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Preventive care? Preventing what?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Jul 10, 2012

This isn't an original question, I realize. But in light of the Obama administration's insistence that women need "preventive care" such as contraception, it seems worth asking again: 

What disease is it that the Pill prevents?


Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 03, 2018 12:56 PM ET USA

    Phil, I don't think talk like that will get you appointed to any pontifical commissions or academies anytime soon. What will keep you out? Clear understanding of Catholic faith and morals. Striving to live your life and to conduct your business according to this faith and to God's morality. Willing to act on your convictions: to speak out in the face of real rigidity, shades of gray, rampant clericalism, and "progressive" scorn. How dare you criticize authoritarianism! You do so in Christ's name

  • Posted by: DanS - Nov. 01, 2018 8:40 PM ET USA

    I expect you’ll carry a bright light, Phil. A very bright light.

  • Posted by: feedback - Oct. 31, 2018 1:05 PM ET USA

    Card. Cupich wrote on Oct. 24 in his diocesan paper, "While I was in Rome..., I was asked about the angry reaction of American Catholics to the developments of the past months. I fully acknowledge the righteousness of that anger, but I am convinced that beneath the anger is a deep sadness... of disappointment rooted in knowing we are better than this. It is that belief that we are better and can do better that gives me the hope and courage to... move the church forward in this difficult moment."