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Protestant ethics approves of a responsible and well-considered planning of pregnancy and family (Family planning). In an attempt to avoid negative connotations, it has become customary to speak of “birth control” rather than contraception. As a hormonal contraceptive preventing the fertilization of the ovum and thus pregnancy, the “pill” is one of the methods for birth control.

Methods that block the nidation of an already fertilized ovum and provoke an early abortion are to be distinguished from the pill. The intra-uterine device, for instance, may al…

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Kreß, Hartmut, “Contraception”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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