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Birth Control

Abstinence Education

Birth Control Pill

Church Documents

  • Humanae Vitae

    Encyclical Letter of Pope Paul VI: The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. Read more...

  • Donum Vitae

    Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation - Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Read more...

  • Casti Connubii

    Encyclical of Pope Pius XI on Christian Mariage: How great is the dignity of chaste wedlock, Venerable Brethren, may be judged best from this that Christ Our Lord, Son of Read more...

Depo Provera

Environmental Effects

History

IVF and Artificial Insemination

NFP

Overpopulation Myth

Birth Control

Quotes

  • “Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.”

    – Pope Paul VI (Humanae Vitae)
  • “No Christian married couple can want to block the well-springs of life. For their love is based on the love of Christ, which entails dedication and sacrifice. . . Moreover, as Tobias reminded Sara, a husband and wife know that ‘we are children of saints, and we cannot come together in the way of the gentiles, who do not know God.’”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “I am supposing, then, although you are not lying [with your wife] for the sake of procreating offspring, you are not for the sake of lust obstructing their procreation by an evil prayer or an evil deed. Those who do this, although they are called husband and wife, are not; nor do they retain any reality of marriage, but with a respectable name cover a shame. Sometimes this lustful cruelty, or cruel lust, comes to this, that they even procure poisons of sterility [oral contraceptives] . . . Assuredly if both husband and wife are like this, they are not married, and if they were like this from the beginning, they come together not joined in matrimony, but in seduction.”

    – St. Augustine
  • “The way to plan the family is Natural Family Planning, not contraception. In destroying the power of giving life, through contraception, a husband or wife is doing something to self. This turns the attention to self and so destroys the gift of love in him or her. In loving, the husband and wife must turn the attention to each other. Once that living love is destroyed by contraception, abortion follows very easily.”

    – Mother Teresa

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