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Contraception

People deserve the right to access the full range of family planning services, including all forms of artificial contraception.
“Contraceptives are the greatest lifesaving, poverty-ending, women-empowering innovation ever created.”
Melinda Gates

The Catholic hierarchy opposes all forms of artificial contraception, yet 98% of Catholics in the United States have used some form of contraception at some point in their lives. Catholics for Choice envisions a world in which everyone has equal access to all forms of contraception, unencumbered by religious persecution.

For countless people around the world, access to contraception is a matter or life or death. For example, in countries like the Philippines, surging population growth contributes to a cycle of poverty and hunger that could be curbed through the availability of birth control. Untold numbers of women and children are suffering as a direct consequence of the church’s ban on artificial contraceptives.

The Legacy of Humanae Vitae

In 1968, Pope Paul VI formally expressed the Catholic position on contraception in an encyclical called Humanae Vitae, which slammed the door on modern contraception.

Explore Humanae Vitae
Sex in the HIV/AIDS Era

Despite scientific evidence that condoms are critical in HIV/AIDS-prevention, the Vatican has refused to relax the ban on contraceptives.

The ban on condoms

Questions about Contraception

We've compiled these talking points to help inform Catholic conversations about contraception.

What are the different forms of contraception?
What does family planning mean?
What forms of contraception does the hierarchy oppose?
Does the hierarchy condone any form of family planning?
Do IUDs and Plan B induce abortion?
What does the Catholic Church say about condoms and preventing HIV?
Do condoms prevent HIV?