|Baha'i Youth of Phillipines|
By Winile Mavuso
THE National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is in Swaziland has come to clearly articulate its stand with regards to contraceptives and condoms for children.
In a statement sent to the Swazi Observer yesterday, the Baha’i Faith stated that it was far from encouraging or even condoning sexual intimacy among children and even adults, saying the Baha’i faith urged chastity and abstinence.
This follows an article carried by the Swazi Observer recently where representatives from the Baha’i Faith stated during the Global Day of Prayer and Action for Children that it would protect the rights of the child by ensuring that children had access to contraceptives and condoms so that they could choose to have children or avoid unwanted pregnancies.
However, the Baha’i have come to disassociate itself with such a statement.
Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is in Swaziland Dr Irma Allen said the spokesperson who represented the Baha’i Faith during the prayer was merely making reference to information that had been imparted to the participants, saying it did not in any way reflect the attitudes and beliefs of the Baha’is.