Medicine: Family Planning

Most U.S. couples are now planning the size of their families, and the size they are planning for, on the average, is three children. So reports the University of Michigan, after a survey of 2,700 women living with their husbands and aged 18 to 39 (this age group includes 94% of the nation's child-bearing women). At this rate, noted Survey Sociologist Ronald Freedman, the baby boom will continue: it would take only 2.2 children per couple to maintain the population at its present level.

Most couples now deliberately regulate the number of their children and the intervals between births. But half such...

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