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10 Christian Denominations With Most Liberal Stance on Birth Control

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 07:46 AM

Many Christian denominations around today take a liberal stance on birth control. Some even advocate for public funding of contraceptive distribution and birth control education.

Here are 10 of the most liberal denominations:

1. Anglican Church

The UK-based Anglican Church became the first to speak out in favor of birth control, way back in 1930. Convinced that the cure to England’s poverty problems included a lower birthrate, the Anglicans’ 1930 Lambeth Conference resolved that “in those cases where there is such a clearly felt moral obligation to limit or avoid parenthood, and where there is a morally sound reason for avoiding complete abstinence…other methods may be used, provided that this is done in the light of Christian principles,” according to the bound4life.com website.

In an American response to the Anglican edict, the Federal Council of Churches’ Committee on Home and Family issued statements in 1931 defending family size limitations and encouraging repeal of laws banning contraceptive sales and distribution.

After the release of the birth control pill some 30 years later, churches in the United States began hopping aboard the birth control bandwagon.

2. Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

Some of the earliest U.S. adopters of a liberal approach included the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the United Church of Christ (UCC). In all three cases, the churches' advocacy for contraception went hand-in-hand with support for abortion.

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In a 1970 report, the Presbyterians stated support for "mass contraceptive techniques” as well as low-cost abortion on demand, according to the bound4life.com website.

3. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Also in 1970, this branch of the Lutheran church officially accepted both contraception and abortion as “responsible choices,” according to bound4life.com

4. United Church of Christ (UCC)

In 1977, the UCC contended that free access to contraception and abortion are “matters of justice,” according to bound4life.com.

5. Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)

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The UUA also supports rights to both birth control and abortion. Unlike some other liberal denominations, however, the UUA opposes any attempts to pass these "private morality" decisions into public law.

The UUA "affirms the access to family planning and reproductive health care including birth control, age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education, and abortion,” according to a current public policy statement from the UUA.

6. Episcopal Church of the United States of America

Some denominations, on the other hand, combine a liberal stance on birth control with a conservative position on abortion. This is true of the Episcopal Church of the USA, whose General Convention went on record in favor of birth control even earlier than the Presbyterian and Evangelical Lutheran churches.

In a 1965 statement, the Episcopalians opposed "such laws as may not exist that serve to prevent or inhibit the dispensing of birth control information and contraceptive devices by licensed physicians, hospitals, and medical clinics,” according to the Episcopal Diocese of New York. This statement applied to both married and single people, and it included support for using government funds to give birth control information to individuals on welfare.

7. United Methodist Church (UMC)

Along somewhat similar lines, the UMC states in its Resolution on Responsible Parenthood that "each couple has the right and responsibility to control conception according to their circumstances."

The church also supports adequate public funding and "increased participation in family planning services by public and private agencies." 

8. Christian Reformed Church (CRC)

Although pro-life on the subject of abortion, the CRC is pro-choice about contraception, but only for married couples. In its Synod 2003, the church stated that a married couple's decision about whether to use birth control is a private matter. 

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9. The Christian Church (Disciples for Christ)

The Disciples for Christ support "responsible family planning," leaving decisions about which techniques to use up to each couple or individual, according to the Association of Christian Churches of South Dakota (ACCSD).

10. General Conference Mennonite Church

The General Conference Mennonite Church also approves of contraception, as long as it is accomplished through pre-fertilization methods, according to the ACCSD.

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