NFP Awareness Week from a Protestant NFP Enthusiast

by Kathleen Quiring on July 30, 2011

Apparently, this last week was NFP Awareness Week. If you’re Catholic, you might have been aware of that. If you’re not Catholic, you probably had no clue.

Unless, like me, you’re a non-Catholic blogger who reads a lot of of Catholic blogs.

I came across a number of really fantastic articles about Natural Family Planning, and I thought I’d share them with you, especially if you’re not active in the Catholic blogging world. Check them out!!

Natural Family Planning is not just a Catholic thing. Or at least, it shouldn’t be. Anyone who considers sexuality important ought to be familiar with the beautiful ideology behind it. Here are a few articles from the last week or so to get you started.

Bad at NFP and Proud! By Jennifer Fulwiler.

People first must understand that surprise pregnancies aren’t the end of the world.

We live in a culture where “planned parenthood” is the only acceptable type of parenthood, where unexpected pregnancies are portrayed like a cancer diagnosis, life-ruining experiences that must be avoided at all costs.… I think that getting across this concept that surprise pregnancies are not the end of the world is one of the most important keys to building up a culture of life.

Read the rest of the article here.

Natural Family Planning: Liberator of Women by April of My Feminine Mind.

I absolutely love Natural Family Planning. There are a lot of things that I love about it. The thing that stands out the most to me, however–the big, neon-sign, in-your-face-amazing thing about NFP is the ideology behind it. It begins with the premise that women are good. Because our bodies are good, we should not take what is wonderful and healthy and purposely induce a state of abnormality in it. Whereas contraception begins with the mentality that women’s bodies are flawed unless we give our bodies over to the medical and pharmaceutical industries to improve upon, NFP liberates women from this kind of negative self-talk.

Read the rest of the article here.

The Disempowerment of Women by April of My Feminine Mind.

One way that society tells women that we are not capable is by its attitude in regards to childbirth. Over and over again movies and television repeat the story of how dangerous childbirth is and how incapable women are of doing it without a team of medical specialists controlling the process and saving women from our own dangerous bodies…

I feel the distrust of women’s bodies go beyond the events of pregnancy and childbirth. This distrust extends to our most basic functioning in our reproductive cycle. Rather than seeing fertility as the normal and healthy state that it is, the culture treats fertility as a disease, something to be suppressed at any cost. And in fact, not long ago, some were seeking to classify contraceptives as preventative medicine. I must ask, preventative medicine for what? Femininity? Is femininity a disease?

Read the rest of this fabulous article here.

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