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November 10, 1945

MATERNAL AND CHILD WELFARE: THE PEPPER BILL

JAMA. 1945;129(11):741-742. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860450027010

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Abstract

Senate bill 1318, to make more adequate provision for the health and welfare of mothers and children and for services to crippled children, has not yet reached the stage of hearings. The bill is called the "Maternal and Child Welfare Act of 1945." Grants by the federal government to the states for encouraging preventive medical services and for aiding the crippled and for promoting maternal and infant welfare are now incorporated in our scheme of government. Under the E. M. I. C. program that prevails as a war measure, the chief of the Children's Bureau controls a bureaucracy that functions in a totalitarian manner and without any of the restraints that should be developed in a democratic system of government. The present measure would perpetuate and expand this dangerous invasion of the field of medical care. The director chooses his or her own advisory boards and is not under any

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