Birth control a campaign issue

DETROIT, April 27, 1932 (UP)--Prohibition and birth control were to be raised today in the formal business meeting of the League of Women Voters.

Although no delegate would admit she planned to bring up the matter of prohibition, three states are understood to have resolutions ready on birth control.


Miss Belle Sherwin of Cleveland, national president, admitted she had heard reports the convention would be asked to take a stand on the wet and dry question. She said she will refer such a motion to committee. The belief is general that when this is done the resolution will not be reported out. The league has never voted on the subject.

Democrats and Republicans were flayed last night when Ray Tucker, Scripps-Howard Washington correspondent; Charles C. Isely, Dodge City (Kan.) grain dealer; and Dan W. Wallace, editor of the Farmer's Wife, addressed the convention.

Both parties, Tucker said, will wage a sham battle this year over prohibition, economic recovery, foreign affairs and taxation while the challenging issues will be lost in political palaver.

"Our political leaders are groping in the twilight of yesterday," Tucker said. "They do not recognize, or they refuse to recognize, that we are in the midst of a revolution as far reaching as, those which swept France in 1789 and Russia in 1917."


Isely agreed with Tucker that the major parties would dodge the real issues.

Wallace said the farmer is not interested in debt settlements with Europe or even in prohibition.

"The farmer is concerned chiefly with a national setup which will enable agriculture to function successfully in its relation to labor and industry," he contended.

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