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I arrived early in the morning, and these were the days when I used to go Washington
on the midnight train. I arrived at Anna Rosenberg's room at the ungodly hour of
7:30. She was busy on the phone already, and everyone phoned her for a conference or
concurrence, and she had enormous influence with Roosevelt in the White House.
I set out to the White House, and I was actually ahead of time for lunch. Mrs.
Roosevelt had asked Miss Lenroot and a rabbi from Baltimore to lunch with Thompson
and me. (Miss Thompson was Mrs. Roosevelt's secretary). Mrs. Roosevelt asked Miss
Lenroot why the Childrens Bureau couldn't make the same permissive policy toward the
use of its funds by state public health programs for planned parenthood which the
Public Health Service had taken. Miss Lenroot indicated in skilfully mysterious
words, “It might jeopardize the Childrens Bureau's funds.” Mrs. Roosevelt and I were
defeated at replying by an interruption from the rabbi who was trying to help us, but
didn't. The result was that Miss Lenroot got away with keeping the Childrens Bureau
in status quo with no funds ever to be given for contraceptives. I was furious. What
crazy, old nonsense! but what could one expect from an agency run by two maiden
Was her fear that if this was done the religious influence in Congress might
eliminate their funds?
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