Dr. Mary Martin, M.D, Refuses to Prescribe
Contraceptives (Part I of II)
Dugan, Sooner Catholic
CITY- At least one Catholic doctor believes that the reason
American society is obsessed with the contraceptive pill is
because it has been brainwashed by big pharmaceutical
companies. These companies have been successful in pushing
their agenda into America’s medical schools. Doctors now
prescribe the pill not only to prevent pregnancy but also to
treat many gynecological problems. Unfortunately, the pill
treats only the symptoms, not the underlying conditions,
this natural planning doctor contends.
are fewer than 50 natural family planning doctors in North
America. The state of Oklahoma has two. One is in Tulsa; the
other, Dr. Mary Martin, has been practicing in the
Oklahoma City area since January 2004.
coming to Oklahoma, Martin practiced obstetrics, gynecology,
infertility, and Natural Family Planning (NFP) outreach in
Hammond, Indiana, at Saint Margaret Mary Health
A job with
Renaissance Physicians of Midwest City brought her here from
Indiana. All Renaissance Physicians, including Martin, are
Board Certified or board eligible.
Renaissance Physicians were looking for someone to fill a
niche for a more natural approach to fertility, gynecology,
and childbirth, Martin said. She answered their
Martin has not
always been a supporter of NFP. Although a cradle Catholic,
in 1995 when she started her practice in Warrenton,
Virginia, she routinely prescribed contraceptives. In 1999,
that suddenly changed as she underwent a conversion
experience. She said a Catholic priest in the Confessional
made it her penance to research whether contraceptive agents
could cause abortions. Martin said she was shocked to find
out that, yes, contraceptives do have the potential to do
just that. She immediately stopped prescribing contraceptive
agents for any reason.
Contraceptives Do Not Suppress Ovulation Reliably
As part of her
research, Martin observed first hand, via ultrasound, that
contraceptive agents do not suppress ovulation, reliably.
“The failure rate of the pill is roughly 10 percent,” Martin
said. She cites the Trussel study from the 1995 National
Survey of Family Growth.
woman, who is on birth control pills becomes pregnant, “the
contraceptive makers always blame the woman and say she has
not been careful enough in taking the medicines, but the
data is clear,” Martin said. “I observed still developing
follicles, (egg cells) and ovulation in women on the pill,
as witnessed by ultrasound.”
contraceptive companies say that ovulation does not occur.
And perhaps that was the case when the amount of hormones in
contraceptives was much higher. But the amount of hormones
in birth control pills has steadily decreased, and the new
low-dose formulations certainly do not always suppress
ovulation, Martin said.
troublesome is what it says on the package of
contraceptives. It states that the endometrium [the lining
of the uterus] is thinned by hormones in the contraceptives
to prevent the implantation of a baby. [In other words, if
ovulation does occur and results in pregnancy, the baby will
be prevented from surviving.] In my mind, this is the same
as an early chemical abortion. If that only happened one
time in my career, I wouldn’t want to be responsible,”
Infertile Couples Are Never Properly Diagnosed
Martin said she
is also concerned about couples with infertility problems.
“Most infertile couples are never properly diagnosed. They
are simply told their best chance of having a baby is in
vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF is not only prohibitively
expensive, very invasive, and not covered by most
insurances, but it is also morally suspect,” she said.
of her Catholic faith teaching, Martin does not believe that
physicians should insert themselves into the creative act.
She believes that is exactly “what doctors do when they
separate the marital act from fertilization by IVF and other
assisted reproductive technology (ART). I respect the
marital act. I’m not going to intrude on that,” she
doctor involved with in vitro fertilization asks the husband
to collect a sperm sample, and then, the doctor retrieves
the woman’s eggs through artificial means. The egg and sperm
are combined in a test tube or Petri dish. The resulting
embryos are graded and frozen or simply thrown away. “How
are the husband and wife co-creators with God in this?”
Martin asks. “It’s completely a laboratory
obstetricians and gynecologists in the U.S., Martin uses the
research of several doctors in Australia to help her treat
infertility and other gynecologic disorders. One of these
methods is the Billings Ovulation Method.
Ovarian Monitor” was developed by Professor James Brown of
Melbourne, Australia. He is an Australian PhD., bioengineer
who has done foundational work in human reproduction,”
Martin said. “He developed bioassays, which are a way to
measure the hormones in the blood stream and
associated with two other Australian physicians, Doctors Lyn
and John Billings, a husband-and-wife team, also from
Melbourne. A priest, Father Maurice Catarinich, had asked
the couple if there were a scientific way to determine when
a woman is fertile. The Calendar-Rhythm method of NFP was
unreliable, and Father Catarinich hoped that a more
dependable, natural method could be developed.
Billingses had discovered in the early 1960s that changes in
cervical/vaginal mucus indicated when ovulation had
occurred, ovulation being the time in a woman’s cycle when
she is most fertile. Dr. Brown, soon thereafter, developed
bioassays. In the past 50-plus years, over one million of
these hormone assays, or tests, have proven that, as the
Billingses had discovered, changes in cervical mucus
correlate exactly with ovulation.
1960s, the Billingses and Dr. Brown joined with Dr. Erik
Odelblad, M.D., PhD., who Martin said was considered the
world’s foremost expert on the cervix and cervical mucus.
His work tested what the Billingses had suspected and Brown
had proved: it is the pattern of change in the mucus symptom
that indicates that ovulation has taken place. Doctors can
now use these findings to help parents plan families and aid
women with infertility problems, without using IVF or
artificial contraception,” Martin said.
Brown and Odelblad had been on pharmaceutical teams that
developed the contraceptive pill,” Martin said. “Neither are
Catholics, but both saw the potential for misuse of the
birth control pill; Now, in their mid 80s, both are still
actively researching. The Billingses, who are Catholics, put
their lives into the science on which modern NFP is based,”
corresponds regularly with both Brown and Odelblad. These
scientists do not publish in the United States; they prefer
European journals, such as British Medical Journal and
Lancet. Odelblad, a Swede, prefers Acta Scandanavia, a
Swedish journal. Both Brown and Odelblad have collaborated
with the World Health Organization throughout their careers,
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