Gallup: 82% of Catholics approve of contraception

Details: A new Gallup Poll has found that contraception is “morally acceptable” to 89 percent of Americans, including a top heavy 82 percent majority of American Catholics, despite the Church hierarchy’s opposition to the pill. The poll was released a day after Catholic dioceses and institutions sued the Obama administration to block a requirement that [Read More…]

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Preaching on contraception: “You have to make sure people know you’re being compassionate”

Several years ago, a newly ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Washington took it upon himself to preach one Sunday on the topic of contraception.  He reminded the congregation of the Church’s teaching on the subject, acknowledged that there were probably many in the pews that morning who did not follow it, and suggested that [Read More…]

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New polls: Catholics favor birth control in health care coverage

I don’t think we’ve seen the last of polls like this — or interpretations of them.  Details: The Catholic bishops, backed by conservative evangelicals, say the Obama administration shouldn’t include contraceptioncoverage as part of free preventive care options in employers’ health insurance plans. Hence the showdown: As our editorial Monday says, religious liberties fight or, as Health [Read More…]

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Catholic colleges and the HHS contraception ruling

Another angle of this story, from the New York Times: Bridgette Dunlap, a Fordham University law student, knew that the school’s health plan had to pay for birth control pills, in keeping with New York state law. What she did not find out until she was in an examining room, “in the paper dress,” was [Read More…]

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Contraception: like a "flu shot"? — UPDATED

That seems to be the rationale behind the Obama Administration’s directive to make insurers pay for birth control pills for all women. From the Washington Post: A half-century after the advent of the pill, the Obama administration on Monday ushered in a change in women’s health care potentially as transformative: coverage of birth control as [Read More…]

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Guttmacher: most Catholic women use artificial birth control

And the statistics, if accurate, show that Catholics practice contraception at almost the same rate as other religious groups. Details: A new report from the Guttmacher Institute, the nonprofit sexual health research organization, shows that only 2 percent of Catholic women, even those who regularly attend church, rely on natural family planning. The latest data [Read More…]

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