People have less unprotected sex after the Pope visits a town and abortion rates fall by a fifth, study finds


January 18, 2020

By Jemma Carr

– Towns and cities see drop in number unwanted pregnancies after a papal visit
– But birth rates don’t increase meaning couples abstaining or using protection
– Scientists who conducted study were led by team from University of Sussex

The Pope reduces the number of abortions when he visits a town because his presence makes people have less unprotected sex, a study found.

Scientists, led by a team from the University of Sussex, found that couples have less unprotected sex when the Pope is in town to avoid having an abortion and breaking Catholic doctrine.

Even after the pope leaves the area, his influence remains as researchers found abortions plummeted by up to a fifth for as long as 14 months after a papal visit.

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