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Television and Birth Control Campaigns

August 25, 1985

"TV Snubs Incense Birth Control Campaigners--Major Television Outlets Have Declined to Air Controversial Messages" by Elizabeth Mehren (Aug. 2)--the title describes the issue.

Interestingly, networks air programs with sexy bedroom scenes without showing the results--perhaps unwanted pregnancy. Explicit sex on TV influences the youth; however, networks refuse to take responsibility.

Among the developed countries, our unintended pregnancy rate is among the highest at more than 3 million a year. Clearly, TV networks have a responsibility along with the schools, parents, and the government to provide information to our youth to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

HUGH C. HYDE

Chula Vista

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