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Linacre Q. 2014 Aug;81(3):286-94. doi: 10.1179/2050854914Y.0000000028.

How Humanae vitae has advanced reproductive health.

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Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH, USA.


By encouraging doctors and scientists to improve the regulation of births through the observation of natural fertility rhythms, Humanae vitae promoted the development of natural family planning (NFP). The study of NFP has lead to NFP-based methodologies in reproductive healthcare that are promoting advances in treatment of infertility, miscarriage, and a number of reproductive health disorders. In contrast, the contraceptive mentality has stunted the development of reproductive healthcare. Humanae vitae has provided a great gift to science and reproductive healthcare that all Catholics should be proud of.


Contraception; Humanae vitae; In vitro fertilization; Naprotechnology; Natural family planning

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