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Catholic Students Discuss Pope's Humanae Vitae (1968)
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1968 |
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    One student shares his belief that Catholics will follow their conscience regardless
    Another questions the Pope's decision to go against the majority recommendation of his commission. Sixty-four of the 69 members voting agreed with the majority report calling for a relaxation of Church policy against the use of birth control.
    The "rhythm method" is a natural form of family planning in which heterosexual couples abstain from sex on the days when a woman is ovulating and thus most likely to conceive. Women are capable of becoming pregnant outside of their fertile period, however, making the rhythm method one of the least effective birth control methods.