Government Control of Births?

Just a note from the past: In 1973- the view was that the government will have to force population control.

    This is taken from the
    Lima News 12/4/1973

Astrophysicist Dr. Donald Aitken said: “I’d like to see Mr. Nixon, stand up a few years from now and say,
” ‘So the government has to step in arid tamper with religious and personal convictions—and maybe even impose
penalties for every child a family has beyond two

Similar views have been expressed by other experts.

University of Colorado’s Prof of Economics Kenneth E. Boulding has proposed a system of “Marketable licenses” to have children as the only one which will combine the minimum of social controversy necessary to the solution of the problem, with a maximum of individual liberty and ethical choice.

Dr. Alan Guttmacher, national president of Planned Parenthood-World Population, thinks that the husband and wife who have five or six children are “selfish,” and maybe adding to the problem of an overpopulated world.

Dr. Walter E. Howard, professor of wildlife biology at the University of California at Davis, told a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science he thinks the public is not ready for laws concerning reproduction, but that “in time government controls must come.”

Lima News 12/4/1973

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