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Fifty years after release, ‘Humanae Vitae’ praised as prophetic encyclical

WASHINGTON — Surrounding the 1968 release of "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Human Life") was the cultural context of the sexual revolution and a widespread fear about overpopulation following World War II, said Donald Critchlow, a professor of history at Arizona State University.

At the time, there were movements in support of eugenics, abortion rights, and sterilizations in an attempt to curb population growth, Critchlow told an audience at The Catholic University of America April 5.

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