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Califano Dreaming


I thought Joseph Califano’s op-ed on the abortion-communion question was extremely poorly reasoned, but going through what I regard as his mistakes one by one would just repeat previous posts I’ve written on the topic. But I did learn something from the op-ed: Califano, when he worked for LBJ, was responsible for administering the president’s policy of “refus[ing] to send grain to India during a famine until Indira Gandhi committed to a family planning program.” Califano presents this rather horrifying story as part of the good old days, commending America’s Catholic bishops for not being unreasonable in their opposition.

Update: Reader M. H. writes: “Exactly what business was it of LBJ’s what Indira Gandhi’s birth control method was?”


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