While debates over contraception dominate national headlines, promoters of natural family planning aim to impart the depth of Church teaching on human sexuality to younger generations.
“God gave us reason” along with the gift of sexuality, said professor Janet Smith, who teaches moral theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Michigan.
Smith told CNA on April 18 that natural family planning (NFP) is not an obligation to “live without planning,” but a call to use reason while respecting the nature of human sexuality.
Supported by the Catholic Church, NFP is a method of spacing children by practicing periodic abstinence based on physical indicators of a woman’s fertility.
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