Out of the many thousands of articles related to World Population Day 2012, the following caught my attention. After all, the mobilization of communities of faith to work with governments, donors and other secular partners to bring family planning back as a major force in maternal, child and community health around the world would be a major and largely positive step forward in terms of expanding family planning services. See:
Faith-based organizations to make new commitments at London Family Planning Summit
When the British government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation bring together governments, donors, civil society, the private sector and the research and development community in London on July 11 for a major summit that hopes to rekindle the neglected embers of family planning, there will be one constituency there that might surprise some people — people of faith, including Christians (Catholics, mainline Protestants, and evangelicals), Muslims and other faiths.
These religious leaders are working to mobilize the faith community to work with governments, donors and other secular partners to bring family planning back as a major force in maternal, child and community health, something that has been downplayed the past two decades, in part because AIDS and other health issues took precedence, and in part because of the religious and political sensitivities to sexuality and family planning.
This faith support for family planning ranges from progressive Christians to Catholics and evangelicals.
“Family planning is morally laudable in Christian terms because of its contribution to family well-being, women and children’s health, and the prevention of abortion,” said Richard Cizik, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good. “Our loving challenge to pro-life Christians: Please do not block family planning efforts, globally or domestically, because of your opposition to groups that provide both contraception and abortion. Instead, consider how a deeply pro-life moral commitment, focusing on the flourishing of all human beings made in God’s image, actually ought to lead to support for family planning.”
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