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John J. Jakubczyk has been active in the Pro-Life Movement since 1975.  He served as President of Arizona Right to Life, Arizona's largest, oldest and strongest pro-life organization.  He was on the board of AzRTL for many years and now acts as the Arizona delegate to the National Right to Life Committee.  As the founder and president of Southwest Life & Law Center, he continues to use his legal skills to assist in advising, counseling and defending women, children, pro-life activists, organizations, as well as victims of abortion. A national speaker, motivator and adviser since the 1980s, he is very familiar with the history of the movement at the national level.   A founder and past president of Ville de Marie Academy, he served as a trustee for 15 years.  He has been an attorney in private practice for 35 years, is active in his church, married, the father of 11 children, and a proud grandfather.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

New York Times attacks NFP and marriage.

One can always predict the fears of the Left by looking at what the New york Times chooses to attacks. In its July 8, 2011 edition, the Times sets its sights on Natural Family Planning by writing about a couple who blame their failed marriage and subsequent actions on NFP.

Titled, An Evolving View of Natural Family Planning the article attempts to put NFP in a bad light because two people used it for a while and it did not work to their expectations.

Not knowing all of their history and realizing that every couple has different struggles, it is not the purpose of this post to speak to those difficulties that led to the couple's divorce and their abandonment of their "Evangelical" Christian roots for a more liberal expression of protestant Christianity. We can only pray that in their journey, each of them will find both Christ's mercy and truth. Obviously, based on the article they both are confused and need prayers. You all know that I can only recommend the Roman Catholic Church as the complete fullness of that mystery.

I will say though that their comments about NFP being bad for a marriage is only a reflection of their failure to properly apply the role of God on one's life and not something He designed to bring a couple closer together.

But my reason for writing is to address the need by the New York Times to gratuitously attack the NFP experience and to present some anecdotal story as a reason for why NFP should be rejected in favor of the contraceptive mentality that has more than failed the last two generations. Many of us who simply trusted in Our Lord to be our family planned during those child bearing years gained much from the knowledge that promotion of NFP provided. And yes, many will discuss that day-to-day challenges and difficulties of living that healthy, environmentally friendly, chemically free lifestyle.

However the article did not even attempt to present another viewpoint or even to suggest the benefits of those "unplanned" children the couple had during their marriage.

The assault on marriage continues on all fronts. The most important thing that we all can do is to live our lives consistent with God's will and to those who are married realize that we are all examples to our children and everyone else seeking to understand this mystery we call life.