98 percent of sexually active Catholic women ignore Church’s ban on contraceptives, claims sexual health research organization

Reuters, citing the report by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit sexual health research organization, reveals that "some 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptive methods banned by the Church."

Reuters, citing the report by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit sexual health research organization, reveals that "some 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptive methods banned by the Church." However, the report did not specify how the Guttmacher Institute came up with the percentage.

 

The Guttmacher Institute report is quoted in an article that also highlights similar findings from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Safiye Cagar, UNFPA’s director of the information and external relations division, said, "In Catholic countries like Italy, Spain or Malta people are still using contraceptives like condoms, so the Church ban is not having an impact. Besides, the population growth in Catholic countries is limited compared to other parts of world."

 

The UN expects the world’s population to reach seven billion by October 31 and projects that the world population will reach 9.3 billion in 2050 and 10.1 billion by 2100. The report also said, "Much of (the population growth) will come from Africa, where the population is growing at 2.3 percent a year-more than double Asia’s 1 percent growth rate."

 

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