Happy NFP Awareness Week!
[The following appears in this week's Georgia Bulletin, and is reposted here with permission.]
by SUZANE HAUGH, Special To The Bulletin Published: July 19, 2012 ATLANTA—According to the Guttmacher Institute, statistics released earlier this year suggest that close to 90 percent of women of reproductive age—and 87 percent of Catholic women—use a method of contraception other than Natural Family Planning. While the percentages may differ in other studies, it is clear that contraceptive use is prevalent even among Catholics, making it harder to imagine how to “think outside the pill,” a phrase coined by Jessica M.H. Smith, an NFP blogger who has worked with the Edith Stein Foundation. As a former contracepting college student and now a “revert” to the Catholic faith, she is passionate in her mission to enlarge hearts and minds to see the truth of the church’s teachings in the area of human sexuality. “NFP for the Catholic person is part of the wider spiritual road to heaven [as opposed to contraception], but we don’t always have to start there because not everyone is there,” she said. People come to NFP by many routes—if not for spiritual reasons, then maybe because it is ecological and relationship-building. For National NFP Awareness Week, her insights have been compiled in the following list of incentives for considering NFP.