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NFP Pioneers

NFP Pioneers: The Story of the Family of the Americas, Natural Family Planning: Diocesan Activity Report, 1992.
With a deep desire to share vital health information with women worldwide, Mercedes Wilson began the Family of the Americas Foundation offering various programs in over 100 countries.

NFP Pioneers: History of the Billings Ovulation Method in the United States, Hanna Klaus, M.D. Natural Family Planning: Diocesan Activity Report, 1992.
Hanna Klaus shares the early beginnings of the Billings Ovulation Method, beginning in Australia and reaching the Untied States.

NFP Pioneers: "A Life Time of Service, Edward F. Keefe, M.D." Edward F. Keefe, M.D. with Theresa Notare, Natural Family Planning: Diocesan Activity Report, 1993.
In an effort to aid couples striving to live within Church teaching, Dr. Edward F. Keefe shares his story of women's health and his journey in the medical field.

NFP Pioneers: "The Story of Northwest Family Services," Beth Wells, Natural Family Planning: Diocesan Activity Report, 1993.
Beth Wells shares the grace-filled history of Northwest Family Services and the couples and priests who courageously played vital roles.

NFP Pioneers: "CCL Formed in the Aftermath of Humane Vitae," John F. Kippley, Natural Family Planning: Diocesan Activity Report, 1993.
The Couple to Couple League, which today has found great success, traces its roots back to Humanae Vitae with passionate and hardworking individuals.

NFP Pioneers: Introduction to the International Federation for Family Life Promotion, Claude Lanctot, M.D., Natural Family Planning: Diocesan Activity Report, 1994.
Claude Lanctot shares the incredible journey of willing individuals and worthy goals that led to the International Federation for Family Life Promotion, eventually serving over 75 countries.

NFP Pioneers: Human Life and NFP Foundation, Larry Kane, Natural Family Planning: Diocesan Activity Report, 1994.
Larry Kane details the valiant efforts of Bishop McHugh and others in the early years of the NFP Foundation.

NFP Pioneers: NFP Teacher Training and Service Development Efforts 1974-1985, Mary Catherine Martin, R.N., Ph.D., Natural Family Planning: Diocesan Activity Report, 1995.
Mary Catherine Martin details the passion and motivation that led her on the journey into and through the NFP movement.

The International Review of Natural Family Planning (1977-1988)
The following classic articles are posted with the permission of the editors of the IRNFP.

A Positive Solution for Achieving and Postponing Pregnancy
Evelyn L. Billings
Evelyn Billings, co-creator of the Billings Ovulation Method, offers this article to better inform NFP teachers of their roles. As we realize more about the reliability of NFP we also come to find out how much of a Christian endeavor in the pursuit of family happiness this program truly is.

Natural Family Planning: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
John J. Billings
Dr. John Billings and his wife, Evelyn, are the creators of the Billings Ovulation Method. In this article, Dr. John takes the time to describe how they discovered and developed this method of NFP.

Margaret Sanger: Founder of Modern Society
Elasah Drogin
Elasah Drogin, Jewish convert and then-president of Catholics United for Life, provides an animated account of the life and work of Margaret Sanger. Throughout this account, the reader is able to clearly see the progression of Sanger's idealistic views as the daughter of a poor Irish immigrant to her radically influential submersion of eugenic birth control into the American culture.

Legal Aspects of Compulsory Sterilization in America
Michael A. Vaccari, J.D.
Fordham Law School graduate, Michael Vaccari, details several significant United States Supreme Court cases. Vaccari specifically highlights the discussion regarding compulsory sterilization, the right to privacy, and the violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Pathfinders 2: Wilhelm Hillebrand, First Teacher of the Sympto-Thermic Method
Rudolph F. Vollman
Through personal letters from Fr. Hillebrand, Dr. Vollman shares the methods and opinions of this German priest with medical roots. Fr. Hillebrand first learned of this natural method of family planning in 1933, and took it upon himself to personally investigate the methods and evaluate their effectiveness. He stresses the importance of facts and the proper support necessary to promote effective findings.

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