|“|| God encourages reproduction.
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
God requires purification rites following childbirth which, in effect, makes childbirth a sin. (Note: The period for purification following the birth of a daughter is twice that for a son.)
Leviticus 12:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
The critic neglects to mention the following, even longer chapter in Leviticus 13 addressing diseases in men. As seen from Leviticus 15, the Mosaic Law provided regulations for both men (vv. 1-18) and women (vv. 19-33) to follow in case of sickness.
The fact is that heavy bleeding can be evident of disease after childbirth according to the CDC and other sources. Furthermore, since bleeding among baby girls immediately after pregnancy can occur (what is known as lochia) additional measures of cleanliness can be required for their safety to avoid disease.
The critic sees discrimination because they want to see it, not because it's there. If they actually cared about whether this is a serious medical concern for women they would have bothered doing the research per the above. This isn't just a case of the Bible providing pregnancy-related rules for women because it doesn't like women, but because those rules are as necessary today as they were then for female medical safety; preventive care.
- Morgan, Donald. Bible Inconsistencies: Bible Contradictions? Internet Infidels.
- What Should You Know About Blood Disorders in Women? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
James, A.H., & Jamison, M.C. (2007, June). Bleeding Events and Other Complications During Pregnancy and Childbirth in Women with Von Willebrand Disease. J Thromb Haemost 5(6):1165-9.
Committees on Adolescent Health Care and Gynecologic Practice (2013, December). Von Willebrand Disease in Women. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
- Your Newborn Girl's Genitals and Bleeding. WebMD.
Saluja, Staish (2008, December 2). Is Vaginal Bleeding Normal in Newborn Girls? Doctor NDTV.