So, what makes the Natural Family Planning method acceptable is it's inherently more open to technical failure?
No. Because it does integrate the whole person. So contraception goes in technologically to change the hormonal makeup of your body --
What about condoms? Condoms don't do that.
Well, condoms just do the same thing mechanically. So you don't really have the union, because you're not actually touching. You know, it's like, I'm going to hug you, but let me put on a body suit first. I love you, but I don't actually want you to touch me.
In different ways, contraceptives operate to truncate the giving and receiving of love, through the giving and receiving of all of yourself. And the way that natural family planning is different is because, even though you do have some control over your fertility, that's appropriate because we are spiritual beings. We have freedom... human considerations of, can you give yourself to a child right now to love and educate them for their lives, and your life [matter]... when you're using natural family planning, you don't have sex when you're fertile. And so it respects the natural order of things. You have to accept that sacrifice, and you have to talk about it, so communication is kept open. Your husband will know everything about, like, where your body is... with NFP you're always paying attention to human ecology. The whole system is in play… when you actually follow it like you're supposed to, [NFP] has like upper 90s effectiveness -- like 97% or something. It's very competitive with other forms of birth control.