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April 19, 1930

PROPOSED RESURRECTION OF SHEPPARD-TOWNERISM

JAMA. 1930;94(16):1240-1241. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710420052019
Abstract

The Jones-Cooper Maternity and Infancy Bill, S. 255,19 was recommended to the Senate for enactment without amendment, by the Committee on Commerce, April 9. This bill is in substance a bill to revive and perpetuate the Sheppard-Towner Maternity and Infancy Act. It proposes to provide federal subsidies, for all time, for states willing to subject their activities in the field of maternal and infant hygiene to the supervision and control of the Children's Bureau. There is no reason why the Sheppard-Towner Act should be resurrected and perpetuated.

The Sheppard-Towner Maternity and Infancy Act was established because its proponents insisted that maternal and infant mortality rates in the United States were excessively high. The proponents of such legislation cannot therefore now complain if mortality rates are used as a measure of the efficiency of operations under the act. The act was intended to reduce such rates, and, if it failed

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