Medicine: Birth-Control Birthday

The first State-controlled birth-control program in the U.S. (North Carolina's) had its fifth birthday last fortnight. The purpose of North Carolina's birth-control program has not been to cut down the State's birth rate—one of the highest in the country—but to increase the number of healthy newborn Tarheels. In five years the State's stillbirths, maternal and infant death rates have dropped sharply. In counties where the birth-control program reached a large number of women, the infant-mortality rate dropped an average of 40% since 1937.


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