10.6
Misc: On the Eve of Family Synod Pope Prays for “Open and Fraternal” Debate

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family at the prayer for the synod of the family

At the prayer vigil before the Family Synod Pope Francis prayed for an “open and fraternal” debate. In addition he has asked all the faithful to pray for the Synod. Read more from Catholic News Service here: On the Eve of Family Synod Pope Prays for “Open and Fraternal” Debate. Read the full text of his remarks here: Pope Francis’ Opening Remarks. More photos after the jump:

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6.30
Misc: Supreme Court: Companies Can’t Be Required to Pay for Birth Control

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birth control

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act required employers to pay for their employees birth control and morning after pills like Plan B and Ella.  Today the Supreme Court declared that companies like Conestoga Wood and Hobby Lobby, with religious objections to paying for the destruction of fertilized human embryos, would not be required to violate their religious beliefs, so long as their employees could easily obtain the products elsewhere. Emma Green has the story in The Atlantic here: Supreme Court: Companies Can’t Be Required to Pay for Birth Control

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2.25
Misc: Synod responses reveal suffering among Catholics, says Cardinal

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annulments and remarriage The responses to the Vatican questionnaire on family life reflect a great amount of suffering experienced by Catholics around the world, the general secretary of the synod has said. Read more from the Catholic Herald UK here: Synod responses reveal suffering among Catholics, says Cardinal

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2.12
TCC Radio: Birth Control and Blood Clots: Women Still Weighing the Risks | NPR

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Hormonal Birth Control

The makers of the Nuva Ring will pay a $100 million dollar settlement to women who were harmed by their product this week. All hormonal contraceptives increase a woman’s risk of blood clots, stroke and heart attack. As a result of these and other concerns, some women have begun questioning whether these pharmaceuticals are the best method of family planning. The fertility awareness method, also known as Natural Family Planning, has been newly embraced by holistic women’s health experts and can be at least 95 percent effective. It also has no side effectsNational Public Radio has the story here: Birth Control and Blood Clots: Women Still Weighing the Risks

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