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January 25, 1965

AMA's Population Control Program Keyed to Physician Role as Counselor

JAMA. 1965;191(4):31-33. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080040105054

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Abstract

The American Medical Association's recent endorsement of population control (JAMA190:31-32 [Dec 21] 1964) includes a program to disseminate information on the subject to physicians; the AMA does not plan to give such information directly to the public.

"To avoid misunderstandings, this point should be emphasized," says Raymond T. Holden, MD, chairman of the AMA Committee on Human Reproduction. "Ours is a physician-oriented program only. The AMA has no plan to begin a program of sex or birth control education for the lay public."

It is the recommendation of the Committee on Human Reproduction, approved by the Board of Trustees and by the House of Delegates at the Clinical Convention in Miami Beach, Fla, in November, that now constitutes AMA policy on human reproduction and population control.

Previously, the AMA had maintained a neutral policy; in 1935 and again in 1938, the House of Delegates placed the AMA on

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