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Birth Control for Newlyweds

26 April, 2004

Question:

I am getting married this summer and do not want to have children immediately as I would be overwhelmed with the possibility of being newly married as well as a new mother. The thought of becoming pregnant during the first year of marriage is overwhelming to me in itself. In this situation, would I be permitted to use birth control pills in order to prevent a pregnancy from occurring?
Thank you.


Answer:

Different rabbis weigh the halachic factors involved in permitting birth control differently. Most rabbis will require a meeting with the couple to ensure that the rabbi understands your situation and that you understand the halacha.  You and your fiance should choose a rabbi you are both comfortable consulting on matters concerning the two of you. Then you should arrange to meet to discuss the issues at hand as openly as possible. If you have further questions, please feel free to write back to us.


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