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Mary McAleese
I still remember the evening our parish priest lambasted my forty year old mother for having had a hysterectomy without his permission and while still of child-bearing age.
The damage inflicted by the papal prohibition against contraceptives, particularly on the poor, on women, on children, on relationships, on health, on society and not least on the Church itself, is a millstone around our necks. It needs to be removed, as the Wijngaards Institute’s “Catholic Scholars’ Statement on the Ethics of Using Contraceptives” explains compellingly.”

Prof Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland

Many Catholics choose to ignore the Vatican’s ban on birth control, but the world’s poorest people do not have that luxury. For half a century, the Catholic hierarchy has blocked funding and access to contraception for family planning and HIV/Aids prevention, with deadly impacts for the most vulnerable globally.

Jon O’Brien, CEO of the US-based Catholics for Choice.

 
 
 

Queue to register for family planning services in rural Malawi Queue to register for family planning services in rural Malawi (Lindsay Mgbor/Department for International Development (DFID) – UK [CC / Flickr])

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Join our monthly giving community and transform lives for families around the world. Approximately one-fourth of health care facilities worldwide are Catholic and therefore cannot, by statute, offer contraceptives for the purpose of family planning. In the developing world they are often the only providers of health care for large sections of the population.
Similarly, Catholic schools in developing countries often do not teach about modern contraceptives and sexual health. The ignorance in which their pupils are left often results in unintended pregnancies and abortions.
As a result, millions of the most vulnerable people are denied access to modern non-abortifacient family planning services because of the current official stance of the Catholic hierarchy.
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