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Religious Studies

Sikhism: contraception and abortion


Contraception or ‘birth control’ is used for a variety of reasons:

  • when pregnancy might harm the mental or physical condition of the mother
  • to limit the number of children people have to ensure they don't damage living standards or affect other children
  • to prevent pregnancy in people who do not want a child at this stage in their lives

Sikh beliefs about contraception

There are no rules in Sikhism against the use of contraceptives. Sikhism teaches that couples should decide whether they use family planning and what method they should use. However, natural methods of contraception are generally preferred to artificial methods and devices.

Contraception may be seen as necessary for health of the partners or the upbringing of existing children.

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