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Birth Control and Contraception

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The dominant view, represented by the Church of Moscow<ref></ref>, the Greek Archdiocese, the Orthodox Church in America<ref>[]</ref>, and by the bioethicists Engelhardt and [[Stanley S. Harakas]], may be fairly described as the teaching that non-abortifacient contraception is acceptable if it is used with the blessing of one's spiritual father, and if it is not used to avoid having children for purely selfish reasons.
The position of the Greek Archdiocese of America was given by the Orthodox bioethicist, Father [[Stanley S. Harakas]]: "Because of the lack of a full understanding of the implications of the biology of reproduction, earlier writers tended to identify abortion with contraception. However, of late a new view has taken hold among Orthodox writers and thinkers on this topic, which permits the use of certain contraceptive practices within marriage for the purpose of spacing children, enhancing the expression of marital love, and protecting health."<ref></ref>
Some would follow the earlier position taken by the Church of Greece in her encyclical of October 14, 1937<ref> []</ref>, which accepted birth control but not contraception, i.e., it accepted abstinence and NFP, but condemned any method of contraception.

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