24 responses to Do Amish use birth control?
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    linda saul
    Comment on Do Amish use birth control? (October 21st, 2010 at 13:54)

    I am inquiring more of the Mennonites. Do they use birth control. I would really like to see the difference in the Amish and Mennonites. Like with the Mennonites do the married men have beards, do they have their church meetings in others homes or do they actually have a church. We are moving to a Mennonite ares so would really like to know more of their traditions. thanks.

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    Comment on Do Amish use birth control? (October 21st, 2010 at 16:58)

    Hi Linda,

    I can’t comment on Mennonite use of birth control, but for some general differences between Amish and Mennonites, you might try this entry: http://amishamerica.com/whats-the-difference-between-amish-and-mennonites/

    Thanks for your comment!

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    Comment on Do Amish use birth control? (October 25th, 2010 at 09:15)

    Actually, Linda I should have said that more progressive Mennonite groups are going to typically be more open to the use of artificial means of birth control, at least compared to Old Order Amish.

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    Marilyn in New York
    Comment on do Amish use birth control? (June 3rd, 2011 at 14:07)

    do Amish use birth control?

    I was talking to my Old Order Mennonite friend,Jean about some things and birth control got brought up. I asked her if Old Order Mennonite use birth control. She said no with a little giggled and but no one knows what goes on in someone elses house. To verify she said that church rule is not to use birth control. Each of your children is a gift from God. She and her husband, David, do not use birth control. It has been God’s will that so far they only have two children and they are almost six years apart. But she said she does not know if this is held true in every homes especially with the younger newly weds. She said she hopes they are upholding the rules-but she does not know for certain.
    Marilyn from New York

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    Katie Troyer
    Comment on Do Amish use birth control? (June 5th, 2011 at 09:36)

    My great aunt used birth control and they had only two sons. Also years ago they would drink a certain tea as a birth control, but noboody was supposed to know they did.

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    Comment on Do Amish use birth control? (June 5th, 2011 at 13:21)

    Interesting topic. Birth control to me is a moot point. The Lord knows our days and knows when we are to procreate or even if we are going to. His timing is always perfect even if it does not seem so to us. I have two friends that got pregnant while using some form of birth control–one has 5 kiddos (that last two were surprises while she was on some form of chemical birth control) and one has 2 kids who are almost teenagers (second one was while she was on the pill). My take on it–the Lord knew when the best time was for them to have their children and so it happened.

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      Comment on Correct use of birth control. (December 1st, 2011 at 18:12)

      Correct use of birth control.

      I would suggest thst your friend who got pregnant using birth control, was not using it properly.

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        Comment on Well... (October 7th, 2015 at 01:56)


        Even perfect use of birth control will lead to a number of pregnancies I am afraid. I have a friend who got pregnant despite using both birth control pills and a condom (they were only a couple months into their relationship). She had never wanted kids but once she got pregnant despite using two forms of birth control she decided it was faith that had intervened and had the baby and about 2 years later she had another one. She and the guy she got pregnant by are still a couple and happy together despite starting their relationship with a baby less than a year after meeting.

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    Comment on Do Amish use birth control? (August 1st, 2011 at 06:30)

    My conservative Mennonite friends dress like the Amish (but can use designs on the material and plaid colored dresses and shirts) They are not allowed to use birth control either. Don’t know if it a church rule, tho’. Most Mennonite families are large, 6 or more children. I know a few families who have 9 or more children.

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    Comment on Mennonite Birth Control (August 27th, 2011 at 15:54)

    Mennonite Birth Control

    My parents came up in conservative Mennonite households. Both my grandparents and my parents used condoms. I agree with the original article, barrier methods are permitted. I have other relatives with up to 14 kids, so it is definitely a choice amongst the people I know.

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      Comment on Do Amish use birth control? (May 16th, 2012 at 19:29)

      well, all my mennonite friends are either eastern PA, or Nationwide. Are those more conservative fellowship’s than most conservative mennonites?

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    Daniel Griego
    Comment on birth control (November 23rd, 2011 at 10:27)

    birth control

    Interesting subject but my personal thought is nobody asks about me and my wife’s Birth control or sexual behavior so I’m not going to ask about theirs. What happens in ones bedroom should stay private

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      Stephanie Rollins
      Comment on I agree (October 6th, 2015 at 22:24)

      I agree


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    Comment on birth control is not a moot point (November 23rd, 2011 at 11:47)

    birth control is not a moot point

    There was only one person that used birth control in the Bible, that was Onan, in Gen 38, whom God killed. Of course, there was more to the situation: Onan was supposed to raise up children for his brother. Mal 2:15 says the reason God makes us one in marriage is so we can raise up a godly seed for Him.

    All through the Bible, we see people waiting on God to see if He will bless them with children or not. When Rachel came to Jacob saying, Give me children or I die!, he replied, Am I in the place of God? This is the question for us, because there is something very presumptuous about trying to take charge of the whole process.

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    Comment on Do Amish use birth control? (November 23rd, 2011 at 20:46)

    This is just another example of American secularism creeping into our culture.

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    Comment on Population (December 1st, 2011 at 18:15)


    The world is starving due to various religions dictating that no one should use contraception. It is wrong. We are over populated and causing global warming.

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      Comment on Wrong? (December 5th, 2011 at 10:58)


      I think I would have to disagree with your comment. The WORLD is not starving because “religions” dictate contraception use. There are those in third world countries that are starving, not because it’s against their religion to use birth control but because they don’t have the resources. I do know of some Catholics that use birth control even though “it’s wrong,” in their doctrine. Another point. Since the Amish do not qualify for Social Security and state benefits such as Medicare (and most likely foodstamps), I have to disagree with starving part there too. Even though some of the more “progressive” Amish may use Wal-Mart or other stores, and may not grow all of their own food, for the most part they are self sufficient. I have yet to see a “starving” Amish child, or family. People in developed countries are starving not necessarily from “overpopulation,” but from families living beyond their means, and the resources of the community. The world, in general, is overpopulated because too many people want to live in the big cities, and stretch the resources of country/community. I don’t think there is a problem with resources in the Amish communities.

      One last comment/question. If a person wants to adhere to what the religious doctrine says (we still have free choice you know), why is that wrong?

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      Comment on Do Amish use birth control? (May 14th, 2012 at 14:06)

      Amish people are quite self sufficient and a large family is very helpful in self sufficiency. As far as global warming and other environmental issues are concerned, any comparison with the general population is ludicrous. Amish use little to none of disposable paper products, most don’t drive cars. I don’t know of any that use air conditioning (AC largest contributor to global warming). Amish people cook wholesome food, as opposed to packaged processed “food”. Nuclear power plants ar NOT built to serve the Amish communities. Because they are off-grid Amish people are the most environmentally friendly existing today.

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      Comment on the world is dying because of overpopulation? (June 19th, 2014 at 19:23)

      the world is dying because of overpopulation?

      Here’s the thing, Beverley.
      If a man and woman have 1 child and teach that child that it’s ok to be wasteful, negligent, oblivious, and unconcerned with the care of the environment, that one child is the cause of the world “starving” as you put it. If a man and woman have 13 kids and teach each one of them to be resourceful, not wasteful, careful of how they treat the earth, and wise in the choices they make, those 13 kids will make a big impact on the world for the better.
      So no. Just no.
      Saying that because the Amish (or any sort of person against birth control) is killing the beauty of the world because they have a lot of kids is ridiculous. The good, wise people (like the Amish for the most part) are the ones that need to have the most kids, and it’s good that they’re doing it. Because, guess what, Beverley, if the Amish weren’t around making all of their babies on their pristine farms, that land would be torn up by someone who is probably an only child and turned into a strip mall where other siblingless people will buy stuff they don’t need.

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      Comment on Do Amish use birth control? (September 26th, 2015 at 18:16)

      no.no.no.The population of the US is aging.

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    catholic woman
    Comment on nfp (December 16th, 2012 at 23:03)


    What about Natural Family Planning?


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    Jesus Christ
    Comment on The Truth (February 2nd, 2013 at 22:54)

    The Truth


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    Comment on Do Amish use birth control? (October 22nd, 2013 at 20:32)

    They wear protection to help prevent the spread of ABES

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    Dave C
    Comment on Do Amish use birth control? (February 14th, 2018 at 19:56)

    This is a very good thread. It was made better by discussion of underlying Amish culture.

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