Chicago-area OB/GYNs Follow Catholic Teaching
“Our Catholic faith allows us to offer superior care to women…”
The practitioners at Downers Grove OB/GYN serve women with respect for the teaching of the Catholic Church. By doing this, they believe they can offer better care than practices which rely on contraceptives and artificial reproductive technologies. Robert Lawler, M.D. was gracious enough to answer our questions for this exclusive interview.
Tell me about your current practice in Downers Grove, and the services you offer to women and families. Do you have a mission statement?
We strive to offer superior healthcare for women of all ages. This mission begins in late adolescence, when education is vital as a young woman enters her reproductive years. It is during this time when questions surrounding normal female physiology and anatomy are addressed. It also is a time to promote abstinence. Then we enter into the family years and we offer complete care for normal and high-risk obstetrical patients, holding firm to our belief that life begins at conception. The transitional years follow where we can offer therapies to ease the passage into menopause. We offer all these services with in the confines of our Catholic faith.
Zealous for the Truth… For a Reason
He’s a zealous advocate for Catholic couples faithful to the Church’s teaching of NFP.
Father Matthew Habiger is a moral theologian, who believes that influential movements begin with one good person at a time. His current goal is to raise the number of Catholic ob-gyns who teach NFP from one percent to five percent, saying:
“Of Catholic gynecologists, only one percent is with us… That’s pathetic. The other 99 percent are part of the problem. A couple hears about God’s plan from their pastor but then goes to their Catholic ob-gyn and gets prescribed the pill. If our main allies aren’t doing what they are supposed to, we aren’t going to go very far.”
Teaching Couple Busy With Naperville NFP Intro Classes
Part of Joliet-area Parish Pre-Cana Program
If you think Natural Family Planning is a hidden secret among engaged couples, that’s not true for at least one parish in the Joliet, IL diocese.
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in downtown Naperville require all who marry there to take the first of a series of three NFP classes. The introductory class is held once a month. The Couple to Couple League (CCL) is now one of the organizations giving these sessions.
CCL Teaching Couple Chris and Debbie Lillig now teach three times as many of these first classes as the entire three-part series.
In its wedding planning section, the parish website states,