INDIA: Ban on Births

"Family planning depends on discipline," Karan Singh, India's Minister of Health and Family Planning, warned Parliament in January. "If the discipline is not self-inspired, it may have to be imposed." Last week the Indian government decided that self-discipline would not curb India's burgeoning population, which at the present birth rate will reach 1 billion by the year 2000. The government announced a plan to penalize city government employees and other residents of New Delhi who do not limit their families to two children.

Under the program, couples with two children who do not...

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