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Pope Francis Should End Catholic Church’s Condom Ban To Help Halt Spread Of HIV

Slate: Pope Francis Should End the Ban on Condoms
Justin Lynch, editorial fellow at the New America Foundation and journalist

“…[T]he Catholic Church, where its intervention is needed most, has taken a fundamental stance against any use of contraception. … When Pope Francis visit[ed] Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic from Nov. 25-30, he [visited] three countries with some of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, and three countries with large populations of Catholics, for whom condom use is not allowed. He could save lives here by reversing the Catholic Church’s rule. Some observers thought that Francis would at least relax the ban on condoms. He has not. The only church-approved method of contraception is abstinence…” (11/25).