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What is the Coptic Orthodox Church's view on birth control?

The issue of birth control is governed by three important factors: faith, health and economy. Faith in God induces us to bless marriage and childbearing, trusting that God is able to provide means of livelihood for all. Health issues gear this faith towards regard for the health of the mother and children. Economic considerations should induce the family to sit down first and calculate not only the expenses of food, drink and clothing, but also all the obligations involved in the process of bringing up the children.

The church cannot prohibit the means of contraception and force people to reproduce without limit, while falling short of providing help to those who are unable to bring up children. If the church did that, she would involve the family in poverty, illness, and ignorance and cause the state economic crises due to over-population.

Family planning can be done without contraceptives using some careful cycle calculations. Copts who correctly observe all the fasts of our church should not have great difficulty controlling birth.
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