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18. We know what seriousness the problem of birth control canassume for some families and for some countries. That is why the last Counciland subsequently the encyclical "" of July 25,1968, spoke of "responsible parenthood."[24] What we wish to say againwith emphasis, as was pointed out in the conciliar constitution "," in the encyclical "" andin other papal documents, is that never, under any pretext, may abortion beresorted to, either by a family or by the political authority, as a legitimatemeans of regulating births.[25] The damage to moral values is always a greaterevil for the common good than any disadvantage in the economic or demographicorder.

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