Monday, April 02, 2007

Texas Planned Parenthood rep gets it wrong on NFP

The Catholic church opposes artificial contraception for married couples in favor of natural family planning, such as having intercourse during non-fertile times, Slight said.

Known as the "rhythm method," planned on calendar calculations of previous menstrual cycles, that type of natural planning can be ineffective because it does not allow for normal changes in the menstrual cycle, and is not generally recommended, [Michelle] Green said.


No it is not called the "rhythm" method.

It is called "Natural Family Planning". There are three widely used methods of Natural Family Planning.

One is the Sympto-thermal method, which bases itself primarily on the basal temperature at waking, plus observations of mucus, cervical positioning and other signs.

The second one is the Creighton method, which is similar to a third, called the Billings method.

Both rely on observation of cervical mucus.

None of them require knowledge of one's menstrual calendar.

And these are supposed to be the birth control experts, huh?

I participated for a couple of years on an NFP message board at one point in my life. I'd never heard of anyone using the rhythm method. There are probably a couple of stalwarts who use it, but I didn't know anyone who did.

I wonder if I should be surprised that feminists don't promote this kind of knowledge.

After all, knowing when one is ovulating is extremely useful knowledge.

I'm sure they wouldn't oppose this kind of knowledge. But I find it curious that for all their desire to control their own fertility, they don't promote knowledge that could easily lead to more control.

If you know that you've just ovulated, and you absolutely don't want kids for the time being, wouldn't it be a good idea not to have sex, even with contraception?

You could have sex, and probably not get pregnant with contraception, but then again, you might be playing the lottery. But then again, they have no problem with abortion. Although they would like to prevent that. But in the end, I guess, it's not a big deal, for them.

That's the difference between the culture of life and the culture of death.

Visit Opinions Canada
a political blogs aggregator