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January 18, 1964

Three Views on Birth Control —Ethical, Mathematical, Medical

JAMA. 1964;187(3):31-32. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060160087040

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Abstract

Developments in contraceptive methods may eventually make it possible to select the sex of a child, as well as the quantity and spacing of children. But if the preponderance of choice is toward male children, as has traditionally been the case in cultures practicing infanticide, the male-female balance of world population may be disrupted.

This consequence of efforts to control population growth was suggested by Kingsley David, PhD, a University of California sociologist, during an interdisciplinary symposium, "Biological and Sociological Research on the Effects of Human Reproduction Control," held during the Cleveland meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dec 26-30.

Other participants were Mathematician Jean Bourgeois-Pichat of L'Institut National d'Etudes Demographiques in Paris, France; Economist W. Lee Hansen of the University of California's Berkeley campus; and Christopher Tietze, MD, of the National Committee on Maternal Health, New York.

Infanticide is not likely to appear in culturally

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