Questioning the Status Quo of the Pill Changed Our Lives

Summer 2023

When my husband Zach and I married, like every one of my girlfriends, I began taking the birth control pill without hesitation. It was just something every young married woman did, like any other “to do” on the wedding planning checklist: book florist, select responsorial psalm, pick up birth control prescription… check, check, check! I had no idea what I was putting into my body, how it would affect my health, or why my Church was against it. It wasn’t until two years later when my partner at work began talking with me about NFP, that I decided to look further into the pill. It was the pill’s abortifacient nature that caused me to sign up for a Creighton information session, but the information my husband and I learned in that session changed our entire outlook on our bodies, our marriage, and our life.

I stopped taking the pill the day of that information session, and in addition to our NFP instruction book, Zach and I began reading everything about natural family planning we could get our hands on. This led us to St. Paul VI’s encyclical Humane Vitae, and then St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. My husband and I were floored by the wealth of wisdom contained in these works and they directly led to my husband’s decision to join the Church. In his words, “It made me think, ‘If the Catholic church is right about this, what else are they right about that I’ve been missing?’” Zach continued to study the teachings of the Church and received the sacraments ten years into our marriage.

As our oldest twin daughters approached puberty, we became more passionate about the need for NFP educators to reach out not only to engaged and married couples, but also to teens and other young people. A complete understanding of our fertility is something that everyone should have.

Being faithful with our fertility, working inside God’s design for our bodies without shutting off the potential blessings that God has waiting for our family, has been and continues to be a foundation for our marriage and further, for our entire household.

Katie Smith
SmithFamily
Katie Smith
SmithFamily

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Katie Smith
Katie Smith is now herself a FertilityCare Practitioner in the Sacramento region. She runs a busy house with her husband Zach and four adorably rambunctious kids.

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