Humanae Vitae and a Half-Century of Harm to Women Around the World

Next week, the Vatican will open the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland—just one month after the ominous anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the Vatican policy banning birth control. While the hierarchy “celebrates” 50 years of Humanae Vitae, a ban that has caused half a century of harm to the world’s poorest communities, and as we continue to see … Continue reading Humanae Vitae and a Half-Century of Harm to Women Around the World

Humanae Vitae: 91 Percent of Irish Catholics Disagree With Contraceptives Ban on 50th Anniversary

As the Roman Catholic Church marked the 50th anniversary of the major Humanae Vitae encyclical, which prohibited the use of condoms and contraceptives, a worldwide survey from a Catholic pro-choice group found that large majorities of Catholics disagree with the ban. Catholics for Choice revealed last week statistics from a survey it carried out on people who identify as Catholic, … Continue reading Humanae Vitae: 91 Percent of Irish Catholics Disagree With Contraceptives Ban on 50th Anniversary

Catholic Church urged to lift ban on contraceptives for well-being

The Catholics for Choice organisation yesterday called on the Vatican to drop its opposition to artificial contraceptives for the good of humanity. Exactly 50 years ago, on July 15, 1968, the church issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae that prohibited the use of contraceptives by Catholics worldwide. It emphasises the sanctity of unborn life but does … Continue reading Catholic Church urged to lift ban on contraceptives for well-being

New research says Kenyan Catholic defy church on contraception

Most Kenyan Catholics use modern family planning methods despite a ban by the church, a new study has found. According to the research by Catholics for Choice – a lobby group, nearly three in five Kenyan Catholics do not agree with the Vatican’s ban on modern contraceptive use. The research questioned the relevance of the church’s anti-contraceptive stance … Continue reading New research says Kenyan Catholic defy church on contraception

Famous Catholic birth control ban has hit the poor hardest

Fifty years ago, just 11 years after the first contraceptive pill was made publicly available, billions of women experienced a reverse effect. When Pope Paul VI published his encyclical Humanae Vitae (“Of Human Life”) in late July 1968, Catholic women in the Vatican, Italy, and beyond said goodbye to birth control. That document would impact global birth control policy for … Continue reading Famous Catholic birth control ban has hit the poor hardest

The Guardian view on the Catholic contraceptive ban: a historic mistake

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of one of the historic mistakes of the Catholic church: the decision by Pope Paul VI to restate the traditional ban on contraception in his encyclical Humanae Vitae. The immediate result was a crisis of authority within the church which led to tens of millions of Catholics for the first time deliberately defying … Continue reading The Guardian view on the Catholic contraceptive ban: a historic mistake

50 Years Later, Many U.S. Catholic Women Still Ignore Vatican’s Contraception Ban

It’s been 50 years since Pope Paul VI signed an encyclical reaffirming the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on artificial contraception. The papal document, known “Humanae Vitae” and publicly released on July 29, 1968, is still seen as a foundational text for understanding Catholic teachings about the sanctity of human life. American Catholic institutions and dioceses around the country eagerly … Continue reading 50 Years Later, Many U.S. Catholic Women Still Ignore Vatican’s Contraception Ban

Fifty years on, and Catholics are still in turmoil over contraception

Fifty years ago this week, the Catholic church released an encyclical – a papal letter to all bishops – that had a dramatically contradictory effect: it was both instantly disregarded by millions of women and had an enormous impact on the lives of the most vulnerable. Humanae Vitae was published at a time when medical advances … Continue reading Fifty years on, and Catholics are still in turmoil over contraception

The bishops want more control over your health care?

As the Trump administration continues to attack women’s reproductive rights, an important, but little understood trend is already reshaping health care options for women. Catholic-run or -affiliated health care institutions are taking up a growing share of the U.S. health care sector. Why should this matter? Although Catholic facilities are in some ways comparable to … Continue reading The bishops want more control over your health care?

‘No Health Care for You!’

In the early aughts, when Dian Alarcón was new to this country and working for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, she developed endometriosis, a painful condition where tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows on the outside. One day in 2007, Alarcón was rushed to the emergency room, bleeding and in severe pain. … Continue reading ‘No Health Care for You!’