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Bishop talks about risks of oral contraceptives

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Harrisburg Bishop Ronald Gainer was installed back in March, but he has not avoided talking about some of the controversial issues.

Gainer was a guest on Smart Talk on WITF radio this week, and was asked about contraceptives. He called it a moral issue that also poses a major health risk.

Gainer said he has read research that suggests the use of oral contraceptives can increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

Father Paul Schenck says Gainer was referring to research conducted by the Komen Foundation and other outlets. Schenck says Bishop Gainer was also pointing out the importance of having open dialogue on a topic that is overlooked or not addressed.

"I think it deserves to be discussed in health care, it deserves to be discussed in schools and churches," said Schenck. "This goes to the very heart of spiritual and physical health."

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