The Differences Between N.F.P. and Contraception
1) N.F.P. is truly family
planning since it teaches a couple both how to
space their children and how to plan their
pregnancies. Contraceptive technology is geared
solely to avoiding the conception of children.
2) N.F.P. enhances a
woman's view of herself - removes ignorance
surrounding the workings of her own body. She no
longer sees her fertility as a threat - she no
longer has to arm herself with devices, or
assault her body with drugs and operations - fear
and ignorance alienate a woman from her body -
and from valuing herself as a whole person.
3) Because N.F.P. promotes
an acceptance and valuing of fertility, it
indirectly promotes an openness to, and value for
the child which is the product of that fertility.
Planning the conception of children is part of N.F.P.
Couples are always confronting the reality of
their fertility and working within that reality.
They accept their fertility rather than suppress
it, and accept the possibility that they may
decide at any time to have a child.
The whole thrust of contraception is aimed at avoiding a pregnancy.
One's fertility is treated as a threat, so it is
not surprising that the product of that fertility
is seen as a threat - this easily becomes a habit
of mind one is gradually led to believe that
having a child can be a disaster if the timing
is wrong, its numerical place is wrong, if it is
not physically perfect, if it is not the right
sex, if one is not
of the right age, or if it interferes with
personal ambitions, etc. - it becomes an
obsession such that abortion becomes the logical
solution - loving becomes purely conditional (I
will only love you if...), valuing of the child
becomes purely conditional and ultimately and
logically valuing of human beings becomes
4) A user of N.F.P.
personally assumes responsibility for decisions
made re: spacing of children. Husband and wife
depend on themselves and God rather than
delegating this responsibility to technology. During the fertile time they act out of their free will
to have or not to have children and then take the
responsibility for that decision by either using
or avoiding this time.
5) A user of N.F.P. allows
for God to be part of the decision-making process
of the couple - if one regards God as an integral
part of the married relationship, one must allow
Him room to direct, to inspire so that decisions
are quality decisions - the person who takes the
pill in the morning can't change her mind that
evening - if the decision to avoid pregnancy is a
flawed decision and one is open to God's
direction then you can change your mind at any time with a natural method.
6) A user of N.F.P. never
forgets the creative dimension of love-making.
Even those who decide to postpone a pregnancy are
in no danger of losing sight of this - every act
of abstinence is a reminder of this creative
The Natural Family
Planning Association - Ontario is affiliated with
the World Organization Ovulation Method Billings
(WOOMB) Canada and WOOMB International.