Reconciling God With Contraception
Early in my public health career, I learned an important lesson about faith and family planning.
I had led a Philippine delegation to Indonesia to learn about that country’s family planning program and how it saved mothers’ and infants’ lives and, in the process, also curbed population growth. We met with and learned from Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, two of the largest Islamic organizations in the world. After we returned to the Philippines, one of my colleagues, an imam, invited me to speak at his Friday prayer. I shied away from addressing family planning – the topic that had brought us together in the first place.
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