Birth Control for Teens Who Are “Doing It Anyway”?

If pressed, many “family planners” admit that, in an ideal world, all young people would refrain from sexual activity before marriage and remain faithful to their spouses after.  Such a society would have no HIV-AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases, very little unwanted pregnancy (and few pregnancies among unmarried teens!), and most likely a very . . . Read more

An Introduction to Church Teaching on Contraception

This resource is available as an eight-page booklet that can be ordered from our store. Order copies through HLI’s online store here. Most Catholics reject the Church’s teaching on contraception not because they’ve carefully considered it, but because they’ve never had to do so. When someone hears that the Catholic Church has a teaching about . . . Read more

Contraception and Women – HLI Educational Series

This resource is available as an eight-page booklet that can be ordered from our store. Order here. Isn’t “the Pill” Good for Women and Society? One gets the idea, especially since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which declared contraception “essential medicine,” that hormonal contraceptive drugs are like aspirin or vitamins – all benefit . . . Read more

Contraception vs. NFP – HLI Educational Series

Every married couple has the responsibility to prayerfully practice what the Catholic Church calls “responsible parenthood,” as it pertains to the number and spacing of children. Spouses are to exercise this responsibility with generosity in receiving the gift of life, and with prudence, while avoiding selfishness and carelessness. Although children are the supreme gift of . . . Read more

What are Abortifacients?

An abortifacient is “a drug or agent that induces an abortion.”[1] The problem is that manufactures hide these drugs under the name “contraception” to make them more appealing to consumers. Contraceptives are Abortifacients in Disguise In 1963, the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) shared the widely held definition of abortion as . . . Read more

Humanae Vitae Explained

In this 2001 presentation, Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro-Carambula, executive director of HLI’s Rome office, explains that the Church has always taught that contraception is a sin. Some claims arose starting in the early 1960s that this teaching was in question, but this has never been the case. The climate of the times within the Church and . . . Read more

How Effective Are Condoms?

1. Condom failure rate is high. The condom is the most commonly-used barrier method of contraception in the world. But how effective are condoms? According to mainstream scientific sources, their efficacy has been grossly overstated by its promoters. After the use of just 10, the probability of at least one failure is 52%, according to . . . Read more

Depo-Provera: Injectable Abortion

1. What is Depo-Provera? The Depo-Provera injection is a type of hormonal anti-fertility drug that works at times as a contraceptive, but also sometimes as an abortifacient, a drug that causes abortion in some instances. Its active ingredient is depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), a synthetic form of the natural hormone progesterone originally developed for the treatment . . . Read more