A new survey from Catholics for Choice on the opinions of Catholic millennials as regards doctrinal issues might make the church’s traditionalists want to brace themselves. But its findings are also somewhat unsurprising to anyone who spends time around younger Catholics, whose political and social leanings mirror the open-minded stances of their increasingly non-religious peers.

Pope Francis is wildly popular among young Catholics, but new research suggests even he can’t keep them in the pews

Monday night musings

I can’t believe how much I have changed since I came off my birth control. It feels so good to finally feel in control of my emotions. Taylor and I are doing so much better, which is such a great feeling. We were arguing too much. We were both getting unhappy. Now it is like the fog has lifted. I’m no longer questioning my sanity, and I’m not constantly asking myself, “WHY ARE YOU ACTING LIKE THIS!?”

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People are sharing the incredible power of birth control with #BirthControlHelpedMe 

Planned Parenthood launched the hashtag #BirthControlHelpedMe Monday to show the real impact of birth control. Countless people are participating, sharing the ways access has informed and benefitted their lives. Two tweets even point out how birth control makes better parents.

Colorado’s Push Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

Over the past six years, Colorado has conducted one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control. If teenagers and poor women were offered free intrauterine devices and implants that prevent pregnancy for years, state officials asked, would those women choose them?

They did in a big way, and the results were startling. The birthrate for teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There was a similar decline in births for another group particularly vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies: unmarried women under 25 who have not finished high school.

“Our demographer came into my office with a chart and said, ‘Greta, look at this, we’ve never seen this before,’ ” said Greta Klingler, the family planning supervisor for the public health department. “The numbers were plummeting.”

An intrauterine device, which prevents pregnancy for several years, at a clinic in Walsenburg, Colo. A state program that provides long-acting birth control has contributed to a sharp decline in birth and abortion rates among teenagers. Credit \Benjamin Rasmussen for The New York Times                    

Father Who Sued To Keep His Adult Daughters From Getting Birth Control Wins Key Court Fight

Missouri state Rep. Paul Joseph Wieland ® does not want his daughters’ health plan to cover birth control — even though two of those daughters are adults. So he and his wife sued the Obama administration. Though this lawsuit was rejected on jurisdictional grounds by a federal trial court, a panel of three appellate judges reinstated the suit on Monday. Should the Wielands ultimately prevail in their effort to deny birth control coverage to their daughters, the decision could have implications far beyond the Wieland family, potentially forcing insurance companies to maintain elaborate records to track many of their customers’ views on religion and sexual morality.

Utterly unbelievable

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It’s been a year since Hobby Lobby — and guess what? Women still need birth control access

Contrary to what Mike Huckabee, Hobby Lobby and many conservatives believe, birth control access is hardly just about women’s (apparently) raging libidos, but in fact empowers women in a variety of ways. From a variety of medical conditions to basic economic reasons, birth control is about more than just sex.

Can I skip my birth control pills when I’m not having sex?

Someone asked us:

If I’m going on vacation for 2 weeks without my boyfriend and won’t be sexually active, should I take my new pac of pills or stop them till I come back? Will it mess with my period?

Don’t stop taking those pills! If you want to be protected from pregnancy, take your birth control pills consistently — that means every day. Bottom line is: Even if you’re not having sex for a few weeks or even months, it’s important to keep popping that little pill every day.

-Chelsea @ Planned Parenthood