Protestant Life Chain founder begs pastors to denounce contraception

The pro-life leader is calling on Protestant pastors to work towards ending
the “American holocaust” of abortion by confronting the “spirit of child

BY Patrick B. Craine

YUBA CITY, California, September 8, 2011 ( – The founder of
the national Life Chain, which is set to take place October 2nd, is urging
Protestant pastors to confront the “spirit of child aversion” that was
created by the embrace of contraception.

Royce Dunn, president of Please Let Me Live, issued an open letter to
pastors in July urging them to take concrete measures to “end the American
Holocaust” of abortion.  The devoted Baptist is calling for “a new
mindset” towards procreation that is open to God’s gift of fertility.

In an interview, Dunn told LifeSiteNews that the “spirit of child
aversion,” the desire to avoid bearing children, is “the uppermost key
to the killing of children in America.”

He said that at the bare minimum, pastors should be warning their faithful
about abortifacient contraceptives, “so that women in the pews and at the
pickets won’t be aborting children unaware.”

“If enhanced, [the contraceptive] desire leads to abortion, and today in
our nation a holocaust endures for which the church is substantially
accountable,” he writes in his letter.

“The pulpit, of necessity, must voice the word it has long avoided and
perhaps feared most. The word is contraception,” he writes.  While
pastors avoid the subject, “year by year Christians use contraception
freely because they do not desire a child or additional children in their

Dunn also blames the pro-life movement itself for failing to “ably
confront” contraception in past decades – a failure that “has cost
numerous lives,” he says.

In a personal confession included in a pamphlet entitled ‘Contraception:
The Tragic Deception’, Dunn explains that his opposition to contraception
was motivated in part by regret over his “personal loss” of children
through the practice.

He says that while he cherishes and rejoices in his son and daughter, “I
wonder how many more [lights of the world] God wanted to originate in our

“Though we yielded no ground to abortion, we fell prey to its more
deceptive and senior partner,” he explains.  “With passing years, an
abiding sadness has settled into my spirit, and I do not want to lose it,
for it has taught me the incomparable worth of procreation.”

He says in his letter to pastors that contraception is by no means a
“Catholic issue,” as often thought, highlighting the fact that the
Protestant churches had uniformly condemned the practice for over 400
years.  It was only in 1930 at the Anglican Lambeth conference that a
Protestant church opened the door, initially under strict conditions.

He observes that devoted pro-life advocates “seldom ignore the impact of
child aversion and contraception,” while “Christians who defend
artificial birth control may claim a pro-life position but usually lack the
heart and urgency necessary for diligent pro-life work.”

“All worshippers should understand contraception’s pivotal role in
abortion’s legalization,” Dunn writes, noting that the “right to
privacy” that anchored the Roe v. Wade decision was first used by the
Supreme Court in its 1965 decision Griswold v. Connecticut, which overturned
a ban on contraceptives.

He says there’s a “strong case” that the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling
“stands as divine judgment on a lukewarm church and errant nation that for
decades … ignored God’s heart for procreation.”

Even the Supreme Court, in its 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision,
affirmed that “the abortion decision is of the same character as the
decision to use contraception,” and upheld the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision
on the basis that “[Americans have come to rely on] the availability of
abortion in the event that contraception should fail.”

Along with his strong opposition to contraception, Dunn acknowledges that
there are points in a married couple’s life when avoiding pregnancy is
justified.  He notes that God has established a natural rhythm to the
woman’s reproductive cycle so that married couples can make love during
infertile periods.

But, he says, “before spouses limit pregnancy, they should consider the
child (or children) whose conception they may prevent.”

“Christian spouses know about sex,” he writes.  “But how many know
the inestimable worth of their fertility and realize that through God’s
plan they can literally create human beings, both for God’s glory and
their own fulfillment.”

Find Dunn’s letter, To End the American Holocaust: The Leadership Only
Pastors Can Provide, here.

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