Pioneer of natural fertility regulation dies

We give thanks to God for the life of Dr. Evelyn Livingston Billings.  Her work, together with her husband, has been a huge blessing to the pro-life movement around the world.  Eternal rest grant unto Evelyn, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul, through the mercy of God,rest in peace.  Amen.

Dr. Evelyn Livingston Billings, who together with husband Dr. John Billings founded the method of natural fertility regulation –  the Billings Ovulation Method (BOM) – died Saturday after a short illness. She was 95.

For half a century, the couple traveled the world – around 100 countries, some of them repeatedly – teaching and promoting BOM, a method of natural family planning, in faithfulness to Pope Paul VI’s call to “men (and women) of science (and) physicians (to) be obedient to the Lord’s call and to act as faithful interpreters of His plan.”

Billings was the author of the best-selling non-fiction book The Billings Method, first published in 1980.  Access to this book, published in 22 languages, made BOM a household name and gave hope to millions of couples throughout the world. .

In 2002 Drs. John and Evelyn Billings were jointly declared International Catholic Physicians of the Year by the International Catholic Federation of Medical Associations.

Couples in more than 100 countries bear testament to the wonderful work of this selfless woman and her husband. In China alone, where they trained thousands to teach their Method, a substantial drop in the abortion rate has been attributed to their work.


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