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HUMANAE VITAE AT 50:
THE DAMAGE DONE

Index 1-Bans all contraception

Did you know about Humanae Vitae, the Vatican policy that bans all forms of modern contraception?

Index 2-HV Turning Point Pope Paul

Humanae Vitae marked a turning point for
the Catholic church, as Pope Paul VI rejected the theologically sound
findings of his own Papal Birth Control Commission in
favor of a turn to rigid orthodoxy. Having missed the
chance to craft a modern, compassionate sexual ethic
based on the individual consciences of Catholics, the
church found itself largely ignored on matters of
sex by its own faithful, which left it grasping for
other ways to enforce its teachings.

 

Index 3-Political Battle

What started off as a political battle within the Catholic hierarchy became a policy that has impacted the most vulnerable people globally for the last half century.

Index 4-99% Women

99%


of sexually active Catholic women in America have used a form of birth control the Vatican has banned at some point in their lives.

Index 5-How does this play out

So, how does this play out?
In the United States most women don’t know about it or ignore it. But in developing countries—especially where the Catholic hierarchy holds sway over government family planning policies—the impact of this ban has been deadly.

Index 6 – Polls

Index 7-HIV AIDS care

Approximately 25 percent of HIV & AIDS care throughout the world is provided by Catholic affiliated organizations, despite the Vatican’s ban on condoms as a prevention method.

Index 8-Damage Done Reports

[ezcol_1half]Humanae Vitae and the Damage Done: How the Vatican’s Ban on Birth Control Hurt the World.

While the Vatican ban on birth control is neither followed nor supported by everyday Catholics, the Catholic hierarchy has insisted on making it policy for Catholics and non-Catholics alike by seeking religious refusals to birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act, by denying reproductive services in Catholic-owned or -affiliated healthcare facilities, by pushing for abstinence-only programs, and by other means.

But the most damning impact of the ban has been on the world’s most vulnerable people. The Catholic hierarchy has lobbied so that faith-based organizations do not have to provide condoms as part of HIV & AIDS prevention and continues to pressure donors and developing countries reliant on foreign assistance to deny birth control and condoms to their citizens. These efforts have held back development, led to high rates of unmet need for family planning and stalled prevention of HIV & AIDS transmission.
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Index 9-Paradox of Humanae Vitae

It is clear that the Catholic church cannot move forward until it honestly confronts the paradox of Humanae Vitae: that most Catholics use modern contraceptives, believe it is a moral choice to do so and still consider themselves Catholics in good standing.

Index 10-Social Feeds

Abstinence only agendas leave out crucial information on contraceptive options, & play right into the US bishop’s desire to control women’s bodies. Read about the history of the hierarchy’s ban on bc, and about how wildly unpopular it is. #TPPP consciencemag.org/humanae-vitae

test Twitter Media - Abstinence only agendas leave out crucial information on contraceptive options, & play right into the US bishop’s desire to control women’s bodies. 

Read about the history of the hierarchy’s ban on bc, and about how wildly unpopular it is. #TPPP https://t.co/9l8ARSHpXU https://t.co/HoxEL0LUAt

Do you think that clergy were a fan of the #birthcontrol ban? Think again. For this issue of Conscience, theologian Anthony Padovono walks us through the disappointment experienced by so many clergy when Humanae Vitae was released: bit.ly/2rbXkTH

test Twitter Media - Do you think that clergy were a fan of the #birthcontrol ban? Think again. 
 
For this issue of Conscience, theologian Anthony Padovono walks us through the disappointment experienced by so many clergy when Humanae Vitae was released: https://t.co/7DDbwbbM2K https://t.co/9Y7Wg2z67R

Index 11-Catholic Bishop Lobby

Catholic bishops continue to lobby that such programs as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) contain “conscience clauses” that exempt faith-based providers from having to provide condoms or counsel about their use.