Young people at Eastside Catholic High School, a private school in a suburb of Seattle, Washington have taken this Pope's words as infallible, but, unfortunately, the administration under the archdiocese of their school must not have received the memo.
In recent years, conservative evangelical and Catholic activists have made "religious liberty" their culture war rallying cry as well as their primary legal and political strategy. In doing so, they often use irresponsible rhetoric about American Christians being subject to tyranny and religious persecution.
This week the Population Institute released its second annual report card on reproductive health and rights in the US, and the results were not encouraging. Thirteen states received a failing grade, and the US as a whole received a "C-" for the second year in a row.
Get a grip, sisters. People are going to use contraception. If they have to pay for it, they will. People are not stupid. They know that unwanted pregnancies and unwanted children are a sure route to the poor house.
As the D.C. media feigns apoplexy over enrollment rates in the Affordable Care Act, the rest of the country will awaken to a world in which people with pre-existing illnesses will be covered and people will not live in constant fear of being an illness away from bankruptcy.
If our population keeps growing, we don't just risk Santa getting burned out. We risk greater levels of human suffering. And nobody wants that -- on Christmas or any other day.
Does the religious freedom of a company's owners trump that of its employees? Are some "persons" more equal than others?
It became my mission to do something every day, to empower someone, somewhere and to make a positive and sustainable impact on the lives of women and girls. That's why I feel strongly that now is the time to focus on progress and not problems.
Two teachers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created the Beat Making Lab to reach communities around the world. They travel with an electronic music studio that fits into a backpack and train burgeoning beat makers.
What adults think about teenagers matters to teenagers -- a lot. If we continue to expect them to have unprotected sex, chances are good that many of them will.
As a clergyperson, I'm obviously concerned about people being able to have the freedom to practice their faith. Yet as a woman, I also care about the health and dignity of people who need contraception.
What's on the docket for international family planning in 2014? Here are seven issues and trends to watch for.
There are a number of important issues at play in these cases, but a central one should be this: must the law accommodate those whose religious beliefs lead to conclusions that are scientifically incorrect?
No corporate entity should be in position to limit women's legal access to care, or to seize a controlling interest over the health care choices of women.
With all eyes on the Supreme Court this week, birth control and its coverage as a preventive benefit for women without a co-pay will once again take center stage in the national conversation.
When girls are able to make their own decisions about whether and when to have children, they are more likely to stay in school, participate in the work force and have healthier, better-educated children.