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area of contraceptives.

Q:

That it was related to birth control.

Lasker:

Yes, especially as I was interested in it. In any case, his opposition was effective. Charles Murray, a Catholic and the son of Senator James Murray and his father's administrative assistant, told me point blank that although they were devoted to me, they couldn't report out any bill that Monseignor O'Grady was opposed to, because it meant Catholic opposition.

Q:

Did you go directly to the Monseignor?

Lasker:

No. I thought it was hopeless. I should have, perhaps, but I thought it was hopeless.

I gave this up as a lost cause, as I knew Murray would not go ahead with it and we had no hope.

Q:

Is this typical of the various interests which reach into the Senate?

Lasker:

Yes, it is.

Now, fortunately, 12 years later, a bill called the National Institute for Child Health and Development has been passed due to the interest of President Kennedy and his sister, Mrs. Shriver, who's deeply interested in mental retardation, and



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