Article: Personal story of a woman who left the Patriarchy/Quiverfull movement

All God's children
By Kathryn Joyce


"Accepting every pregnancy as a unilateral blessing meant some radical leaps of faith, however. Put into physical practice, Garrison says the lesson of leaders like Nancy Campbell, editor of the fundamentalist women's magazine Above Rubies and author of movement books like "Be Fruitful and Multiply," "was, if pregnancy can kill you, think of the missionaries who go off to foreign lands and put their lives on the line. It's no different if you're risking your own body or life." Indeed, Mary Pride referred to her mothers as “maternal missionaries.”

"Garrison complied. She'd had her first three children by cesarean section, but after coming to the Quiverfull conviction, she was swayed by the movement's emphasis on natural (even unassisted home) birth. During one delivery, she suffered a partial uterine rupture and "felt like I'd been in a major battle with Satan, and he'd just about left me dead." The doctor who treated Garrison lectured her for an hour not to conceive again, but she felt that stopping on her own would be rebellion. When she turned to her leaders for inspiration, she received a bleak message: that if she died doing her maternal duty, God would care for her family. For six months, she couldn't look at the baby without crying."

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Comment by Susan Stanko on June 29, 2009 at 9:22am
They would love people who choose not have sex then.
Comment by Richard Goscicki on June 28, 2009 at 6:43pm
These people are living in another world. Our world is in deep trouble because of it. They have no idea what pressure humans are putting on the delicate balance of the ecosystem. But they don't care because they are all infested with the endmeme. Christ is coming with his horde of pissed off angels, so what difference does it make what damage we do to the natural world
Comment by Gregory S. Tripp on June 28, 2009 at 2:53pm
I first heard about the quiverfull's on NPR a couple of months ago. By their logic, every time you have a wet dream or pass at a chance to have sex you are committing a sin. For them, it is not simply enough not to use contraceptives.
Comment by Buffy on March 14, 2009 at 6:20pm
Ugh. I so despise the notion that women are brood-sows for God. It's the source of so many social ills. Thanks for the link!
Comment by cj the cynic on March 14, 2009 at 5:03pm
Thanks for the heads-up about this article. How insanely terrible...

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