The European Court (§ 106 of a recent ruling regarding forced sterilization) noted that “sterilization constitutes a major interference with a person’s reproductive health status. As it concerns one of the essential bodily functions of human beings, it bears on manifold aspects of the individual’s personal integrity including his or her physical and mental well-being and emotional, spiritual and family life”
Contraception is nothing less than a temporary sterilization of the reproductive system. If a woman or couple consents to it does it make the interference with the person’s reproductive health status any less? How much of an informed consent is there by the public when they are never informed about the alternative of natural family planning?
Even if couples were made aware of natural family planning, unless they have sufficient understanding of the mechanisms of it, it remains not a true choice. Take a couple’s wish to travel from A to B. They can either go by car, train or plane. However, if they do not know how to drive a car, then the car option is realistically excluded for travel. The couple makes a choice between the train or the plane. Both of these have someone else in the driving seat tough.
Simply knowing about the existence of NFP is not sufficient to make it a choice for a couple. They need to have an experience with it in order to be able to include it into their choice of family planning. We have a one hour DVD which introduces the concept. Against a deposit one can borrow it for a month to watch at one’s leisure. Simply send a £20 deposit (made out to Life Hospital Trust) with your name and address to Life FertilityCare, 1 Mill Street, Leamington Spa, CV31 1ES. If the DVD comes back within one month, we return the cheque.