Thursday, December 27, 2007

The 411 on NFP

Reader Neil, who works for the Westchester County, N.Y., Journal News, sends word that his employer just published an article that looks to be the most detailed and accurate overview of Natural Family Planning one is likely to find in a mainstream newspaper.

While I'm not happy to see promoters of the practice piggybacking onto the "green" craze (it is, after all, some of the "greens" who are angling for forced population control), the article has some beautiful quotes from couples who say NFP brought them greater intimacy:

David Toder, who grew up in a Reform Jewish family in Scarsdale, also argues that the Catholic connotations are secondary to the benefits of practicing environmentally friendly parenting that strengthens a couple's emotional bond.

"Contraception puts a barrier between the couple," he said. "With NFP, you have to work together and trust each other. And, there's a cyclical relationship - a dating and a honeymoon - and that adds to the spice of life and the appreciation you have, and your relationship is well-rounded."