Pope suggests contraceptives could be used to slow spread of Zika

February 18, 2016 5:26 PM

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The Pope then pointed to a narrow exception to the church's ban on most forms of birth control: His predecessor, Pope Paul VI, allowed African nuns to use contraceptives "in cases of rape,"Francis said. He did not explain why and what forms of birth control were used.

"In certain cases ... such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear," the Pope said. It was Paul VI who wrote "Humanae Vitae," the papal document that solidified the church's stance against almost every form of birth control in 1968. The church does allow natural family planning, whic...

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