WASHINGTON (July 19, 2002) –- National Natural Family Planning Week will be celebrated across the United States this year during the week of July 21-27.
"Too many people hear 'family planning and the Catholic Church,' and simply dismiss it. They think it's the old rhythm method, but nothing could be further from the truth," said Theresa Notare, Assistant Director of the U.S. Catholic bishops? Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning. "Natural Family Planning is a scientifically proven method of family planning that is highly effective in helping couples to achieve or avoid a pregnancy by observing a woman?s signs of fertility." Notare points out that research shows that couples today want family planning methods that are effective, non-invasive and natural; they also want methods that do not impede pleasure and that have a positive impact on their overall relationship. "Natural Family Planning achieves all this," said Notare.
National Natural Family Planning Week is supported by the Catholic Bishops? Conference, the American Academy of Fertility Care™ Professionals, and numerous Natural Family Planning ("NFP") groups and dioceses throughout the country.
This important celebration will highlight scientific and spiritual aspects of natural family planning. During this week, many dioceses will undertake educational programs regarding NFP as well as Church teachings that support its use. This year the bishops' Diocesan Development Program has developed fresh new posters to promote the event, and they will be displayed in many parishes across the country. "It is exciting to see such an enthusiastic response to the posters," said Notare, "not only have parishes shown a strong interest, but this year the posters will also be appearing in doctors' offices, Catholic hospitals, and Campus ministry centers."
"National Natural Family Planning Week provides an opportunity to call attention to and fully celebrate God's gift of life and love to all married couples," said Theresa Notare.