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Before Widespread Zika Epidemic, Pope Francis Said Contraceptives Permissible In Some Situations

Los Angeles Times: Before the spread of the Zika virus, the Vatican allowed contraceptive use in limited situations
“On his flight from Mexico back to the Vatican in February, Pope Francis made an unexpected comment about the Zika virus, saying that the outbreak — blamed for serious birth defects around the world — may justify the use of contraceptives. … The church has not formally sanctioned contraceptive use, but with the August start of the Olympics in Brazil — the epicenter of outbreak — it has offered the possibility of a solution…” (Weinberg, 7/16).