Intimately Intertwined: The Challenges, Opportunities, and Capacity Building of Sexual Reproductive Health in response to the Fundamentalist Christian Objections toward Sex
ESC Congress Library. Rivers J. May 28, 2014; 50507; A-092
Ms. Jocelyn Rivers
Ms. Jocelyn Rivers
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Objective(s): This paper seeks to further understanding of the North American fundamentalist Christian opposition to sexual reproductive health (SRH) and the implications worldwide. This paper also seeks to identify the key arguments against SRH from a fundamentalist Christian worldview so as to effectively address the objections to increase rights and health while mitigating population growth.

Design and Methods: The methods utilized are content analysis and intersectionality feminist framework for analysis. This research used a comprehensive analysis of current materials published on the area SRH and Christian fundamentalist groups are teaching about SRH. Thorough analysis of relevant biblical writings, catholic catechism, best selling books on the topic of Christian sex, sexuality, purity, modesty, and gendered behavior, as well as academic literature on why this approach have failed in increasing SRH and bodily autonomy.


Results: The results are four key arguments that fundamentalist Christians in North America have against SRH: no non-procreative sex, no premarital sex, no abortions, no education about sex, sexuality, and sexual health.  These objections have implications internationally. The results demonstrate the moral aspect of sexuality inconsistant with the health aspect of sex. There is a conflict of interest between public health, policy, education, and religious organizations. Conservative approaches to sexual health education, the implications are in need of being rectified today, both in Canada and the USA, and their influence internationally.

Conclusions: There are objections to SRH in fundamentalist Christian teachings. The research creates a context for these teaching and further understand how to address the objections. Reducing access to education, contraceptives and abortions limits women’s experience and puts their rights and health at risk. By following the approach of limited teachings of SRH, it also puts youth at a high risk for pregnancy and increased risk of transmitting STI. By incorporating an intersectionality framework, this research further identifies how the LGBTQPIA+ and People of Colour (PoC) are systematically ignored. Developing proactive SRH resources and access to health needs also decreases population growth. Developing capacity for individuals and groups to better address the SRH needs for people, but especially for people such as youth and women.

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