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Women in the developing world now give birth to fewer than four children on average, according to a major United Nations study on fertility. The average number of births has fallen from 5.9 children in the 1970s to 3.9 in the 1990s, it says. In 20 countries, births have now fallen beneath the number needed to maintain current population levels. The UN Population Division's World Fertility Report says improved contraception is behind...


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Parents who have more than two children are "irresponsible" for placing an intolerable burden on resources and increasing damage to eco-systems.


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A survey of more than 1,000 men in India has concluded that condoms made according to international sizes are too large for a majority of Indian men. The study found that more than half of the men measured had penises that were shorter than international standards for condoms.


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Benedict XVI, who is on a tour of Africa, said handing out condoms only increased the problem of HIV/Aids. The Roman Catholic Church says marital fidelity and sexual abstinence are the best way to prevent the spread of HIV. But France, echoing the reaction of some aid agencies, said it "voices extremely sharp concern over the consequences of the Pope's comments". While it is not up to us to pass judgment on Church doctrine,...


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Pope Benedict XVI, who is making his first papal visit to Africa, has said that handing out condoms is not the answer in the fight against HIV/Aids. The pontiff, who preaches marital fidelity and abstinence, said the practice only increased the problem.


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Meeting the demand for family planning in poor nations is a cheap and effective way to cut CO2 emissions, a new website initiative claims.


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It is 50 years since the pill was first approved as a contraceptive, finally divorcing sex from pregnancy.


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Scientists say research is needed to ascertain if oral contraceptive pill use could be fuelling rising prostate cancer rates. ... The researchers believe oestrogen by-products in the urine of pill-users may be entering food and drinking water.


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