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Catholic Church’s Stance Against Contraception Not License For Large Families, Pope Says

International Business Times: Pope Francis Suggests Natural Family Planning Instead Of Breeding ‘Like Rabbits’ “Pope Francis doesn’t want members of the Catholic faith to feel they have to ‘breed like rabbits’ because of the church’s contraception ban. Instead, he suggested natural family planning strategies…” (Elise, 1/19). Reuters: Pope says birth…

Obama Administration, Congress Should Allow U.S. Foreign Aid To Support Some Abortion Care

The Hill: President Obama: Ensure U.S. foreign assistance supports safe abortion care Aram Schvey, senior policy counsel and manager of projects and operations at the Center for Reproductive Rights “…President Obama, like so many presidents before him, refuses to allow any U.S. foreign assistance to support safe abortion care for…

Catholics In Philippines Increasingly Support Contraception Use, As Pope Visits Country

Wall Street Journal: Pope Faces Changing Attitudes on Birth Control in Philippines “Pope Francis lands in the Philippines Thursday facing a rapidly changing society where Catholicism remains strong, but where some Catholics dismiss the Church’s line on sex and birth control as outdated. … Last year, the Philippine Supreme Court…

800 Tanzanian Girls Return Home After 3 Months In Safe Houses To Escape FGM

Agence France-Presse: Tanzanian girls return after escaping genital mutilation “…Some 800 school girls fled to shelters run by charities and church organizations, which offer protection during the months FGM is traditionally carried out, from October to December. Some of the shelters are given police protection to ensure the girls remain…

MNCH, Reproductive Health Should Be Priority In 2015

Huffington Post: Women, Newborns and Health: Today’s Evidence, Tomorrow’s Post-2015 Agenda Petra ten Hoope-Bender, director of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health at ICS Integrare, and Sheetal Sharma, research associate at ICS Integrare “…In 2015, our way forward is to empower women to ensure they get the health care they…

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