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Myth 5- Same as Contraception

 

Myth

There is no difference between NFP and contraception.

REALITY

NFP methods are different from and better than contraception.

NFP methods:

  • have no harmful side effects
  • are environmentally friendly
  • are virtually cost free
  • cooperate with, rather than suppress, a couple's fertility
  • can be used both to achieve and avoid pregnancy
  • call for shared responsibility and cooperation by husband and wife
  • require mutual communication
  • foster respect for and acceptance of the total person
  • encourage maturity and the virtue of chastity
  • value the child
  • honor and safeguard the unitive and procreative meanings of married love.

In other words, there is a big difference between NFP and contraception. NFP, as opposed to contraception, does not deliberately frustrate the procreative potential of sex. So, NFP is morally acceptable while contraception is actually sinful and never morally right. NFP is unique because it enables its users to work with the body rather than against it. Fertility is viewed as a gift and reality to live, not a problem to be solved. Ultimately, NFP respects God's design for married love.

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