Tracking the Vatican's impact on global birth control policy

Join the report on the lasting legacy of Humanae Vitae, the historic legislation that outlined the Catholic Church’s opposition to contraceptive methods. The 50th anniversary of the publication of the encyclical, written by Pope Paul VI, is July 29. It was written on July 25, 1968.

The 1968 papal text sent to all bishops was a turning point for the Catholic Church. It definitively laid out Catholic opposition to contraception and recreational sex without procreation, forming the groundwork for half a century of global birth control restrictions.

As U.S.-based advocacy group Catholics for Choice publish a report on the publication’s legacy, WikiTribune is looking at where Catholic influence on birth control policy is most prevalent. One issue is how vulnerable women are often the most impacted by lack of access to family planning.

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  • Catholics for Choice
  • Irish Family Planning Association
  • John Nyamu, director of the Reproductive and Maternal Health Consortium in Kenya

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Things we want to find out

  • Where is Catholic influence most strong in terms of birth control legislation?
  • How many countries have direct influence from Humanae Vitae on legislation?
  • Who is hit hardest, and where are they based?
  • What is next in terms of religiously-influenced birth control law?
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