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Church promotes Billings method

Course aims to help couples avoid unwanted pregnancy, respect one another

Catholics attending the course on the Billings method Catholics attending the course on the Billings method
  • ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Vietnam
  • May 18, 2011
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The archdiocese in southern Vietnam is giving free courses on the Billings method of natural family planning to local Catholic couples who want to be responsible parents.

Marie Tran Tu Chuong, who has been married for one year but is not pregnant, said doctors tell her it is difficult for her to get pregnant as she is old.

She and her husband do not know when the peak period of conception is, the 38-year-old woman noted.

“We decide to attend a course on the Billings method hoping to have a child,” Chuong said.

They were among 20 people who attended the first course, organised on May 15 by Ho Chi Minh city archdiocese’s Committee for Family at the Pastoral Center in Ho Chi Minh city.

Father Louis Nguyen Anh Tuan, head of the committee, said the free course aims "to help couples avoid unwanted pregnancy, respect one another and decide issues relating to their children."

“The course is helpful for me and my boyfriend. We are going to get married at the end of this year,” Mary Nguyen Anh Tuyet said. They were taught how to avoid unplanned pregnancy by abstaining from sex, not using contraceptive pills, she added.

Peter Nguyen Duc Hieu, who taught the course, said many local Catholics do not know the Billings so they use condoms and contraceptive pills that are against canon law. Many others have to have abortions that damages their reproductive health, he noted.

Hieu said the Billings method has been taught to Catholics in 10 dioceses during the past three years.

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