Use of Long-Acting Birth Control Methods Surges Among U.S. Women – The New York Times

“WASHINGTON — The share of American women on birth control who use long-acting reversible methods like intrauterine devices and implants has nearly doubled in recent years, the federal government reported Tuesday.The share of women on birth control who use the devices rose to 11.6 percent in the period from 2011 to 2013, up from 6 percent in 2006 to 2010, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The share is still smaller than for the pill (26 percent) or condoms (15 percent), but it is the fastest-growing method. In 2002, just 2.4 percent of women on birth control in the United States used the long-acting methods.”
This is a sign of the success of the Buffet family foundation initiatives.

Source: Use of Long-Acting Birth Control Methods Surges Among U.S. Women – The New York Times

The Pope and the Birth Control Ban – The New York Times

“Catholics around the world, meanwhile, largely support the use of birth control. A 2014 poll of 12,000 Catholics in 12 countries found that 78 percent supported contraception; in Spain, France, Colombia, Brazil and the pope’s native Argentina, more than 90 percent supported its use. In a 2008 survey, 71 percent of Catholics in the Philippines supported the country’s reproductive health bill.Expanding birth control access worldwide would have huge benefits. Some 225 million women want to avoid pregnancy but don’t use reliable contraception, the Guttmacher Institute says. Providing them with contraception would prevent 52 million unintended pregnancies, 14 million unsafe abortions and 70,000 maternal deaths a year.”

DL: If the Pope really cares about the poor, and reducing poverty, he should do an about face on family planning, and make population control a central tenet of stewardship of life and quality of life on the planet.

Source: The Pope and the Birth Control Ban – The New York Times