Contraception and Catholicism in Latin America
Catholic resistance to "artificial" means of birth control and a tendency on the part of Church leaders to extol the large family are among the explanations frequently advanced for high rates of fertility in Latin America, as well as for justifying pessimistic outlooks for the future of fertility in Latin American cultures.1 Recent studies in the United States have left little doubt that both religious affiliation and religiosity are important factors in fertility.2 Summarizing the results of their study of metropolitan mothers, Westoff and his associates write: "Religious preference …is the strongest of all major social influences on fertility. Catholic couples want the most and Jewish the fewest children, with Protestants in an intermediary position…. Catholics by and large appear to want larger families and they have them."3____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Human Fertility in Latin America:Sociological Perspectives. Contributors: J. Mayone Stycos - Author. Publisher: Cornell University Press. Place of publication: Ithaca, NY. Publication year: 1968. Page number: 162.