POLITICS: The Birth-Control Issue

Kept aglow by the hot breath of clerical argument, the sputtering dynamite charge of birth control—tossed gingerly from hand to hand among presidential candidates—last week landed in the middle of Dwight Eisenhower's news conference. What was the President's reaction, a newsman asked, to a recommendation made last July by a special presidential committee chaired by William H. Draper Jr., investment banker and industrialist? The Draper committee's recommendation: the U.S.. as part of its foreign aid program, should heed requests for assistance from nations trying to curb runaway population. Mindful of the furor raised by the U.S. Catholic bishops' recent...

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