Samira K. Mehta is assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies & Jewish Studies, University of Colorado Boulder. Mehta's research and teaching focus on the intersections of religion, culture, and gender, including the politics of family life and reproduction in the United States. Her first book, "Beyond Chrismukkah: The Christian-Jewish Interfaith Family in the United States," was a National Jewish book award finalist. She has a book of essays forthcoming from Beacon Press called "The Racism of People Who Love You." Mehta’s current project, God Bless the Pill? Sexuality, Contraception, and American Religion examines the role of Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant voices in competing moral logics of contraception, population control, and eugenics from the mid-twentieth century to the present.
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The Catholic Church’s official line on abortion, and even on any artificial birth control, is well known: Don’t do it. Surveys of how American Catholics live their lives, though, tell a different story. The vast majority of Catholic women […]