Rome honour for Australian Natural Family Planning pioneers
The couple who devised the Billings Ovulation method of Natural Family Planning, Drs John and Evelyn Billings, yesterday received an honorary doctorate in medicine from the University of Rome.
catholicireland.net reports that a spokesperson for WOOMB (World Organisation Ovulation Method Billings) said the event showed the growing commitment of universities to "recognising the scientific, medical, cultural and social value of natural methods and to promoting natural fertility regulation as a useful knowledge not only for responsible procreation (achieving, postponing or avoiding pregnancies), but also for safeguarding woman's reproductive health."
Married for 60 years, John and Evelyn Billings from Australia are internationally recognised for their outstanding accomplishments in the field of natural family planning and natural planning education. Together in 1953, they discovered the Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning - a method based upon the interpretation of the normally present cervical mucus discharge that accompanies ovulation.
In 1980, the World Health Organisation named the Ovulation method after them, Billings Ovulation Method, and it is now practised in over 120 countries by millions of women.
In 2002, they were jointly declared International Catholic Physicians of the Year by FIAMC (International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations) for their multiple visits over decades to more than 100 countries around the world.
After the ceremony yesterday, the couple took part in an international conference on "Science and Ethics for Responsible Procreation" which goes on until Saturday. The conference is organised by the four Roman Universities: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, La Sapienza University, Campus Biomedical University and Tor Vergata University, in co-operation with the Ministries for Health Care and Education.
Drs Billings get honorary degree in Italy (catholicireland.net 24/11/05)
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WOOMB - World Organisation Ovulatio Method Billings | Honorary degrees to be conferred on Drs John and Evelyn Billings
Billings Ovulation Method
Australian Council of Natural Family Planning
Honour for promoters of 'sacredness of the body' (CathNews 30/4/99)
Natural family planning growing in popularity (CathNews 6/5/04)
25 Nov 2005