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Health Service to take a more open-minded attitude about birth control.” (This change of
attitude, I'm sure, was created by Mrs. Roosevelt urging Ross McIntyre to indicate that
some more liberal attitude ought to be taken by them, and Mrs. Roosevelt's interest in
getting something done on the Federal level was the result of Anna Rosenberg's and my work
with her on the matter starting from the 16th of June of '41, the same year, when she
called on me on Beekman Place.)
The President said that birth control was a politically hot potato and that he had never
done much about it except in Puerto Rico. There, a few years ago, he said, “I asked the
bishop what we were going to do about the population situation. The Bishop said, “Well, if
you mean birth control, we can't do anything about that.’ So, I said, ‘Oh, I don't mean
that. Let's call it adult sex hygiene or education.’ So, the Bishop said, ‘I think that
would be all right,’ and after that we got a law changed and started to try to get
somewhere on the situation.” Isn't that marvelous!
Mrs. Roosevelt was sincerely interested in the subject.
Oh, yes, really.
It's true that in 1950 there were about 120 birth control clinics and a bigger-scaled
child spacing program per capita in Puerto Rico than in any other part of the United
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