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Indian Government, announced that it was the policy of the Government of India to support
clinics for giving information about birth control and family planning. This great policy
remained fairly academic, as I understand it, because the health officer of Indian was
then a woman and a Catholic who considered the only method proper for family planning the
rhythm method. This was R
In '52 Dr. Abraham Stone went to India and consulted with Indian doctors and gave them
such information as he had about the rhythm method, which was not very accurate. In the
spring of 1953 Lady Rama Rau of Bombay and Margaret Sanger and other leaders went to a
Population Conference in Bombay, to which about 400 delegates from the rest of the world
came. As a result of this, there were some funds set aside by the Indian Government, about
one million three hundred thousand dollars--imagine, for 350 million people I--which were
to be used for the support of clinics for the teaching of the use of contraceptives.
In any case, Nehru's official attitude on the importance of planned parenthood was the
first time that any head of government in the world recognized this important human need.
It seems to me that this was an historical point in the movement and in the social history
of the peoples of the world.
I have here a news clipping which announces this and which discusses the need in India. I
think it would be useful to include this.
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