Why Natural Family Planning?
Responsible and Generous Love
The Church recognizes that there are legitimate reasons for regulating pregnancy, but what is necessary is a moral means for doing this and a correct understanding of responsible parenthood.
Responsible and generous love includes knowledge of and respect for fertility and the natural laws that govern it. Natural Family planning provides scientific knowledge about the natural laws that govern our fertility, the signs of fertility and infertility.
Responsible and generous love concerns the consideration of the factors or conditions, which have a bearing on family size. When considering physical, economic, psychological and sociological factors, couples are responsible to God, to themselves, to their families and to society, in that order. Natural Family Planning assists couples in making generous and responsible decisions regarding family size.
Responsible and generous love involves self-mastery. Natural Family Planning fosters self-control and helps couples accept more fully the responsibility God gives us with regard to procreation.
Finally, responsible parenthood must be exercised through moral means. Church teaching does not say that a couple must intend to have a child in each and every marriage act. Once a couple has chosen to engage in the marital act and exchange their love, they must respect its creative potential and not frustrate it through contraceptive means. The life giving potential of the marital act must not be deliberately removed. With the use of Natural Family Planning, unlike contraception, nothing is done before, during or after the martial act to render the act sterile, incomplete or to prevent implantation of a fertilized ovum.