Parents can judge their own situation best – in all its material, psychological and social dimensions. They should follow their own consciences in deciding whether to use artificial birth control or not.
When Pope Paul VI in 1968 repeated the traditional prohibition of using artificial birth control, many Bishops’ Conferences responded with care. They reminded their faithful that, after studying the Pope’s injunction, each person has the right and duty to follow his/her own conscience. Among them were the Bishops’ Conferences of Austria, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, West Germany and others.