excellent article, excellent review of the historical development of thinking on this issue. if you read to the end you will note that the influential speakers who promoted this changing ethic emphasized, as did Sanger in her work, primarily the necessity of limiting births among the poor. some organizations actively promoted BC for the poor, including sterilization of the “unfit” while at the same time encouraging marriage and procreation among the intelligentsia. this ethic is still at work, notably in the UN, as poorer nations are pressured into adopting “family planning” measures as social policy, regardless of their religious and cultural values, as a condition of receiving aid.
my personal objection to BC, in which I include the rabid promotion of abortion as a tax-payer supported solution to social problems, is and always has been that its advocates conceive it, celebrate it and promote it as de facto genocide against the poor, the illiterate, the ignorant, those with inherited physical and mental disabilities, and those of other races and cultures.
on a positive note, our Christian radio late night shows have had a series all week (I only hear the last half when I leave work, so I am not sure of the speaker, but it may be Chuck Swindoll) on divorce, with scripture citations and interpretation that sound so Catholic as to be downright scary. The last two nights were on the evils of ABC, and promotion of abstinence before marriage, and–wait for it–NFP after marriage. Persons interviewed included those preaching against divorce, those preaching against ABC, those advocating “Christian courtship”–no dating until ready for marriage, and no PDA until marriage, yup, first kiss after vows are exchanged. The obvious connection between the explosive growth of ABC in the culture, and the exploding divorce rates, was made very clear. So yes, some Evangelicals are certainly exploring this topic, and maybe the tide is turning.