Churches: Collision on Contraception

The rebuke lay in the timing: one week after the Roman Catholic bishops of the U.S. charged that federal anti-poverty programs "coerce" the poor into practicing contraception, a number of influential Protestant leaders went on record to assert that they were all for birth control. In a letter to President Johnson, Welfare Secretary John Gardner, and Sargent Shriver of the OEO, the secretary of the United Presbyterians' General Council, Dr. Theophilus Taylor, stated his denomination's support for federal birth control programs, and labeled the bishops' charge as "completely unfounded."

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