Education: The Pill at Stanford

Are today's students really against the old American notion that colleges must act in loco parentis? In some ways, the young seem to be asking for even more tender, loving care. At Stanford University, President Kenneth Pitzer is now pondering whether his school should take over yet another function—dispensing the Pill to unmarried women students under as well as over the age of 21.

Many of Stanford's 2,820 coeds are now seeking contraceptive help at the nearby Palo Alto Planned Parenthood center; its director, Gloria Davis, complains that the clinic is so crowded with...

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