A NEW CALL FOR PAPERS for 2017
The Global Church and Family Planning
The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 24 million abortions, 70,000 maternal deaths, and 500,000 infant deaths could be prevented if all women had access to an “unmet need” for contraception. Others question that data and whether there is, in fact, an “unmet need.” Yet there remains a lack of the latest and most effective family planning methods in the developing world. Engaging with family planning is an opportunity for the global church to witness to the gospel and its concern for the welfare of families, women and children.
The Journal recognizes that views on family planning vary even between Christians who seek to base their ethical opinions on the Scriptures. Christian Connections for International Health co-hosted a meeting in Washington DC from which a 20-page document was published in 2014 entitled “Faith Matters: International Family Planning from a Christian Perspective.” We seek to promote a critical analysis and scholarly engagement with this work which can serve to continue this important conversation and assess effectiveness of various approaches.
The Christian Journal for Global Health in collaboration with The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity and with grant support from Christian Connections for International Health calls for papers that analyze potential connections and/or areas of concern between Christian faith and family planning and to present research on family planning service provision by faith based organizations. We are particularly interested in original research that shows connections between opinion and successful implementation.
General submissions on other topics continue to be welcomed.
Family planning topics might cover the following:
Deadline for submissions to be included in this coming issue: April 30, 2017
Austad K, Chary A, Colom A, Barillas R, Luna D, Menjivar C, et al. (2016) Fertility Awareness Methods Are not Modern Contraceptives: Defining Contraception to Reflect Our Priorities. Glob Health Sci Pract. 4(2):342-345. http://dx.doi.org/10.9745/GHSP-D-16-00044
CCIH. (2014) Faith Matters: International Family Planning From a Christian Perspective. http://www.ccih.org/Faith-Matters-FP-Christian-Perspective.pdf
Dowbiggin, I. (2008). The Sterilization Movement and Global Fertility in the Twentieth Century. New York: Oxford University Press.
Guryan J, Hurst E, Kearney M. (2008) Parental Education and Parental Time with Children. American Economic Association 22(3). https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/jep.22.3.23
Malarcher S, Spieler J, Fabic MS, Jordan S, Starbird EH, Kenon C. (2016) Fertility Awareness Methods: Distinctive Modern Contraceptives. Glob Health Sci Pract. 4(1):13-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.9745/GHSP-D-15-00297
Malarcher S, Fabic MS, Spieler J, Starbird EH, Kenon C, Jordan S. (2016) Response to Austad: Offering a Range of Methods, Including Fertility Awareness Methods, Facilitates Method Choice. Glob Health Sci Pract. 4(2):346-349. http://dx.doi.org/10.9745/GHSP-D-16-00115
Mosley, W Henry. (2014) Family Planning as a Christian Global Health Agenda. Christian Journal for Global Health 1(2):2-4. http://dx.doi.org/10.15566/cjgh.v1i2.47
Oas, R. (2016) Is There an ‘Unmet Need’ for Family Planning? The New Atlantis. 49:61-76. Available at http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/is-there-an-unmet-need-for-family-planning
Starbird E, Norton M, Marcus R. (2016) Investing in Family Planning: Key to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Glob Health Sci Pract. 4(2):191-210. http://dx.doi.org/10.9745/GHSP-D-15-00374
UNFPA and Guttmacher Institute. (2014) Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health. ISBN: 978-1-934387-18-4. http://www.unfpa.org/adding-it-up
World Health Organization (WHO). (2013) Unmet Need for Family Planning. Available from http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/family_planning/unmet_need_fp/en/ .
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