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May 9, 1966

Family Planning

JAMA. 1966;196(6):487. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100190071020

The recent White House conference on Health was the first governmentally sponsored conference to have a special panel devoted to "family planning." The subject for years had been talked of in Washington largely behind closed doors. The marked shift in the previous three years in the attitudes of the country's economic, spiritual, social, professional, and political leaders, as well as the public, and the openness of discussion in the mass media had made more open discussion in governmental circles possible. The subject was considered under the topic of Health Protection. The panel included members of all religious groups. The rapporteur was a Catholic physician. At one point in the discussion, a Catholic nun told of the clinic run by their hospital. Certainly, a few years ago, discussion on this subject would have been of quite a different nature. The findings of this panel, agreed to by all members, and with

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