For many, the birth control debate boils down to religion, but is it really that simple?
It seems illogical that one person's version of what Christianity mandates should trump another person's idea of God's plan for their life. In a 2006 speech, Obama noted, "And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would it be James Dobson's, or Al Sharpton's? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is okay and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount — a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? We — so, before we get carried away, let's read our Bibles now. Folks haven't been reading their Bible."
This issue of birth control, relationships and religion is clearly a divisive one, yet it's just more complicated than "don't have sex." Birth control is often an integral part of caring monogamous relationships either for health or family-planning reasons. And many of these women are religious and have no problem reconciling their use of birth control with their faith. It's time to get past the reductivist "slut-shaming" arguments and get to the heart of the issue.
Do you take birth control? Tell us why.