A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 11, 1960

IN the six weeks since the Roman Catholic bishops of the U.S. issued a statement opposing the use of U.S. funds to underwrite artificial birth control programs abroad, the population explosion, a longstanding topic of worldwide discussion, became the focus of an emotional U.S. debate. Four weeks ago, bent on penetrating the cloud of ignorance and misinformation that shrouds the argument, TIME'S editors began work on this week's cover story. In so doing, they set in motion a journalistic process unique in its functioning and unrivaled in its ability to cut to the heart of great issues.

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