Laudato sii, § 50

adv_pope_francispetitThis is what Pope Francis’ long-awaited encyclical on the environment has to say on “reproductive health”:

“Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate. At times, developing countries face forms of international pressure which make economic assistance contingent on certain policies of “reproductive health”… To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues.