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That's right.

This attitude was revolutionary in the Public Health Service, because heretofore they acted as if such a policy or such a situation as the need for planned parenthood didn't exist at all.


It was a bad word.


And a bad word.

I asked him to write me a letter about this policy, which he said he would do. The letter is a historical document; that is, it's the first time the United States Public Health Service recognized that there was such a thing as child spacing in writing, and that any of their funds could be used for it. It's now in the files of the Planned Parenthood Federation, and it has provided the basis for Planned Parenthood's drive for child spacing integrated into public health and maternal care services in every state. Actually, even today not nearly enough is done, but in some of the Southern states a great deal more was done than would otherwise have been done, because such state health officers as wanted to felt they could use Public Health Service money to have internal health or child spacing clinics.


Were you in frequent conversation with Margaret Sanger at this time?

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