The economics of sex

Tamara El-Rahi | 26 February 2014
Why is it a man’s world when it comes to sex? Well there was the pill, and then women forgot that they held the cards.

British contraceptive service admits an uncomfortable truth

Louise Kirk | 24 February 2014
Two of every three women seeking abortions were contraceptive users.

Women Speak For Themselves - the faces

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 September 2012
American women are speaking up in increasing numbers for freedom of conscience in healthcare .

IUDs: the final solution for teen pregnancy?

Mariette Ulrich | 10 August 2012
Teenage pregnancy rates have declined by 40 per cent since 1990. Abstinence and the pill are both claimed to have played a role. But for those who use neither, certain experts propose a solution that takes the decision out of their hands. Doesn't this show more clearly than ever before the disregard for human dignity in the contraceptive approach?

Unintended, but not unwanted

Mariette Ulrich | 04 August 2012
What do you do when people are choosing not to plan their pregnanies? Is choice a virtue in itself, or does it matter what choices people make?

White House in PR bid over contraceptive mandate

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 June 2012
Another live-streamed event is due to take place in the US in a few more hours, and this time it’s from the Obama administration, defending their beleaguered birth control mandate.

Melinda Gates, “practising Catholic”, on birth control

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 April 2012
Melinda Gates was holding forth at a conference in Berlin earlier this month about the necessity of universal access to contraception in the developing world.

Same old, same old from WHO

Carolyn Moynihan | 17 February 2012
Business as usual. That’s the message from the World Health Organisation following its experts meeting last month to review the safety of hormonal contraceptives where there is a risk of HIV transmission.

What’s wrong with Obama’s birth control mandate in 12 concise points

Carolyn Moynihan | 16 February 2012
Have a look at the following two posts on the US Catholic Bishops Conference website.

Making 13-year-olds pregnancy-proof

Carolyn Moynihan | 14 February 2012
It was always obvious to any sane adult that giving contraceptives to teenagers would do next to nothing to stop them getting pregnant.

Bringing down the price of sex

Carolyn Moynihan | 26 July 2011
Talk has broken out again about a male contraceptive pill. This has happened periodically over the 50 years that women have been swallowing the pill that men invented for them.

Contraception is not preventive care

Denise J. Hunnell | 20 July 2011
Sexual activity is elective. Preventing the normal consequence of sexual activity, pregnancy, is elective. The use of artificial contraception to prevent pregnancy is a personal lifestyle choice, not a medically recommended therapy.

Pill improves memory - if only you could remember to take it

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 August 2010
The contraceptive pill could make women better gossips but no better at reading maps, if research carried out in Austria is anything to go by.

Of mice and men

Carolyn Moynihan | 30 June 2010
Why has there never been a male contraceptive pill? Probably because, knowing that women have stronger reasons to carry this burden, nobody was trying very hard. But now, 50 years after women started risking their health and happiness by swallowing synthetic hormones on a regular basis, Israeli scientists have announced that a male pill is in sight.

Teen pregnancy: It’s the attitude, stupid

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 June 2010
The “comprehensive” sex education crowd in the United States are fond of saying that abstinence-only education has been responsible for the stalling of a downward trend in teenage pregnancies and childbearing that started about 1995. A new government report, however, suggests another reason.

The Pill’s deadly affair with HIV/AIDS

Carolyn Moynihan | 22 April 2010
Why does HIV/AIDS strike more women than men globally? Why is sub-Saharan Africa the home of the world’s largest heterosexual HIV/Aids epidemic? Why does Thailand have an HIV infection rate of over one-in-100 adults, while Japan’s rate is 0.01 per cent and the Philippines’ 0.02 per cent? One answer to these questions can be found in an article published this week by the Population Research Institute deeply implicating hormonal contraception in the AIDS epidemic.

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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