The Congress: If We Ignore the Plight. . .

In 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower was asked if he thought the U.S., in an attempt to cope with the population explosion at home and abroad, should play an open, active role in supporting birth control. Said Ike: "I cannot imagine anything more emphatically a subject that is not a proper political or governmental activity or function or responsibility."

Last week, in an 800-word letter to Alaska's Democratic Senator Ernest Gruening, Ike publicly changed his mind. Wrote he: "I realize that in important segments of our people and of other nations this question is regarded as a moral one, and therefore scarcely...

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