks us to examine ourselves

and ask forgiveness where we have not

followed Christ’s teachings through His Church.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2370)(Pg. 570)

states: “Periodic continence, that is, the methods

of birth regulation based on self-observation and

the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with

the objective criteria of morality.(1) These methods

respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage

tenderness between them, and favor the education

of an authentic freedom. In contrast, ”every action

which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act,

or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its

natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end

or as a means, to render procreation impossible"

is intrinsically evil:.... (2) **

Contraception and sterilization are evils that affect

the body, soul, the mind, our relationships, family

and society in a negative way.

Natural Family Planning leads to life.


Heavenly Father grant us the grace

to follow your plan for married life.  q



**Excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

for the United States of American. Copyright 1994

United State Catholic Conference - Libreria Editrice

Vaticana are used with permission. All rights reserved.

A copy of the Catechism may be ordered from

Publishing Services, USCC, (800)235-8722.**

(1)HV 16.

(2)HV 1
 

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