Poll of Christians Finds Abstinence Still Preferred Method of Birth Control

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 28, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 28,

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll of evangelical Christians finds that abstinence is still the preferred method of birth control, despite abortion advocates pushing newer methods such as the morning after pill. Some 61 percent said abstaining from sex before marriage and fidelity in marriage is the best approach.

ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian Internet portal, conducted the survey randomly among 1,200 of its millions of members.

Of the members who favored abstinence, they responded that they believed it was acceptable to use birth control as a means for family planning. Others that answered the poll made it clear that their support was dependent upon the method.

"Birth control prevents babies from being born, it doesn’t kill them," one member said.

Others argued that it was better than an abortion by stating, "It’s better to prevent conception than to kill a fetus in the womb."

"As long as it doesn’t abort the baby," was one response.

A majority of respondents were in agreement with the use of birth control if the family’s income can’t support many children.

However, twenty-one percent of those polled did not believe that birth control was acceptable. The most popular reason was quoted in Genesis 1:28, "Be fruitful and multiply the earth."

Many other "no" responders felt that God was in control of a believer’s life and "God decides when you have children, not you."

Still, others found the meaning of birth control and abortion to be synonymous by making comments such as, "God forbids killing and murder."

A final 18 percent of those surveyed were unsure about whether or not birth control was an acceptable Christian behavior. Those that were unsure stated having conflicting information given to them through the Bible and through their personal experiences.

"Sometimes there are circumstances, emotional and financial that would require the use of birth control," one member opined.