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What faiths teach about birth control

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Posted on Jul. 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm

From sltrib.com:

Contraception in one form or another has been around since ancient times. While most every faith holds a notion of fertility and procreation within the family, according to The Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion, their views about contraception differ.

Here is a summary, from a variety of sources, of major faiths’ teachings.

Judaism

Orthodox Jews prohibit males from using contraceptives such as condoms that waste the “male seed,” a teaching derived from Genesis 38:9-10, in which God killed Onan for spilling his seed on the ground during intercourse.

Orthodox Jews allow female contraceptives for health reasons, while Conservative and Reform Jews allow individuals to make contraceptive choices based partly on rabbinical literature sanctioning sexual pleasure between married partners.

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