Religion: Birth Control Contest

By 1980, the U.N. estimates, there will be from 34% to 63% more people on earth than in 1950. To some this suggests the need for birth control. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that any mechanical interference with the consequences of sexual intercourse is a mortal sin. But The Netherlands' Catholic Institute for Social-Ecclesiastical Research (moving next month to Geneva) has launched a $5,000 prize contest to find new ways of controlling population.

The institute fears that the population increase in the "underdeveloped areas" will be so rapid that "religious and moral disintegration" may result. To prevent this, argues the institute, "social,...

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