At Psychology Today Blogs, Marty Klein muses on why the right wing and “Christian” culture warriors oppose birth control. He offers several reasons. Here’s an excrept, including the reasons; follow the link for his discussion of each (emphasis added):
Millions of people around the world will have sex tonight. And more than 99% of it will NOT be intended to create a pregnancy. Yet many cultural, religious, and political traditions treat contraception as an anomaly, something to be regulated and even criminalized.
Most Americans of every faith pick and choose which parts of their religion they follow at various times in life (the First Amendment guarantees the right of such convenient selectivity). So there are reasons besides “sin” that so many religiously-oriented people oppose birth control—particularly for other people; here are some of those reasons:
- Contraception makes it clear that people have sex for pleasure and intimacy
- Contraception effectively limits family size, empowering women
- Contraception reduces a key unwanted consequence of sex, promoting (women’s–ed.) autonomy
- Contraception may make abortion more acceptable