Medicine: The Law in Connecticut

In Connecticut, it is still a misdemeanor for a doctor to advise, or a citizen to practice, birth control.* This 68-year-old blue law, a relic of Anthony Comstock's crusades, is widely disregarded, seldom enforced. But Connecticut's doctors, who object to being lawbreakers, even technically, have tried eleven times in the past 24 years to get the law repealed. Last week, as they tried once again, Connecticut medicine was shaken by one of its biggest rows in years.

It all began when the medicos formed a "Committee of 100" to sponsor a mild bill which would permit a doctor to give birth-control...

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