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Survey of Christians finds wide approval of effective family planning

Roland Merullo is correct that both pro-life and pro-choice advocates can move beyond abortion and work fervently to prevent unintended pregnancy (“Beyond prolife and prochoice,” Op-ed, Jan. 22). Effective family planning methods are the best way, and, happily, a large number of devout Christians agree — by their own practice and by their broad approval of contraceptives.

Christian Connections for International Health is a network of 163 diverse Christian organizations — Catholic and Protestant, evangelical and mainline, US and international. Our survey of members found that they approve helping couples determine the number and timing of pregnancies, including the use of voluntary family planning methods. Many want to help in providing family planning services, consistent with their beliefs and values.

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