The day of reckoning for a church that excludes women from the priesthood and has alienated many with its emphasis on rules governing sexual morality may finally have come.
Let's pretend that the right-wing anti-contraception crusaders get their way and ban all birth control in the United States. From this day forward, sex is solely for procreation. In short: It would be a disaster. How can I be so sure?
There are more than 220 million women around the world who want modern contraception but cannot get it. We need to conclude this week in NY with significant commitments funded and a plan for implementation.
Unmet need for contraception is greatest for women under the age of 20 and, in the world's poorest countries, one in three women has a child before the age of 18.
In saying "I have never been a right-winger" in the same interview in which he's criticizing the church for being too "obsessed" with gay marriage and abortion, Francis is hitting at those Catholic leaders who use gay rights and abortion to wield political power, putting them on notice.
Each city we stopped in, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Chicago and Pittsburgh, I set off on foot, stopping people to ask them questions about how their friends talk about sex, and what they thought the barriers were to sexual health information and how we could change this.
On a global scale, an investment in female empowerment ensures healthier, wealthier and better educated communities.
I wasn't considering abortion. I wasn't considering adoption, or parenting, or childcare. I wasn't even pregnant, and I definitely wasn't scared -- at least not at first.
Now it's the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that appears to be taking a politically selective look at nonprofits. This time around, however, conservatives are not complaining. Why? Because they are the ones who are pushing GAO to do it.
Having this global reach and capability is critical to our mission. In the U.S., women have a full range of temporary, long-acting, hormonal and non-hormonal contraceptive options to fit a variety of life-stages and lifestyles.
The Catholic Church is greatly in need of self-examination and reform, indeed Reformation, on a host of issues. Sadly I see no reason to believe that Pope Francis is the reformer who could lead that change.
I could not believe that the best birth control left in Iran -- an Iran whose pharmaceutical market has been decimated by sanctions -- were the same pills facing court action and considered a serious health threat in the United States.
While a supply chain doesn't sound glamorous, it's a critical building block to improve the health, education and well-being of mothers, children and entire societies. If you want to improve the world, start by providing women with what they want.
Democratic rule is always preferable to authoritarian rule, but that does not mean that democratically-elected governments -- including Morsi's -- always make wise decisions... or make them in time to avert disaster.
This has been the Republican thinking on health care reform for 20 years. Will the Koch/Republican campaign succeed? Not if we can help it.
In our plural society, Americans hold differing religious and moral views on these matters. I respect that and others' right to act on theirs and to preach them in churches and elsewhere. Nothing in current law prevents that.