Call for Papers: The Global Church and Family Planning

A New Call for Papers for 2017

The Global Church and Family Planning
The Center for Bioethics & Human DignityChristian Journal for Global Health

The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 24 million abortions, 70,000 maternal deaths, and 500,000 infant deaths could be prevented if all women had access to an “unmet need” for contraception. Others question that data and whether there is, in fact, an “unmet need.”  Yet there remains a lack of the latest and most effective family planning methods in the developing world. Engaging with family planning is an opportunity for the global church to witness to the gospel and its concern for the welfare of families, women, and children.

CBHD recognizes that views on family planning vary even between Christians who seek to base their ethical opinions on the Scriptures. Christian Connections for International Health co-hosted a meeting in Washington DC from which a 20-page document was published in 2014 entitled “Faith Matters: International Family Planning from a Christian Perspective.” We seek to promote a critical analysis and scholarly engagement with this work which can serve to continue this important conversation and assess effectiveness of various approaches.

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity in collaboration with the Christian Journal for Global Health calls for papers that analyze potential connections and/or areas of concern between Christian faith and family planning and to present research on family planning service provision by faith based organizations. We are particularly interested in original research that shows connections between opinion and successful implementation.

General submissions on other topics continue to be welcomed.

Family planning topics might cover the following:

  • Analysis of arguments for and/or against an “unmet need” for contraception.
  • Discussion and analysis of the connections between access to contraception and abortion, maternal mortality, and infant mortality.
  • Discussion and analysis of the demonstrated health benefits that may result from birth spacing or particular family planning methods or paradigms.
  • Contemporary Christian ethical analysis of particular family planning methods, paradigms, and/or assumptions.
  • Cultural influences on access and use of family planning methods, and issues involving cultural contextualization regarding the promotion of family planning methods, paradigms, and/or assumptions.
  • Examples of Christian faith-based organization participation in Sustainable Development Goal 3.7 toward increased access to family planning information and education.
  • Discussion and analysis of the acceptance of or resistance to terminology such as “family planning” or “birth spacing” versus “birth control” in various faith communities.
  • What are the major factors that still limit access and use of various family planning methods in low and middle income countries?
  • How is the global Church responding to issues of family planning?
  • What are the attitudes and activities of pastors and faith leaders to the use of family planning methods among their members?
  • What is the role of fertility awareness methods versus artificial means in healthy birth spacing?
  • Studies on innovative ways for resourcing and promoting natural or other forms of family planning.

Deadline for submissions to be included in this coming issue: April 30, 2017




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UNFPA and Guttmacher Institute. (2014) Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health. ISBN: 978-1-934387-18-4.

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