Analyze that name. Doesn’t planning involve information with which to decide what course of action to take?

Does anyone in the organization ever challenge that concept, and the
fact that Planned Parenthood has fought every state effort to pass laws
governing informed consent in abortion clinics? And the fact that, as a
former PP executive director who left the business and joined the
pro-life cause revealed, they are getting increasingly pressured to encourage abortion for their patients because that’s where the money is…?

Well this Planned Parenthood director is challenging the failure to live up to the claim of giving women a choice, and more than one choice.

“In one of a pair of recent articles by major Canadian media
exploring how women are increasingly turning away from hormonal
contraception, the executive director for Sexual Health Access Alberta
(formerly known as Planned Parenthood Alberta), bemoans the lack of
information about natural family planning.”

I had to read that twice to believe I read it right the first time.

“The pill has served for decades as a symbol of the feminist push
for “reproductive freedom,” but in the most recent of the two articles,
published yesterday in Canwest papers across the country, the SHAA
director criticized the medical establishment for its pill-focused
approach to contraception.

“What I see in our communities is an absolute failure to move beyond
the idea that hormonal birth control is the be-all and end-all,” said
Laura Wershler. “What’s happening is we’re not developing support,
programs and advocacy for women looking for non-hormonal methods.”

“There’s this lack of knowledge and understanding within my own
field,” Wershler continued, referring to natural methods of birth
regulation that involve awareness about the woman’s reproductive cycle.
“Women are going to sexual-health clinics and being laughed off by the
doctors and clinics for looking for alternatives.”

This is an exceptional news article and a dynamic shift for women
and their health providers. The piece has good resources and info.

But there’s a whole realm of resources on natural family planning
out there. Once women – and couples – find it, they tend to realize
they’ve crossed a threshold that opened up new and positive experiences
in their health, and relationships.

This is some long-overdue good news.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....