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Mormonism and Birth Planning: The Discrepancy between Church Authorities' Teachings and Lay Attitudes

Donald W. Hastings, Charles H. Reynolds and Ray R. Canning
Population Studies
Vol. 26, No. 1 (Mar., 1972), pp. 19-28
DOI: 10.2307/2172798
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2172798
Page Count: 10
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Mormonism and Birth Planning: The Discrepancy between Church Authorities' Teachings and Lay Attitudes
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Abstract

This paper examines the traditional stance taken by Mormon Church authorities regarding birth control. Special attention is given to the theological context used as a justification for pro-natalist benefits. Previous research which treats Mormons as a special sub-group in KAP studies is reviewed. We find that while the stance of Church leaders has been consistent historically, the college-educated Mormon is more accepting of family planning to-day than previously.

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