Scholars’ Statement on the Ethics of Using Contraceptives
Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research, August 2016
Summary: Neither the Bible nor the biological laws regulating human reproduction offer any evidence either that sexual intercourse must be open on all occasions to procreation, or that using “artificial” contraceptives is always unethical, or “intrinsically wrong”. On the contrary, abundant evidence from the Bible itself, evolutionary biology, and sociology points to the fact that people engage in sexual intercourse for a variety of legitimate meanings and purposes, of which procreation is but one, and that neither the biological capacity, nor the intention, to procreate is intrinsic to each and every act of sexual intercourse. Accordingly, the use of contraceptives for both family planning and prophylactic purposes can be responsible.
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