Skip to main content
How the Catholic Church Came to Oppose Birth Control
The Conversation
  • Lisa McClain, Boise State University
Document Type
Publication Date

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark “Humanae Vitae,” Pope Paul VI’s strict prohibition against artificial contraception, issued in the aftermath of the development of the birth control pill. At the time, the decision shocked many Catholic priests and laypeople. Conservative Catholics, however, praised the pope for what they saw as a confirmation of traditional teachings.

Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0
Citation Information
Lisa McClain. "How the Catholic Church Came to Oppose Birth Control" The Conversation (2018)
Available at: