A detailed study on Catholic attitudes to family planning indicates that practical considerations are more important than ethical-religious norms in decisions about the use of birth control by Argentina's Catholics.
    The survey showed only 37% of the 94% of Catholics who consider birth control eventually opt for church-approved methods. Moreover, 79% base their knowledge about birth control on secular information. Some 21% look at both religious and secular information, but the figure of those basing their knowledge on religious information alone in negligible.
    The study is based on a poll carried out among Catholic couples who attend Mass in two districts around the capital, by sociologists Mario Constantino and Hilario Wynarczyk.
    Economic reasons were the predominating factor motivating the use of birth control.
    ALC News 1:33pm 28/5/99


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