Birth Control

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Why do so many Catholics use contraception? Experts weigh in

May 14, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Large majorities of Catholics use birth control, which experts say is “a crisis of catechesis within the Church.” Read more


Bishop Barron, U.S. bishops condemn FDA’s approval of first OTC birth control pill

Jul 14, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The U.S. bishops on Thursday condemned the FDA’s approval of the first over-the-counter oral contraceptive “Opill.” Read more


FDA approves first nonprescription oral contraceptive ‘Opill’ 

Jul 13, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Opill will be available to all ages, available at retail drug stores, without the consultation or guidance of a doctor. Read more


Catholic bishops to FDA: Don’t make ‘minipill’ contraceptive over-the-counter

May 16, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Federal regulators should reject proposed over-the-counter use of the progestin-only “minipill” contraceptive, the U.S. bishops have said. Read more


What to know about contraceptives, breast cancer risk, and ‘informed choice’

Mar 23, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Some forms of contraceptive use have “a significant increase in risk of breast cancer,” a new study says. Read more


Church and contraception: Experts expose errors in Pontifical Academy for Life book

Sep 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

Nine international experts have pointed out in an open letter the serious errors contained in a book published a few... Read more


Theologian at Academy for Life claims one may dissent from Church teaching on contraception

Aug 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Pontifical Academy for Life has published an interview with a theologian who says Catholic teaching on contraception is open... Read more

St. Paul VI

Reacting to pontifical academy, theologian says teaching of Humanae vitae can't change

Aug 8, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

Even if a specific encyclical such as Humanae vitae is not infallible, "the teaching that it presents is in fact... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference from Malta, April 3, 2022.

Pope Francis on birth control: Can the teaching of the Church on contraception change?

Jul 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Can the Church’s teaching on birth control change? During Pope Francis’ return flight from Canada, a journalist asked him about... Read more

Has the birth control pill increased childbearing outside marriage?

Feb 7, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

Access to the birth control pill in the U.S. has increased the births of children outside of marriage, especially among... Read more

Atlas at Rockefeller Center.

Money, power and Humanae Vitae: the forgotten story

Dec 31, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

The controversy over Humanae Vitae, the papal encyclical that reaffirmed Catholic teaching on contraception 50 years ago, cannot be understood... Read more

Is your birth control making you depressed?

Sep 29, 2016

For the millions of women using hormonal birth control, side effects are nothing new. Headaches, mood swings and weight gain... Read more

Why Catholic thinkers say the push for contraception is stale

Sep 21, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

Modern-day imperialism. Harmful to women. A failed promise. These are the ways that leading Catholic scholars described contraception – and... Read more

Coil spring.

New bill would take controversial birth control coils off the market

Nov 5, 2015

By Mary Farrow

A Philadelphia congressman is sponsoring a bill that would pull an FDA-approved birth control device, Essure, off the market.  Read more

How the pill might be ruining your life

Aug 14, 2015

By Michelle La Rosa, Adelaide Mena

Depleted nutrient absorption. Long-term alterations in brain activity and ability to interact with the world. Changes in choice of mate.... Read more

Paul VI, who will be beatified at the Synod on the Family's closing, issued his encyclical on the regulation of birth in 1968.

Backing 'Humanae vitae' a prime goal for bishops' synod

Oct 9, 2014

With Paul VI due to be beatified at the end of the Synod on the Family, his teaching on the... Read more

Birth control (File Photo).

More young women choosing health over birth control

Apr 8, 2014

Brianna Heldt was 20 years-old when she first started taking the birth control pill. As an Evangelical Protestant, she believed... Read more