Sunday, June 21, 2009

Babies and the State

Fr. Peter Daly is the pastor of St. John Vianney parish in Prince Frederick, MD. He has a syndicated column that appears throughout the nation in Catholic newspapers. I read his most recent article in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's newspaper, The Catholic Telegraph. The article can be found here. Included with every marriage license in the state of Maryland is a brochure called "Family Planning: A Guide for You." The brochure can be found here. For further information, one of the contacts is Planned Parenthood of Maryland. The other is the Center for Maternal and Child Health, which is a department of the Maryland state government. The brochure mentions "fertility awareness methods" which would include Natural Family Planning. The brochure says, "If you need information on where to get services, check out the back of this brochure." However, neither Planned Parenthood nor the Center for Maternal and Child Health are sources where you will find out anything about "fertility awareness methods."

As Fr. Daly points out, such a brochure being given to married couples who are getting married seems inappropriate. Should the state be discouraging married couples from having children? Should the state be promoting Planned Parenthood to married couples? Why should married couples be informed about so-called "emergency contraception"?

Maryland should re-think this approach.

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