July 25 in freethought history…

July 25, 1968 – Pope Paul VI issues Humanae vitae (Of Human Life: On the Regulation of Birth), an encyclical that reaffirms the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on birth control. The encyclical repeated the Church’s stance on the sanctity of marriage, opposition to abortion and any form of “artificial” birth control (except periodic abstinence within marriage to naturally avoid a pregnancy). Humanae vitae provoked controversy both within and outside of the Church, and remains the Church’s official position.

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