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Column: Filling the knowledge gaps in women’s health care

Ron Kelsey is the archdiocesan consultant for the pro-life office. You can email him at: profile@archkck.org or call him at (913) 647-0350.

Ron Kelsey is the archdiocesan consultant for the pro-life office. You can email him at: profile@archkck.org or call him at (913) 647-0350.

by Ron Kelsey

Two seminars on women’s reproductive health care were held at the Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City, Kan., on April 26 and 27.

These very informative seminars were conducted by Dr. Catherine Keefe, an Ob/ Gyn surgeon with the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, Neb. During these seminars, it was discussed how women’s incomplete knowledge of their fertility cycle leads to difficulties, particularly in light of our culture. Society’s embrace of so-called sexual freedom leads to a contraceptive mentality and rejection of the natural state of women’s fertility. Fertility is predominantly regarded by the medical profession as a disease to be suppressed and destroyed. The HHS mandate expands the attack on women’s fertility to such an extreme that even our religious freedom is violated when it stands in the way.

Within the culture just described, it is easy to see how women’s incomplete knowledge of their fertility and gynecological system can be manipulated. Knowledge can position one to make good decisions, whereas lack of knowledge can lead to potentially disastrous consequences.

Without good information, women can easily be swept away on society’s tidal waves of cancer-causing hormonal contraceptives. Did you catch that? Yes, hormonal contraceptives are known carcinogens.

Oh, some will argue that contraceptives are effective in treating some forms of cancer, even though they may cause other cancers. Taking contraceptives to treat cancer is like playing Russian roulette, except that the pistol is loaded with five bullets rather than only one. And there are better choices. Pope Paul VI Institute has developed a new, morally acceptable science for women’s reproductive and gynecological health: NaPro technology (Natural Procreative Technology).

It incorporates the Creighton Model Fertility-Care System of natural family planning. NaProTechnology works cooperatively with a woman’s fertility and is not suppressive or destructive.

It also seeks to identify and correct underlying issues with the menstrual and fertility cycles, rather than only treat the symptoms. It is science directed toward maintaining good reproductive health.

Please help spread the word. There is no need for using hormonal contraceptives or in-vitro fertilization. Far superior and moral alternatives exist.

Fertility isn ot a disease. God’s first commandment to man was to “be fertile and multiply” (Gn 1:28). fertility is a gift from God, and there are natural, moral ways to treat this gift.

Education is part of the solution. Age-appropriate education is possible even for girls as young as those in seventh grade. Any such education should support the parents in their primary role as educators of their children. Education programs could be developed which assist parents in this education and should incorporate the principles of modesty, purity, chastity and the theology of the body.

Let’s fill in the existing gaps in education on women’s reproductive health care.

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