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Mrs. Lasker, I think you plan to open another chapter in your story today by beginning to
talk about the voluntary agencies in the field ofhealth, and the manner in which you use
them sometimes to promote the efforts in Congress.
We did do this, starting with our efforts to see that the American Cancer Society raised
funds for medical research and raised larger funds, period!
The first effort that Albert Lasker and I made together was in the field of planned
parenthood. Both he and I--and his family had been interested in the need for planned
parenthood or birth control and had given some rather small contributions in the field
through Margaret Sanger or through her organization. His sisters were liberal minded and
in favor of the idea when it was considered very avant garde, and the first contribution
he ever made to any organization I was interested or any effort that I was interested in
was $10,000 to the Planned Parenthood Federation in the spring of 1939 for a worker to try
to get more Southern states to make planned parenthood a part of their public health
program. As I remember, there was someone to go into South and North Carolina and possibly
Georgia to try to make it part of their state public health programs, as the need for
planned parenthood was more recognized in the Southern states and there weren't many
Catholics, so there wasn't so much opposition.
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