Contraception harms God's design
for married love and the gift of life
"The question of human procreation, like every other question which touches human life, involves more than the limited aspects specific to such disciplines as biology, psychology, demography or sociology. It is the whole man and the whole mission to which he is called that must be considered: both its natural, earthly aspects and its supernatural, eternal aspects. And since in the attempt to justify artificial methods of birth control many appeal to the demands of married love or of responsible parenthood, these two important realities of married life must be accurately defined and analyzed." (Humanae vitae, 7)
"Therefore We base Our words on the first principles of a human and Christian doctrine of marriage when We are obliged once more to declare that the direct interruption of the generative process already begun and . . . all direct abortion, even for therapeutic reasons, are to be absolutely excluded as lawful means of regulating the number of children. Equally to be condemned, as the Magisterium of the Church has affirmed on many occasions, is direct sterilization, whether of the man or of the woman, whether permanent or temporary." (Humanae vitae, 14)
Similarly excluded is any action which either before, at the moment of, or after sexual intercourse, is specifically intended to prevent procreation—whether as an end or as a means. (Humanae vitae, 14)
On this page are resources that can be helpful in your ministry to educate about the immorality of contraception and its harm to married couples and society.
Please also visit the Pro-Life Committee's page on Conscience Protection to stay updated on USCCB efforts regarding the unjust HHS contraception/sterilization mandate.
To learn about the ethical methods of Natural Family Planning, please visit usccb.org/nfp.