Protesters on both sides of the birth control issue demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Protesters on both sides of the birth control issue demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Published at The Washington Post b Opinion writer September 24

Pope Francis’s visit has brought renewed attention to some of our nation’s toughest economic challenges: inequality, poverty and income (im)mobility. These are pressing issues that leaders of both political parties say they want to tackle, but they disagree on useful, or even acceptable, policy tools.

I have a humble suggestion for an antipoverty policy that, if framed correctly, could appeal to both left and right (though probably not Francis).

That policy: better access to contraception.

In a sense it’s unfortunate that contraception – forget the more divisive issue of abortion – has been primarily framed as an issue about feminism, sexual liberation and other flashpoints in the culture wars.

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