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Resolution on Human Life Foundation

A Statement Issued by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops

November 20, 1975

1. Just over six years ago, the Human Life Foundation was established to encourage scientific research in natural family planning, and to promote educational efforts that would enable married couples to use responsibly those natural methods of family planning "whose safeness has been proven and whose harmony with the moral order has been ascertained (Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, #87). The foundation was the first of its kind in the entire world, and has played a major role in generating international interest and worldwide scientific research.

2. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops takes this occasion to recognize with approval and appreciation the dedicated work of the board of directors, the advisory committees, and the staff of the Human Life Foundation. We realize that those associated with the foundation have made generous sacrifices of time, energy, and personal interest to pursue the goals of the foundation, and we recognize the significant achievements that have resulted.

3. The work of the foundation is far from complete, and the accomplishments of the past generate a new spirit of confidence and a renewal of hope for future activities.

4. In recognition and appreciation of the work of the foundation, we pledge our continued support, encouragement, and collaboration to insure that the work so effectively begun will continue and lead to more successful achievements in the years ahead. The work of the Human Life Foundation, in which we are proud to have a part, will considerably advance the welfare of marriage and the family, by leading those who are skilled in the sciences—notably the medical, biological, social, and psychological—to pool their efforts in perfecting the natural methods of family planning so as to explain more thoroughly the various conditions favoring a proper regulation of births (cf., Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, #52).

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