[quote="JeraldW, post:2, topic:310272"]
Because you arn't breaking anything in your body.
NFP: Uses the NATURAL fertile and infertile periods that GOD himself created. Still open to life, as one is still subject to the God-ordained natural functions.
Artificial Contraception: Uses UNATURAL means by actually MUTALATING and "breaking" a the aformentioned natural rhythms of a woman's body.
The term Natural Family Planning is misleading - The Church's teaching on contraception isn't really based on natural/artificial. Likewise, contraception is a better term to use than artificial birth control. If it were just a matter of natural vs. artificial, coitus interruptus (withdrawl) would be okay, but it's not.
[quote="gingerly, post:1, topic:310272"]
One of the things bothering me as of late is NFP use. I think NFP to help treat medical issues in women is great and it does help. A lot of women have doctors forcing immoral treatments on them (contraceptives) and NFP is good for treatment because it helps with tracking hormones.
Forcing is never good, but when used appropriately for health problems, the Pill and other forms of hormonal birth control are not immoral.
NFP doesn't treat anything. It might help identify certain issues though.
However, I cannot in good conscience use it for birth control use because I see nothing in the Church's history saying family planning is acceptable.
Not everything can be settled by looking at the Church's history. The Church's teachings on birth control are more based on natural law.
Sure, there was a pope who did say family planning was okay from time to time, but his words were fallible. He wasn't making an infallible statement and I've read enough to know NFP is preventing pregnancy. Preventing pregnancy is the same thing as using the pill, or a condom. How is having couples deliberately avoiding sex during their fertile times any different from withholding your fertility all the time with condoms, the pill, shots, the patch, etc.?
It would be more accurate to say NFP avoids pregnancy rather than prevents pregnancy. There is a small distinction....think about it for a minute: avoid vs prevent.
You are looking at the mindset/intentions of the couple using NFP and the couple using contraception. In Humanae Vitae, JPII acknowledges that the intentions may be the same. The difference is in the way they are having sex. If you were a fly on the wall in the couple's bedroom who uses condoms, you would know they were rendering that sex act infertile. Their sex would not be done the way God intended, so the Church says. If you were a fly on the wall in the couple's bedroom who do not use contraception, you would not know if it is an infertile time or a fertile time. The sex would be done the same way - the way God intended. That's the difference. It's not their sex life in general or their intentions with regards to family planning that are the [main] issues. It is the way they do it that matters. It's gotta be like nature intended. Err...I mean, God intended. According to the Church.