Religious Engagement in Family Planning Policies
October 15, 2015
The decisions involved in family planning are intimate choices by couples and individuals that reflect a host of different factors: expectations and hopes shaped by culture, family circumstances, economic and social situations; access to information and means to control one's fertility; and health concerns. The roles of religious beliefs, communities, and leaders at the individual, family, and societal levels can be very significant, encouraging positive attitudes and actions or discouraging various forms of contraception altogether. Exactly how those roles play out, however, can be difficult to pin down and they vary widely from place to place, and among different religious traditions.