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May 8, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;108(19):1663-1666. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780190079018

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)April 10, 1937.

Birth Control  The problem of local authorities and birth control has been under discussion for some time. Many have wished to provide facilities by which poor mothers could obtain advice but were unable to do so until 1931, when the Ministry of Health issued a memorandum pointing out that three courses were open to them: 1. Advice could be given to married women attending child and maternity welfare centers when further pregnancies would be detrimental to health. 2. Birth control clinics for this limited purpose could be established under the powers existing for the care of expectant and nursing mothers. 3. Under the public health acts, gynecologic clinics could be established for women in need of advice, and contraceptive advice could be given there to married women attending in whom pregnancy would be detrimental to health. However, these provisions were not considered

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