Previous presidential candidate Mitt Romney was giving a speech to the graduates of Southern Virginia University. In this speech he took inspiration from Psalm 127 and said, “Get married. Have a quiver full of kids if you can”. This Psalm was the inspiration for the “Quiverfull” movement that is spreading across the world, including the U.S.
This movement is made up of evangelical Christians who shun any form of birth control. They feel that if God wants to give them a baby, they accept the baby. They feel that this is being obedient to God and carrying on the future of the faith. Here in the US these Quiverfull families have upwards of 12 children. The movement itself is amounting up to tens of thousands of children.
In the U.K. the average number of children per family is 1.7 so when couples have more children than that, they stick out a bit. A couple, Vicki and Phil, in Britain is on their sixth child at this point. Vicki says that she feels that this is what God wants and it is meant to be. She says that maybe it is society that has a skewed view about how many children a family should have. She stated that God must have a plan for them if he keeps giving them babies.
Vicki and Phil’s inspiration for joining this movement came from a magazine that was put out by Nancy Campbell. She began going to seminars that would preach to women about the movement and explain why this is a blessing that God is giving them. The movement also advocates women going back to the home and living in their role as a stay-at-home mother who takes care of the family instead of having a job that requires her to work away from the home.