Opinion: Ahead of Washington

For fear of stirring controversy, the Administration has treated its year-old policy of supporting birth control programs at home and abroad with all the delicacy of a family doctor. An anti-poverty program to distribute contraceptives to unmarried and separated mothers has actually been halted by a bitter argument over its moral and social desirability.

Americans meanwhile have been making up their own minds. A Gallup poll carried out for the Population Council indicated last week that the nation overwhelmingly (84% to 10%) wants birth control information made available to married couples and strongly (63% to 28%) favors federal aid for state...

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