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Catholic Relief Services CEO emphasizes NFP promotion

July 19, 2013

In a column in the forthcoming issue of Our Sunday Visitor, the president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services emphasizes the organization’s promotion of natural family planning.

The US bishops’ international relief and development agency has faced criticism for its associations with organizations that promote contraception and abortion.

“As a Catholic organization, we see the sacredness and dignity of the human person as a foundational principle of our fight against global poverty,” writes Carolyn Woo. “Natural family planning offers women in the developing world a way to space births that respects life. More time between pregnancies helps prevent mothers from dying during labor and improves the chances that babies will be born healthy and thrive.”

“The Gospel of Life is a thread that runs through the breadth of work CRS does, respecting and protecting human life from conception until natural death,” she adds. “In the past five years, CRS has supported at least 16 projects around the world that have integrated natural family planning into larger health programs, including those that focus on maternal and child health.”


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