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Now, Mizoram church against birth control policy
Published on 22 Jul. 2009 12:15 AM IST
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Another Christian-dominated state has followed suit Kerala by staunchly denouncing birth control measures of the government. Mizoram’s largest church last week came out strongly against the policy of birth control, which they said was against the “continuation of God’s creation”. According to a report in Christian Today website, Synod, the biggest assembly of the Mizoram Presbyterian Church, said it would educate the church members to have as many children as possible and will outrightly oppose any birth control policy in the state. “Newly born denotes continuation of God’s creation,” said Rev. Zosangliana Colney, executive secretary of the Mizoram Synod. “It is God’s blessing on human beings. Who are we to stop?” He continued that Mizoram was less populated compared to other states in India and many NGOs also feel birth control is not necessary in the northeastern state. Colney maintains that “If God wants his creation to continue here on earth, he will surely balance life as well.” Earlier, three other presbyteries Dampa, Lunglei and Ramlai East, had urged the Synod to oppose the birth control policy. Apparently the Synod had twice passed resolutions against the policy, one in 1976 and second in 1985. Mizoram does have a peer in the southern state of Kerala who on similar lines condemned birth control policy of one being the family planning bill. Already worried about its dwindling flock, the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council not only opposed it but also agreed to offer support to families that have more children. According to the Kerala Family Planning and Control Bill, families having a third child will be fined 10,000 Rs ($240). In addition, families will also be denied free education and treatment in government hospitals.

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