Two Australian researchers, in an article published in medical journal The Lancet, suggest that the Catholic Church make oral contraception pills readily available to nuns, so as to reduce their risk of cancer. Though this sounds odd, childless women (which include nuns by default) are more likely to die from breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers than women who have given birth. And the Pill is known to reduce women's risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.
Studies have found that overall mortality rates in women using the Pill are twelve percent lower than in those who have never used it. For childless women, lack of pregnancy and lactation means more menstrual cycles, which increases the risk of cancer. So how does one reconcile science with Catholic doctrine which condemns all forms of contraception, barring abstinence? According to Dr. Kara Britt of Melbourne's Monash University, and Professor Roger Short of the University of Melbourne:
"The Catholic Church condemns all forms of contraception, as outlined by Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae in 1968. Although Humanae Vitae never mentions nuns, they should be free to use the contraceptive pill to protect against the hazards of nulliparity (not having children) since the document states that the church in no way regards as unlawful therapeutic means considered necessary to cure organic diseases, even though they also have a contraceptive effect."
It seems like a no-brainer to me. God shouldn't have a problem with nuns living longer, because that means more time spent worshipping Him/Her/Whatever, and spreading the good news. The man-made pill should be kosher with the man-created laws of the church, right?