Even condoms and birth control pills require users to exhibit a certain amount of self-control. When not used correctly and consistently every time, typical use failure rates are 17 percent and 9 percent respectively. Simply put, with typical use, 17 percent of women whose partners use condoms as their primary method of birth control will become pregnant within 12 months, as will typically 9 percent of women on the pill (due to less than perfect compliance). Such failures explain why contraception invariably leads to unintended pregnancy and abortion.
Many Catholics understand what the Administration apparently does not, namely, that happily married couples who practice NFP have more and better sex than those who contracept – this despite taking a few days off each month. Moreover, their healthy sex lives are free from illness, disease, and the dangerous consequences of contraceptive drugs. Finally, the marriages of these NFP practitioners nearly always last for a lifetime, and are open to the joy of new life.
It’s too bad that none of Sandra Flukes’s Catholic professors at Georgetown Law had the courage to tell her that there was a better way.
Steven W. Mosheris the President of the Population Research Institute and the author of Population Control: Real Costs, Illusory Benefits.