I read an article about the HHS mandate debate and about Catholic women and contraception that was just fantastic. It mentions lots of things that I think we need to be talking about, most importantly: Why aren't women using NFP and instead turning to artificial contraception?
We run this fine line of trying to tell people about the beautiful teaching of the Catholic Church on human sexuality and what blessings children are to a marriage and then screaming "BUT IT"S 99.6% EFFECTIVE AT PREVENTING PREGNANCIES JUST LIKE BIRTH CONTROL!!"
We're like crazy schizophrenics trying to compete with a contraceptive society. Natural Family Planning isn't hormonal birth control and if we try to advertise it like it is one of two things will happen:
1) We're going to lose the competition.
2) We're going to compromise our morals.
Birth control companies and Planned Parenthood are selling sex, which is one of the easiest things to sell. NFP is selling love and self sacrifice.
So my question to you is how to we find a happy medium? How do we sell our holy sex? Because the way we're doing it isn't working. I mean this is what comes up in a Google image search for Natural Family Planning:
And here's what comes up when you search Planned Parenthood:
Which one do you think is more appealing to your average woman looking to not get pregnant? I can tell you which one strikes my fancy.
So here's our chance. The stage has been set and we have the perfect opportunity to show the world what exactly NFP is and why we use it.
So my question to you is what can we do? What would have made it more appealing to you? If you don't use NFP, what would make it more appealing? If you have an opinion on this please leave me a comment. I'm thinking about doing something to help advertise in a more modern way so any suggestions would be great. Thanks all!! :)