Thursday, February 08, 2007

The 1955 Planned Parenthood Conference on Abortion in America

Some of the conversations we've been having brought my mind to the The 1955 Planned Parenthood Conference on Abortion in America

The list of participants is here. As I note at the bottom of the page, Note: Positions and titles are as of the date of the conference in 1955. Participants designated in green chose to sign the Conference Statement. Participants designated in red chose to withhold signatures from the Conference Statement. Participants designated in black either abstained or were not asked to sign. Of particular interest is the fact that one of the participants was G. Lotrell Timanus, MD, a well-known illegal abortionist who had practiced for many years in Baltimore.

Before I go into any lengthy posting, I'd appreciate if y'all would poke around and see if you find food for what you think will be fruitful discussion.

3 comments:

L. said...

If you had gone back a few years earlier....

Planned Parenthood National Treasurer, 1947 --- guess who?

http://www.nndb.com/people/501/000052345/

Prescott Bush, father of George, grandfather of Dubya

GrannyGrump said...

Huh! That's interesting!

I didn't pick 1955, though. It's just that 1955 was the year they had the major abortion conference.

L. said...

I`m from Connecticut, where Prescott Bush was senator, and my grandparents (all Catholic working-class Democrats) didn`t vote for him, because was the contracepting Protestant Republican.

Funny, how things shift around.