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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC ]LILY 21, 1991 rAGE 9 ny Deborah spitals ill oly Little Rock- q wish people were aware enedcof their options,', says Chris Oxner, RN. a dingcertified Natural Family Planning Pmcfitio- s ever rle -- -- r ano program Oarector at SL V'mcent Infirmary Medical Center. avoid She teaches the Ca-eighton Model ovula- aienUtion method of natural family planning, a ~rtionrnethod which carries no side effects from ann!.drugs or devices and which respects the qn ,te~ty and health of a wo ,,ma~'s body. Ls that 'it has a universal appeal, Oxner said, s wi@poinfing out that the method is not only a d a~.d reliable form of reproduction control, but r asst9 It also provides good indicators of a woman s ; health. aa The Creighton Method relies upon a sign - the discharge of cervical mucus -which is .=caus~ essential to human fertility. It is the most t thq precise of all natm-al birth control methods : do iJ because it does not rely upon variable fac- ~ tors, such as a woman's temperature, which lot can be influenced by unrelated physical done activity. When used properly, the method has repa~ been shown to be 99.6 percent effective in ce, ht aVoiding pregnancy. It relies upon an estro- Sating ge~d methodology which lends itself tremt to any stage of a woman's reproductive life. ial for "A woman doesn't have to have regular dmo O/des" to use the c adation method, says SVIMC" Chris Oxner (R) explains the NFP method to a young couple. Oxner, adding that the method offers a woman the feeling of being in control of her reproductive health without depen- dence on pills or devices~ "And we encourage couples," she says. 'Wlen are just as interested as women, and that's a real joy to see. This method brings couples closer together." In Ferfffity Appreciation, The Ovulation Method of Natural Fam~ ~ pub- lished by the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, the ovula- tion method is said to enhance one's sexu- aUW. 'q'he couple learns that true sexuality is spiritual, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional (SPICE). The use of natural fam- ily planning assists the couple in developing a balance to their sexual live " Oxner is currently working on making the program available to teens. 'q'he program teaches responsibility, health-oriented values, and generally a healthier state of mind and body," she says. "We want to teach teens how to say no." She says, the program avoids thinking in terms of "safe" and '"oad" days in human reproduction. ''We use 'fertile' and 'infer- file'. It's a true family planning method, used both to achieve and avoid pregnancy." Oxner says that the classes at SVIMC consist of an introductory session followed by eight individualized follow-up sessions over the course of 12 months. "At the end of the follow-up, we ask his and her opinions," she says. ''We want them to feel confident with the method." Oxner says the program also offers re- productive counseling and health screen- hag in the event of an unplanned pregnancy, and stresses quick medical care when the method reveals illness in a woman's body. She also stresses that the method is much more affordable than other reproductive control methods The cost for the program is $76, which covers ovulation method train- ing to lasta woman a lifetime (though yearly follow-up sessions, at $5, are recommended). 3ancyl ,su Dr. Willke to form m 'Life Issues Institute ~tecL ~r ter fld irr By Jennifer Roeden~eimer ~/of~ Cincinnati (CNS) ~ A new national ~Ath s group to "serve the educational needs of c ho~ tch fiatur neai~l m, h~ de t aot i~ thest tholi~ the pro-life move- ment" will be formed by the phy- sician who recently stepped down as head of the Na- tional Right to Life Committee. Dr. John C. W'dlke, who ended a ten-year-tem~ as director of the Na- Dr. dohn Willko fional Right to Life Committee in JUne, said the new group will target what he estimates are the ~ percent of Americans who are undedded or unsure of their stance on abortion. In a press conference in Cincinnati, where the Life Issues Institute will be based, Wdlke said the undecided group will have the greatest effect on abortion legislation. "It is the middle group of Americans which will ultimately determine the fate of the unborn and which must be educated on the abortion issue," he said. The gc~tl of the Life Issues Institute will be to develop an education strategy to "[)ring the unde- cided or confused to a finn and committed pro-life position on abortion and give the pro-life movement a clear majority to effect the necessmy social chmlge." Wdlke, a retired physician, said he be- lieves those in the "mushy middle" of the debate will be swayed to oppose abortion once they are presented with scientific facts about fetal development and the conse- quences of abortion. "If people don't know the humanity of the unborn, then they can be indifferent ~B " - about it," he said. ritain" from page 8 The formation of a new abortion oppo- "Put it side by side with the coverage and sition group does not reflect a rift with Comment about pit bull terriers (involved National Right to Life, W'dlke said. He de- ~i r] recently in attacks on humans) and you tided to establish an independent organi- begin to get some idea of how far we have zafion to ensure autonomy and appeal to morally decayed in terms of a ~asual atti- all types of voters, he said. is sli~ ~de to innocent, unborn human life," he "i think I will be more succ~ ifI don t ptin~ saidA baby does not change from no r~u- wear a hat or badge of a single pro-life pre[ organization," he said. "I will be able to talk orris/ rnan to human at the moment ofbirth, he to various groups across the entire spectnma, torr~ said. "Why should we uncritically swallow from religious to non-religious, Democrats the view that abortion is the best - almost by ~ automatic, course of action in these and similar circumstances?" ~ee~ Referring to a similar decision in 1981 : %hi Which allowed an abortion for a 15-year-old, ~bol~ ~ against her mother's wishes, he asked nat~ Wiaether the state qaas the right to deride Whether an innocent person lives or dies." ms d The recent ruling was based on specula- tion about the potential that giving birth aced Would physically harm the 12-year-old girl, s =~ the archbishop said, but induded no con- sideration of the implications for the "child ,~ f 20 weeks" she was bearing. to Republicans." Life Issues Institute also will take a politi- cal turn, seeking to "develop a plan to ex- pose (Planned Parenthood's) radical pro- abortion agenda and ultimately de-fired it," according to Wdlke. July: that 'religious communities may take up, with renewed enthusi- asm, their service to the Gospel in missionary activities. Pope John Paul II Mission Prayer Intention in the Catholic Directory. Call Ron for details, 664-0340,ext.326.