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Contraception

With the advent of technologies that allow people to begin life outside the womb or end it the "morning after" fertilization, evangelicals have been rethinking their position on contraception. Some are simply more careful about its use, others reject contraception altogether. But while evangelicals have generally supported contraceptives, they largely opposed recent healthcare legislation mandating contraception coverage.

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  • More young Christians forgo birth control | Al Jazeera America
    Surveys indicate that the vast majority of both Catholic and Protestant married women have used or are currently using contraception. But Wilson is part of a conversation percolating among some adherents of both traditions, most of them educated and conservative, that suggests a growing moral discomfort with birth control.
  • Evangelical college's contraception lawsuit proves divisive | Al Jazeera America
    “There’s this external, out-facing argument to the federal government that ‘we believe these to be abortifacients, and this is part of our core religious identity,’ ” Leah Seppanen Anderson, a political science professor, said. “As an insider at Wheaton, I feel like we have not had that conversation.” She and most of the women she spoke with agreed that in their own lives, they would probably err on the side of not using emergency contraception. But Anderson said she’s simply not comfortable with the college making that decision for her, let alone presenting it to the world as a definitive evangelical value. “It seems like people at best aren’t sure, so why are we drawing the line on the sand on this issue?”

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