NAE Told To Stop Working With “Pro-Contraception” Group To Reduce Unintended Pregnancy

In yet another reminder of why it’s hard to take anti-choicers seriously when they claim they only really care about ending abortion, a conflict within the ranks of Evangelicals is growing larger, and the National Association of Evangelicals is under pressure to stop advocating for widespread access to contraception to reduce unintended pregnancies.  

The problem? They are working with a group that is “pro-contraception.”

Via Christianity Today:

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, which encourages the widespread use of contraception in order to reduce unplanned pregnancies, funds the Generation Forum’s research, publications, outreach, and staff. Previewing a forthcoming World article, editor in chief Marvin Olasky critiqued the two organizations as “strange bedfellows”—largely because the National Campaign receives substantial funding from the Hewlett Foundation, which funds many pro-abortion groups.

In response, the Manhattan Declaration urged its followers to tell the NAE to stop using National Campaign funding because the campaign’s goals are “incompatible with [our] faith convictions.”

“Reducing unintended pregnancy is a laudable goal, but here, as in all things, how matters a great deal,” the Manhattan Declaration stated in a blog post (since removed). “If, as in this case, it is through programs that undermine God’s plan for sex in the context of marriage, we must not compromise our values.”

Despite the ongoing failures of abstinence-only education, many organizations are still adamant that the only legitimate sex is that which occurs between a married, heterosexual couple, and that imposing this view on everyone is a more important goal than ensuring sexually active people have access to contraception to prevent unintended pregnancy. Is it any wonder that the “we want to end abortion” line doesn’t ring true?

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  • chrisca

    Since the Bible teaches that contraception is sin:

    Christians are left to struggle with temptation.

  • jennifer-starr

    That’s fine for you, but not everyone should be forced to follow the rules of the Catholic faith. 

  • coralsea

    Religious groups that are so ridiculously strict regarding sex and contraception are doing a lot of harm to the rest of the public with their ever-more vocal demands that their beliefs should reign supreme.  Personally, I believe that most high school kids should probably avoid having intercourse or oral sex — not out of so-called “moral” considerations, but simply to avoid still emotionally immature girls from  “putting out” to please boys (which is a whole other issue regarding self-esteem, which Evangelicals aren’t exactly big on cultivating in girls).  But if teens want to have sex, aren’t being coerced, and are mature enough to have an idea of what they are getting into, fine.   ALL teens should have access to contraception and know (really know) how it must be used in order for it to be effective.   Such instruction should include frank discussions regarding the importance of not having unprotected sex to protect against pregnancy as well as STDs.  Ideally, these topics should be discussed early and often.


    Abstinence education is a joke that relies in large part on “shaming,” inspiring fear, and engendering prejudice against those who don’t follow a narrowly defined heterosexual, aspiring-toward-the-nuclear-family lifestyle.   These programs are based on invoking base instincts and responses at a time when a lot of kids are still unsure of themselves and their place in the world.   “Shaming” is particularly noxious, since many girls and even some women end up avoiding the use contraception and other protection because they believe that it shows that they were “planning” to have sex.  Well, so what?  Better that they are prepared than that they get pregnant or contract an disease.  “Shaming” doesn’t do much to encourage abstinence, but it does wonders for discouraging responsible, protected sex, and for making vulnerable kids feel bad about themselves.


    I am not a Christian, and although I know that Christianity is a positive force in the lives of many people, when a religion is used to bully, frighten, and shame those who aren’t actively invested in all of the particulars of a particular group’s interpretation of scripture (or what have you), and that group is attempting to hinder EVERYONE’s access to contraception, well, that’s just wrong. 


    Sex is a private matter.  As long as it involves consenting parties, it is nobody’s business.  Sex involves basic human desires, and it can deliver sublime pleasure and intense closeness with one’s partner (if closeness is what you are going for.  Otherwise, if the goal is simply sublime pleasure or even just a good time–then go for it!).  For a religious body that represents only a portion of the public to intrude into personal autonomy in this way is totally unwarranted as well as unconstitutional.   These folks can do whatever they want in their own lives — but they need to back the hell off in regard to the rest of us.