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Column: Women deserve better than typical reproductive care

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

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

by Ron Kelsey

We hear much in the national media about women’s “sexual and reproductive health.”

Planned Parenthood is the leader in the charge of this mantra, which it promotes very aggressively and with taxpayer funding. But what is really being promoted is the sexual license to engage in unrestricted sexual activity with the deceptive assumption of no consequences.

Of course, as we know, there are many very damaging consequences associated with this attitude, an attitude whereby women are not treated and loved as children of God, but rather as objects to be used. Women deserve better.

Tragically, this attitude has altered even the dominant approach to women’s reproductive health care by the medical profession, although not by all medical practitioners. This dominant approach is “neither reproductive (usually) nor healthy (often)” according to Dr. Thomas Hilgers, founder of the world-renowned Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, Neb. He states that in the last 40 to 50 years we have accepted a standard for the practice of reproductive medicine that “is an approach to medical care which is based upon treating symptoms but not the disease.”

It would be like treating a broken arm with aspirin and physical therapy rather than setting the broken arm and putting it in a cast. Additionally, fertility and pregnancy, which are normal and healthy conditions, are treated as diseases with cancer-causing artificial hormones as the predominant medicines prescribed. Surely, this defies common sense and is self-deception at an unbelievably stratospheric level. We must come back to our senses. Women deserve better.

Fortunately, there is a better approach to women’s reproductive health care. The Pope Paul VI Institute is internationally recognized for its outstanding achievements in the field of natural fertility regulation and reproductive medicine — 30 years of scientific research and educational program development; allied health professional education programs for couples and professionals; and professional, caring, and morally acceptable patient services. Archbishop Naumann serves on the advisory board of the institute.

Now the good news. The archdiocese is bringing the Pope Paul VI Institute to Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City, Kan., to conduct two seminars. The first seminar is on Fri., April 26, and is designed for clergy and medical professionals. The second seminar is on Sat., April 27, and is designed for the general public, including women and men, mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, and young women, age 13 and older.

This is a wonderful opportunity to become exposed to a countercultural approach to women’s reproductive health that is reproductive and healthy. Your family deserves this.

The cost for early registrations is only $15 and includes lunch. For seminar details and online registration, go to: www.ProLifeKC. com; contact Ron Kelsey at the archdiocesan pro-life office by email at: prolife@; or call (913) 647-0350.

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