HHS did not respond to CNA’s request for comment prior to publication.
Grace Emily Stark, the editor of Natural Womanhood, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting fertility awareness and fertility charting as essential tools for women’s health, said that she had been in touch with ADF about the lawsuit.
“What’s at stake here is this coverage being rescinded not only for couples to learn fertility awareness for family planning purposes, but also for women to use it for infertility diagnosis, for cycle issue diagnosis and treatment,” she told CNA. “It’s really disheartening.”
Stark criticized the Biden administration for limiting women’s choices not only for family planning but also for identifying reproductive health issues.
“Doctors, like Dr. Cami Jo, who are knowledgeable of fertility awareness methods and restorative reproductive medicine are able to use the information from women cycle charting along with some different diagnostic testing and that sort of thing to actually heal women rather than just put them on kind of this Band-Aid solution of birth control, or, in the case of infertility, IVF,” she said.
Stark explained that, unlike outdated methods like the rhythm method, modern methods rely on “real-time data” by tracking biomarkers that indicate when a woman can or cannot become pregnant.
“Where the Natural Family Planning part of it comes in is where you then use that information to prayerfully discern how and when you’re going to grow your family,” she explained.
Online, Natural Womanhood stresses the low failure rate for various methods, while noting the difference between “typical use” and “perfect use.”
“The most important thing to hammer home is that these methods — if you really care about giving women choice when it comes to family planning and when it comes to their reproductive health — why would you be taking off the table coverage for methods that are as effective or more effective than what you’re already covering?” she asked.