Lawsuit seeks HHS records on abortion access for unaccompanied children

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (CNS) — The American Civil Liberties Union wants the Department of Health and Human Services to provide records related to government policies on abortion and contraception access for unaccompanied and refugee children. The organization filed a lawsuit in April against the HHS and the Administration for Children and Families under the Freedom of…

Married life is better with NFP, say couples at synod

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholic couples who ignore church teaching on contraception “don’t know what they are missing,” said a U.S. couple invited to address the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. Alice and Jeff Heinzen, family life leaders in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wis., spoke at the synod Oct. 7, urging efforts…

Speakers ask pope, synod to clear up ‘confusion’ on contraception

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A married couple from Brazil told Pope Francis and the Synod of Bishops that the church should stop giving “contradictory advice” on birth control and help Catholics obey church teaching against contraception. On the same morning, one of the synod’s leaders spoke forcefully against a widespread “contraceptive mentality” that has led…

How is NFP different from contraception?

Through contraception, a couple is intentionally sterilizing the sexual act. In natural family planning, they are merely choosing to cooperate with the natural rhythm of a woman’s body. They are not ‘contra’ life. By Father Mike Schmitz Q. Is contraception really that big of a deal? As if using contraception wisely and occasionally in marriage…

Life Issues Forum: Much Ado About Hobby Lobby

July 15, 2015 by Richard M. Doerflinger The ink was not dry on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision before the attacks began. “The immediate effect… is to deny many thousands of women contraceptive coverage vital to their well-being and reproductive freedom,” intoned The New York Times. We must “keep bosses out of the…