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Friday, June 19 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Beyond the Culture Wars: Birth Control and Family Planning

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Birth control, contraception, family planning—no matter the wording, the topic sparks debate among Christians. Globally, more than 225 million women lack access to family planning, in part due to religious and cultural resistance. In the United States, access to birth control has become controversial—though studies strongly suggest that offering free effective contraceptives may drastically lower rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion. Why is birth control controversial among U.S. Protestants, and why is access a matter of social justice? These questions and more will be explored in this session, inviting participants to envision contraceptive access as an important justice issue, while considering issues of race, geography, poverty, and (dis)ability.

Smaller Venue Facilitators

Mona Bormet

Program Director, Christian Connections for International Health

Ellen Painter Dollar

Author, No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction (Westminster John Knox, 2012)

Katie Kraft

Advocacy Coordinator, Healthy Families, Healthy Planet Project

Rachel Marie Stone

Author, Eat With Joy: Redeeming God's Gift of Food

Katey Zeh

Project Director, Healthy Families, Healthy Planet Project

Friday June 19, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm EDT
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