The London Family Planning Summit on July 11 drew an impressive amount of global attention -- and money -- to the vital cause of improving access to contraception in developing countries. While there's much to celebrate in this bold initiative, some troubling concerns need to be addressed if the global community truly hopes to cut the high death toll from pregnancy, most of which is completely avoidable with basic reproductive health care and a little political will.
The leadership of the Catholic Church has launched what amounts to a holy war against President Barack Obama. Archbishop Timothy Dolan appealed to church members, "Let your elected leaders know that you want religious liberty and rights of conscience restored and that you want the administration's contraceptive mandate rescinded," he said. Obama is now under pressure to reverse a health-care regulation that requires Catholic hospitals and universities, like all employers, to provide contraception to insured women covered by their health plans. Bill Donohue of the Catholic League said, "This is going to be fought out with lawsuits, with court decisions, and, dare I say it, maybe even in the streets." In the wake of the successful pushback against the Susan G.