Medicine: Sterilization for Both Sexes

One drastic way to practice birth control is by means of sterilization. The surgeon's knife is now being sought by increasing numbers of Americans, both men and women, who want to be sure that they will have no more babies. Few doctors or patients are willing to talk about it, but the Association for Voluntary Sterilization, Inc. estimates that such operations have been performed on at least 2,000,000 Americans.

The number of voluntary sterilizations was limited in the past by two ill-founded fears. One was that the operations were illegal. In fact, they are...

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