You don’t have to spend long on the Internet or listening to the radio before you’re bound to come across a headline related to contraception and the Affordable Care Act, or a politician’s comments on a woman’s right to birth control, or a report about laws restricting (or expanding) abortion. These are some of the very hottest of hotbutton issues in our culture right now as controversies like the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case stoke the already inflamed discussion regarding reproductive health, women’s rights, and freedom of religion.
Woven throughout the tangle of opinions on these matters are some crucial threads that ought to be of the utmost importance to every person of faith: the inestimable and sacred value of human life, an appreciation of the good gifts of sexual intimacy and family, and an unwavering trust in an almighty and sovereign God.
These controversies aren’t just in the headlines—they can also make their way into our own bedrooms: Will our faith play a role in helping us making wise and discerning choices about birth control? They might even make their way into our hospital room: How will we respond to painful news about a pregnancy? How will our faith inform tough choices related to infertility or other arenas of reproductive health?
This issue of Today’s Christian Woman will help you navigate some of the critical ethical issues related to reproduction. In “Considering Reproductive Technology?” Corrie Cutrer examines how faith integrates with our choices about reproductive health and infertility. Highlighting some of the key ethical issues Christian women face when considering fertility treatments, she points toward critical principles that can help guide our decision-making.1
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