Catholic women overwhelmingly use birth control, despite an official ban by the church, a new study finds.You know, prohibition is known to be quite ineffective, generally. Just think of bathtub gin. And apparently Billy Joel was wrong--about Catholic girls starting too late. BUt at least they are being sensible about it!
The study, conducted by reproductive health institute Guttmacher, finds that 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women use or have used birth control other than church-approved natural family planning. Only 2 percent of Catholic women have used natural family planning, which involves tracking the menstrual cycle to avoid sex during fertile periods.....
Overall, the survey found that 99 percent of women have used birth control, and almost all of of those who don't want to get pregnant use some method of contraception. Eighty-nine percent of Catholic women, 90 percent of mainline Protestants and 91 percent of Evangelicals who are not currently trying to conceive use birth control, Jones and her colleagues reported.
About 68 percent of Catholic women use a highly effective method of birth control, meaning hormonal methods, the IUD or sterilization, compared with 73 percent of mainline Protestants and 74 percent of Evangelicals. More than 40 percent of Evangelicals use male or female sterilization as birth control, outpacing other religious groups by about 6 percent to 9 percent.
Even Catholic women who attend services more than once a month use natural family planning at a rate of only 2 percent, the researchers found.
The study also found that regardless of religion, at least 75 percent of women are sexually active by their early 20s, whether they're married or not. That number was 75 percent for Evangelicals, 86 percent for mainline Protestants, 89 percent for Catholic women, and 79 percent for women as a whole.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Newsflash: Catholic women use birth control!
Honestly, is anyone surprised? The Roman Catholic laity exists in a state of Don't Ask, Don't Tell with the hierarchy not only on LGBT rights but on sex generally. From LiveScience: