(RNS) For 10 years, Dr. Farouk Mohammed Jega, 45,has been championing evidence-based arguments to try to persuade clerics in Northern Nigeria that Islam supports family planning methods.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Fourteen married couples and other lay people have been brought in to fill the gaps in the churchmen's knowledge, advising the 270 bishops as they discuss family issues.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson canceled the state's contracts with Planned Parenthood, making his the third Southern state to do so since anti-abortion activists released videos that they say suggests the organization sells fetal tissue.
(RNS) We cannot allow simplistic, self-focused narratives about contraception and family planning to keep us from helping women who, really, aren't much different from us.
(RNS) "It provides us with consolation and hope to see so many large families who welcome children as a gift from God," the pope said.
(RNS) As Pope Francis often does, he is shifting the focus from the “rules” to the principle behind the rules, even on such closed-book issues as birth control.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Catholic bishops said they had tested the vaccine privately and were shocked to find it was laced with a birth control hormone called beta human chorionic gonadotropin.
(RNS) Pope Francis has beatified his controversial predecessor, Paul VI, whom he hails for groundbreaking reforms that are often overlooked. But can Francis succeed where Paul fell short?
I do believe that how we seek to do justice matters as much as the justice we seek, but believe it is messy world, and the Perfect is too often held up as the enemy of the Good Enough or even the Less Bad.
(RNS) Observers remain divided over just how broadly Monday's Supreme Court decision in the case brought by crafts retailer Hobby Lobby and cabinet maker Conestoga Wood Specialties should be read and whether it could also apply to businesses that aren't closely held.
(RNS) The Health and Human Services Department has already offered an accommodation to faith-based nonprofits that allows them to sign a waiver giving a third-party administrator permission to take care of the birth control coverage.
Hobby Lobby won their fight against Obamacare's contraception mandate in a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling. But the struggle over the meaning and limits of religious liberty is far from over.
However the Supreme Court rules, images of ogre bosses ruling women's reproductive lives don't inform the contraceptive mandate debate.
WASHINGTON (RNS) In showdown of business owners vs individual choice on free contraception, the public has made its call. Soon the Supreme Court will weigh in.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Gallup Poll's annual "moral acceptability" scale has been conducted since 2001 and charts shifting cultural attitudes on a number of hot-button social issues.