I thought of this while reading the other NFP thread and wondered if I am off my rocker or what.
A few weeks ago, while waiting to pick up a prescription, I saw a ginormous package for sale behind the pharmacy counter that was called “Ovulation Predictor”. It cost $200. I believe it worked with saliva?? My eyesight isn’t all that great so I couldn’t see if it was a one time thing, or something you could use again and again, but I started thinking:
Why isn’t something like this available to Catholic families, at a reasonable price? Why don’t we use the vast resources of the Church to make it EASY for couples to naturally plan their families. Note that I’m not saying that NFP is hard but the perception is that it is, and that is the reason that many Catholics shun it. I think I read somewhere that 90% of Catholics use ABC…how many more would use it if they had a quicker or less messy or more reliable (or pick your objection that people currently use)?
The idea, in my mind, should be that we use our resources to make it as easy as we can for people to not sin.
I would like to see the Church hire scientists to come up with a method and an apparatus to determine fertility that is accurate and cheap.
To me, the equivalent would be if the Church was saying, Know the Bible and the Catechism but there were no printing presses and only certain people had the drive and the wherewithal to obtain a Bible and the rest had to do the best that they could and if they were not particularly driven in the first place, just flat out sin.
I know this is not a perfect analogy but I hope you know what I mean.
Incidentally, I am an infertile woman who charted for about a year in the hopes of becoming pregnant. I know the ins and outs of what is involved. While it is not all that time consuming or difficult, I do believe that with some properly funded research an even better and easier method could be developed. Now, I don’t use NFP at all (we have never conceived on our own, but would certainly welcome it if it happened!) and have always felt a little sad about that. I think I would be one of those people who embraced it and saw the beauty in it.
Some people don’t, though, and rather than turning a blind eye to their confusion, I think it would be better to give them an alternative.
What do you think?