When its promoters point out that NFP is “as effective” as various forms of contraception “if you follow the rules”, they employ the same language and imply the same kind of thinking as we see in those who advocate the use of contraception. When it is proclaimed that NFP is "99% effective" there is no other way to understand "effective" except as "successful in preventing conception". Is it correct to call this a “contraceptive mentality”? Really, whether that label fits any, most, or all NFP users is a moot point. In quibbling over the label, we deny the fact that we Catholics have bought into the current cultural myth that family “planning” is better than family “happening”.
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