ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MEXICO -- With physicians across Central and South American urging women to postpone pregnancy because of the Zika virus that causes birth defects, Pope Francis said using contraceptives could be a "lesser evil."
Holding a news conference Feb. 17 on his way back to Rome after a six-day visit to Cuba and Mexico, the pope was asked if the use of artificial contraceptives or abortion could be considered "a lesser evil" when the baby had a high risk of birth defects.
LIVERPOOL, England -- British doctors and nurses who refuse to dispense the morning-after pill on grounds of conscience will be unable to receive a specialist diploma in sexual health care.
Guidance issued by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare states that medical professionals who, for religious reasons, refuse to hand out "emergency" contraception cannot receive the qualification.
The diploma is considered to represent the "gold standard" of sexual health care training, a source at the faculty told Catholic News Service in an April 30 telephone conversation.
A new poll by Spanish-language broadcaster Univision highlighting countries where support for Church teachings is the highest and lowest has garnered much attention.
The poll became fodder for much of the secular media in the United States wanting to point out divisions between Church hierarchy and its members. "The pope's Catholic problem" was the headline of a commentary in the Chicago Tribune, for example. It stated that on every issue, Catholics in the United States are more liberal than the Church's teachings.
A federal judge has dismissed lawsuit from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities against the United States government, which challenges the constitutionality of the HHS health care mandate.
This is the first story in a two-part series on recent statements made by medical organizations on contraception.
Providing emergency contraception to adolescent girls isn't good health care, according to several Catholic health care professionals and professional organizations.
Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement encouraging pediatricians to provide advance prescriptions for emergency contraception to teens. The statement was published in the December issue of the academy's online journal.