Posted by: Kevin | October 17, 2007

Family Planning or Plan on Having a Family?

My wife and I were married in a Catholic Church.  In order to do this, we were required to attend a couple of marriage prep classes over the course of a weekend.  It wasn’t all that bad.  We spent some time together and talked about how we viewed our life together.  What does stand out in my mind is the lecture on Natural Family Planning.

The lecture was led by a couple in their early to mid thirties with five children.  They discussed their practice of Natural Family Planning (NFP) and their 5 kids and the incidents of marital stress resulting from multiple pregnancies, post partum depression etc.  Their main point is that the children they had were an unqualified blessing.  They were less than convincing. 

My wife and I both left the lecture with the impression that Natural Family Planning = Naturally, Plan on having a Family and elected to use more effective means of birth control.  As an aside, we later shifted to drunken family planning, resulting in our three children.  We’ve since switched back to more effective means.

So why is my story relevant?  From the Washington Post:

The Bush administration again has appointed a chief of family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services who has been critical of contraception.

Susan Orr, most recently an associate commissioner in the Administration for Children and Families, was appointed Monday (Oct 15th) to be acting deputy assistant secretary for population affairs. She will oversee $283 million in annual grants to provide low-income families and others with contraceptive services, counseling and preventive screenings.

So she’s not a fan of contraception.  That doesn’t mean she’d actually try and deny contraceptives to low-income families, right?

In a 2001 article in The Washington Post, Orr applauded a Bush proposal to stop requiring all health insurance plans for federal employees to cover a broad range of birth control. “We’re quite pleased, because fertility is not a disease,” said Orr, then an official with the Family Research Council.

So she’s on record as opposing coverage for contraceptives.  She’s now in charge of a program which helps put contraceptives in the hands of low income women and families.  So when we get more pregnant women in desperate economic situations, will she go for broke and blame them for being irresponsible?  One can only wait and watch. 

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