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Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are together seeking to mobilise world opinion to change the way we live and produce. EPA/L'Osservatore Romano

Pope works to reconcile Catholic teaching, population pressures and sustainable development

On his first visit to the US, Pope Francis will highlight the challenges of poverty and sustainability. A related issue, he acknowledges, is population. So what does that mean for Catholic teaching?
Curbing teen pregnancy rates will take more than just access to contraception. Image of pregnant women via Coffeemill/

How to bring the teen pregnancy rate down

Teen pregnancy is a public health problem in the United States. According to 2010 estimates, girls aged 15-19 years accounted for 614,000 pregnancies in the US. An additional 11,000 pregnancies were recorded…

Free contraception lowers abortion rate

Researchers have found that access to free birth control substantially reduces unplanned pregnancy and abortion rates. The…
Women’s contraceptive options have evolved over time, but men have limited options. This could change following a new discovery. AAP/KRT

Male contraceptive pill a step closer

US researchers have identified a compound that may offer the first effective and hormone-free birth control pill for men…

Birth control pill shrinks bones

Using the birth control pill may reduce a woman’s bone density, according to US university researchers. Women using a pill…

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