Clarifying the Facts: NFP Teacher Responds to Congressman Todd Akin
stress, like that suffered after rape, can do the same.
NFP practicing, women have concurred this to be a fact by recording the changes in their mucus, temperature and cervix. They have verified seeing prolonged periods of mucus which did at times shift back and forth between more, less, and then more fertile. There are documented charts that exhibit extended days of lower range temperatures, which the individual women noted as uncharacteristic for their cycles and as occurring during cycles in which they experienced unusual stress.
So, while I do not wish to jump into the political fray over whether or not Senator Akin should stay or go, I think it is important to clarify the point he was trying to make. Rape is rape, there is nothing to debate there, but the female body does indeed have the ability, when under duress, to delay ovulation.
Of course, no one can know ahead of time how the body will react. There are indeed circumstances when a woman has been raped and still her body ovulated and conceived a child. Perhaps, she was already at the day of ovulation when the attack occurred. The how and the why are unknowns, suffice it to say, that a woman's body can indeed delay ovulation when under stress/trauma, but sometimes it does not.
The incidence of pregnancy conceived in rape is low, but regardless of that statistical number, a child has the right to life. Truly, that is the fact which we should not lose sight of in the midst of this debate.
Tara K. E. Brelinsky is a home schooling mother of seven living children with six more heavenly ones who intercede. Married to her childhood sweetheart, they make their home in North Carolina where they teach Natural Family Planning, grow a garden, raise two dogs, a cat and a bunch of chickens. Tara studied journalism a lifetime ago in college, but now she writes for the the glory of God.
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General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
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