New article in Christian Journal of Global Health

By Rebecca Oas, Ph.D. | July 19, 2017

I have a new article out in the Christian Journal of Global Health exploring the relationship between faith-based aid organizations and family planning.  Much of the debate over family planning within Christian organizations has focused on specific methods and the moral implications of whether a method is morally permissible to use.  But there are other concerns when it comes to forming partnerships with many of the leading international family planning organizations, many of which promote abortion and other controversial aspects of the “sexual and reproductive health and rights” agenda.  The international family planning movement, with its best-known representatives Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes, carries a lot of baggage, from abortion to misleading statistics to controversial sexual education curricula.  The article discusses the difficulty of separating family planning as a series of methods from the international movement that has developed around it—and whether the dominant discourse within that movement is on a collision course with a Christian worldview.