Contraceptives still facing rejection


Contraception use seems to be losing to the rigidness of some Apostolic sect doctrines thus putting the women at high risk of mortality due to yearly births.
Many interviews with many disgruntled women from the Matebeleland regional community showed the need of formal active awareness in unorthodox religious gatherings. This comes amidst the statistics on the country’s poverty datum line that is way below the average reach of some of the leaders and congregates in the sects. An analyst showed that this economical reach per family is sufficient to feed a minimum of two children and if that number exceeds three there will be stretching their reach for income and also limiting the privilege of the children in access to so many services as they become exorbitant with the increase in number.

However despite the widespread efforts by many organizations and immediate public to counter the doctrines of these sects there has been resolute rigidness to them. The unwillingness to change was due to the belief that children are a blessing from the Lord and any way to try and limit them by artificial means is demonic and ungodly. This cannot be argued as there is no basis to them and scriptural evidence to counter their conviction besides reasoning. A Journalist Munyaradzi Gova said people in sects should be left to do what they believe without interference. He stated that the fact that they believe in life without contraceptive they should also have a back-up method of sustenance without communal influence.

Mrs Sibusiwe Senda and her sister from Ward 24 in Nkulumane said they have made many efforts to ensure that women get adequate information and at the same time reduce the chance of creating break-ups in the home and honor the headship of the man. In this era of HIV and AIDS the message of contraception and family planning should be a priority as it limits the number of occurrences that could have been prevented by mere basic information. It is estimated that 38% of the Christian population in Zimbabwe comes from these apostolic sects and 64% in this percentage are women and with a male headship that makes up all the laws. Knowledge is thus pivotal to be disseminated to men and the sects so that they know the biology of women without altering their doctrine but complement it.

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Nigel Mabiza

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