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Posted on 07/23/2010 8:23:53 PM PDT by Dr. Brian Kopp
Divorce Rate Comparisons Between Couples Using Natural Family Planning & Artificial Birth Control
Posted By Megan Morris On July 19, 2010 @ 2:37 pm In News & Commentary | Comments Disabled
July 19, 2010 (momslikeme.com)
Everyone would agree that divorce is the greatest tragedy that can befall a family. Wouldnt it be providential if the practice of natural family planning proves to be the authentic means to a successful marriage? Family of the Americas Foundation has just received the completed data collection of a study correlating marital happiness with the practice of Natural Family Planning (NFP). Since the early seventies, [Family of the Americas Foundation] has been conducting programs for couples that provide knowledge on the fertile and infertile phases of a womans cycle
For years we have witnessed the benefits our programs have provided to families, not only in Christian countries, but also Moslem and even communist nations. Even though numerous scientific evaluations and statistical studies have confirmed its effectiveness, even superior to artificial birth control, we have never been able to validate the incredible benefits to the family that our teachers have been observing for many years.
Last year a scientific survey was conducted under the direction of a reputable independent statistician, Dr. Robert Lerner. He is a Sociologist from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics. The protocol stipulated that he would not only evaluate the findings, but also compare them to two of the largest U.S. government funded surveys that asked similar questions of the respondents.
The results presented from the three surveys analyzed revealed that compared to other women in general and to Catholic women of similar age, NFP users:
The Natural Family Planning group studied consists of the typical middle class families of the United States of America, primarily Catholic, with small minority of Protestant and Evangelical. From this first study, however, (others need to be conducted to confirm our findings), we can ascertain that Natural Family Planning may become the major vindicator of respecting the natural laws. It promises to be the best safeguard for the family against divorce. Divorce fractures the family and creating conflict among its members the consequences of violating the natural laws through the use of artificial birth control, sterilization and abortion usually lead to promiscuity, cohabitation and ultimately divorce.
The report confirms the practice of a natural method of conception regulation (Natural Family Planning).
This study presents results from a survey of 505 couples that have been practicing Natural Family Planning, primarily the Ovulation Method, through the teachers of Family of the Americas Foundation. They are based on the first-ever survey of its kind. It examined the types of persons and the impact learning Natural Family Planning has made in their family life, as well as sexual and moral attitudes.
More studies are appearing from around the world regarding the estrogen pollution of waterways from chemical birth control, and its adverse effects, at least on various fish populations.
Most people oppose environmental pollution, but seldom think about the chemical pollution they inflict on their own bodies.
It is well documented that long-term exposure to estrogen may have a carcinogenic effect on the human body. The World Health Organization (WHO) lists most estrogens as carcinogenic substances.
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an all-natural, body-friendly method of avoiding or causing pregnancy through a 98% effective 3-pronged plan of fertility awareness.
For many women, being aware of the power of their fertility is a very freeing sensation, as opposed to the bondage of chemical birth control methods that suppress normal body functions
Awesome site: http://www.physiciansforlife.org/content/view/193/36/ 
Correlation does not equal causation.
“Family planning” is a catholic thing. I would argue that any couple that goes to church and follows their church’s instructions will divorce less. This study is slanted in favor of catholics.
Is there a legitimate alternative explanation for low divorce rate among practitioners of NFP?
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Excellent! Last time I checked, the data showed around a 4% divorce rate; this is even better. And if these same folks attend daily Mass together, now or when they’re older, participate in Confession and Rosary-recitation frequently, their chances of divorce are almost nil.
This is not a scientific study for causation. All this attempts to generate is religious people have a lower divorce rate.
See the graphic in post #4. Data is from a non-Catholic source.
“All this attempts to generate is religious people have a lower divorce rate.”
It shows that committed couples who communicate well about their intimacy and therefore communicate well about the rest of their lives, experience a lower divorce rate.
Ok. My last sentence is wrong then. But otherwise i am still correct. All this study really says is that the ones that try the hardest not to get pregnant are the ones most likely to divorce.
“You know what you call people who practice Natural Family Planning?”
(My mom, Catholic mother of a half-dozen, to my brother, at his wedding)
You know what you call people who practice Natural Family Planning? What? Parents.Maybe they had some whooops moments, because NFP -- when followed correctly! -- is 97-99% effective.
I think there is a selectivity issue here. Those who have stable marriage, more religious, and so on, are more likely to choose NFP compared to those who don’t have stable marriage or being more religious. So, it may not mean that if you use artificial birth control, you’d experience divorce, unhappiness, etc. At least, that’s not a conclusion that we can draw from this data.
**have a dramatically low (0.2%) divorce rate;**
This is a huge “WOW!”
Oh, really, perhaps you need to take another look/study at this chart!
blah blah. quit with the fact nonsense. I’m not here to argue facts.
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No! Divorce is not the greatest tragedy. The death of a child is the greatest tragedy. Divorce can only get second place.
I wonder if the study factored in the fact that Catholics can also get annulments, which are not the same thing as divorces and would not be counted as such. No other denomination does annulments to my knowledge.
I think it depends on your point of view.
I believe from the parents’ point of view I could see them go 50-50 on it. I think for men the breakup of their family may be worse. For the mother I think death of a child would probably be.
I think from an outsider, more societal point of view, the family breakup is worse.
Would it really have needed to? I daresay most Catholics who get annulments do so because they’re already divorced and want to get married again in the Catholic Church.
**I think from an outsider, more societal point of view, the family breakup is worse.**
I tend to agree with you. My mom and my daughters have expienced miscarriages/death of a child. It is heart wrenching to say the least.
But the loss of a family is community/state/nation wrenching — children have no positive model on which to base their parenting skills when a divorce occurs (provided the divorce did not happen because of abuse to the children or spouse.)
Once you have seen the look on the face of a parent at their child’s funeral, you would have to agree with me.
It is only those people who are disinclined to divorce in the first place who love enough to practice NFP.
I’m not doubting what you say, I also know many dads feel like they’ve lost their kids (and in a sense they sure have) via divorce. They aren’t in your house anymore. They aren’t around. It’s very much like they are gone. On top of that their mom hates you and took half or more of your stuff.
The graph is very interesting, but it doesn’t say anything about the causality between using divorce rates and NFP. As I mentioned in my previous post, those who have stable marriage (i.e., less likely to get divorce) are more likely to use NFP. They are highly correlated, I believe. However, it doesn’t translate to ‘use NFP and you’ll be more likely to have stable marriage, etc.’
Yes, I would agree that sometimes divorce does cause a portion of the child to die sometimes. And then they never recover the part that was lost.
I would say that those who want to just pop a pill to solve any problem, instead of adjusting their lifestyles are the issue. Which, IMHO, is a shallow way of solving any problem. Which is probably why those who lives are based on faith in God and have examined themselves and truly discovered the true reason they take pills(for any reason) are therefore more content in their marriages. Reasons for taking pills: convenience, promiscuity, availability, culture, resistance to change lifestyle, easy answer, peer pressure, time pressures.... Many of our current health issues are ‘solved’ by popping pills instead of changing behaviors.
Those are two separate things, Secret Agent Man. Annulments, actually Certificates of Nullity, refer to the Catholic marriage, which is one of the seven Sacraments. A Certificate of Nullity is given when a diocesan Tribunal determines, for various reasons, that the conditions for the marriage being sacramental did not occur. This applies in the Church, does not change legal status outside the Church. Divorce/dissolution are changes in legal status, but not recognized as such within the Church without a judgement of the type I described above. And, not trying to be too picky, strictly speaking, the Catholic Church isn’t a denomination(”of the name”). You are correct that none of the denominations (i.e. protestants, et al) have marriage as a sacrament in the same way, as far as I humbly know.
R E Ryder
Department of Endocrinology, Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham. During 20-22 September Manchester is to host the 1993 follow up to last year's "earth summit" in Rio de Janeiro. At that summit the threat posed by world overpopulation received considerable attention. Catholicism was perceived as opposed to birth control and therefore as a particular threat. This was based on the notion that the only method of birth control approved by the church--natural family planning--is unreliable, unacceptable, and ineffective. In the 20 years since E L Billings and colleagues first described the cervical mucus symptoms associated with ovulation natural family planning has incorporated these symptoms and advanced considerably. Ultrasonography shows that the symptoms identify ovulation precisely. According to the World Health Organisation, 93% of women everywhere can identify the symptoms, which distinguish adequately between the fertile and infertile phases of the menstrual cycle. Most pregnancies during trials of natural family planning occur after intercourse at times recognised by couples as fertile. Thus pregnancy rates have depended on the motivation of couples. Increasingly studies show that rates equivalent to those with other contraceptive methods are readily achieved in the developed and developing worlds. Indeed, a study of 19,843 poor women in India had a pregnancy rate approaching zero. Natural family planning is cheap, effective, without side effects, and may be particularly acceptable to the efficacious among people in areas of poverty.
Its a chicken-and-egg argument. In some cases, couples practice NFP because of a deep preexisting commitment to Christian principles.
In some cases, couples practice NFP because of baser motives (couples where the wife almost died from blood clots from the Pill, for instance.)
The deeply committed couples are drawn to NFP, but NFP itself does indeed build relationships and helps them grow deeper.
And last but not least, it is a sacrifice to practice NFP, and God provides Grace to those couples willing to make that sacrifice out of love for Him and His Natural Law.
That Grace builds and saves marriages.
We taught NFP for ten years, and used it briefly when we had grave reason for recourse to it (the only circumstances where NFP is morally licit, as the Church teaches.)
I can state unequivocally that the communication required to successfully practice NFP builds stronger marriages. I saw it in our own marriage, and witnessed it in the dozens of couples we taught over the years.
That will naturally help prevent divorce.
I posted my mom’s humorous observation as an anecdotal ‘first person’ response to NFP. Granted her experience was 50 years ago.
But even in your reply, the quoted piece says, ‘ 93% of women everywhere can identify the symptoms’, the implication is that 7% cannot identify symptoms. Allowing for errors (if we generously say 3%), that means a one-in-ten failure rate. Given the stakes (a human life) I think that that’s a risky game to be playing.
But the bottom line is that it is open to Life, and therefore far more open to God's Will. Especially when compared to barrier and hormonal contraceptives!
In comparison, all barrier methods have a 5 to 15% failure rate and even the Pill is no better than NFP. The Pill and all other hormonal contraceptives are abortifacient, and therefore verboten to any committed Christian, and barrier methods are much less effective than NFP.
So where's the debate for a committed Christian?
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Oh, I missed that. "Her experience" likely refers to the rhythm method then, not NFP. No comparison.
Most pregnancies during trials of natural family planning occur after intercourse at times recognised by couples as fertile...Indeed, a study of 19,843 poor women in India had a pregnancy rate approaching zero.
If poor illiterate women in India can achieve a failure rate approaching zero, think what educated motivated Americans could do.
By the way, I don't like referring to pregnancy while using NFP as a "failure." I see it as God's Will for that couple at that time in their life.
I may be wrong but I believe in order to petition for an annulment in the Catholic Church one must already be civilly divorced.
I have 3 children, and cringe at the thought of losing any of them, naturally. I would think that it would definitely leave a deep wound and that a scar would remain on the family even after the wound healed. The loss of that child would always be felt, even if the pain is in the background.
However, divorce is the family killer! I have seen that within my own family. The repercussions are endless to all family members, including the extended family. It's worse than a rock being thrown in a pound that causes a ripple effect. I equate it to a fault line under the water that moves constantly causing tsunamis. Some of the tsunamis aren't major, but there is always a huge tsunami threatening on the horizon. The pain just does not end.
But divorce is itself a grave violation of Natural Law. The temporal consequences of gravely violating Natural Law will always be more damaging to the family unit.
I do wish that people would take the Sacrament of Marriage more seriously. Failure is not an option. It is a “permanent” commitment. It is just not looked at that way. That is the root of the problem!
I am glad to here about the “positive” results of NFP, but I do not think that I understand the concept. Is the goal to not have a child? I have read through some of the posts in this thread and it appears that a child is equated to a failure, this does not appear to line up with “children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward”. Why work against God’s reward?
Like I said, I may not understand the concept...My wife and I were told we would not have children by three different doctors and after leaving it in God’s hands we now have seven, and will accept more if it is God’s will.
I agree, see my post # 38. I stated,
By the way, I don't like referring to pregnancy while using NFP as a "failure." I see it as God's Will for that couple at that time in their life.
Thank you for your reply. I think I have a better understanding of NFP now and would agree with what you have described. I myself have never even considered “timing” things to even know when my wife would be fertile...but then again the doctors tell me she is not fertile...except for the seven children...
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