Scientists Answer the Call

Humanae Vitae Giving Day *  *  * by Richard J. Fehring, PhD, RN, FAAN Pope Paul VI shocked the world on July 25th, 1968 with the release of the encyclical letter Humanae Vitae (HV), sometimes titled “On the Regulation of Birth.”  The reason that this short, 14-page document caused great commotion was that it did…

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Who was Margaret Sanger?

 Planned Parenthood. It generates contentious debate, but what about the hidden face behind the organization, the woman who created the movement? Who was Margaret Sanger? A relatively unknown name, Margaret Sanger was the founder of the American Birth Control League which is known today as Planned Parenthood. For those that passionately fight for or against…

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Birth Control Options [stink]

There isn’t a birth control option for women that doesn’t suck, and that’s a problem. This was the headline of a Cosmo article I came across (not linked because of the article’s distasteful language), and I have to say I wholeheartedly agree. The article was a first person account of a young woman who chose a Paraguard…

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Even The Onion Knows BC Options are a Joke

If you are familiar with The Onion, their headlines may give you a chuckle as you’re scrolling down your timeline. And if you’re not, perhaps they’ll give you a scare if you don’t immediately realize that it’s a satirical news site that pokes fun at what’s happening in the news. (My roommate was once a victim after an…

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Consider a 180 for Your Marriage

Have you ever done a complete 180 and changed your thinking about something to the opposite of what you originally thought? In our highly-charged political climate, that is often called a flip-flop and it is seen as negative or weak. But what if your flip-flop turns you away from something bad and toward something good?…

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Avoid the Complications…Try NFP

Ah, we’re into the beloved Christmas lights season. We love looking at them, but the time, effort and frustration that go into digging them out of storage and putting them up don’t make for such a holly jolly time. The complex web of birth control options and their worrisome side effects is as predictable and…

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Facing a Phase II Honeymoon

From the Family Foundations archives *     *     *     * For the many engaged couples enrolled in an NFP class, one of the biggest concerns is facing a honeymoon that falls during the fertile time of the cycle. That calls for a lot of prayerful discernment, especially if you were…

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Great Time for a Fresh Start

We are almost to the end of the Easter Octave and it’s time to look ahead. We’ve rolled away the stone that was Lent, have celebrated and rejoiced in the Resurrection, and now it is time to enter into a new beginning, a new life with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Just as Easter offers…

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Protection Against the Elements, Not Your Spouse

Happy Spring, everyone! The sun is creeping out and warmer weather looks like it’s here to stay, bringing spring into full swing. Spring also comes with that famous saying “April showers bring May flowers” (not a personal favorite one of mine…with an April birthday I wish it wasn’t associated with rain!). But now is the…

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Luck’s Got Nothing to do With It

On this feast of St. Patrick’s Day perhaps you are thinking about some of the luck in your life. Whether it be something small, like getting a good parking space or something larger, like being in the right place at the right time to meet your spouse. There are all sorts of luck (aka blessings!) to…

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