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Natural family planning growing in popularity

Centacare Adelaide's Natural Fertility Services has reported a dramatic increase in the number of engaged couples seeking natural family planning education.

The Southern Cross reports the service saw a 60% jump from 2001 to 2002 and a further 180% increase from 2002 to 2003.

"The most striking aspect of the increase is in the motivation they arrive with," senior educator Denise McGinn said.

"Few are arriving with an understanding that this is the family planning method approved by the church. They have made their decision based on their values of respect for their bodies and respect for each other."

Mrs McGinn said while the increase was consistent with a surprisingly high representation of young people at last year's Humanae Vitae seminar series conducted by the archdiocese, she believed many of the young couples seeking advice on natural family planning were too young to remember Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical.

"There does seem to be a resurgence of people's interest in natural alternatives and options, so [it's hard to determine] whether they are coming from that perspective, or whether they are interested in what the church teaching is on natural family planning."

Natural Family Planning Education is offered in South Australia by both Centacare and Billings Family Life Centre.

Natural family planning growing in popularity (Southern Cross May 2004)

Centacare Adelaide
Australian Council of Natural Family Planning

6 May 2004