It was with great interest that I read about the attitudes that kept women of the South-Central black community from ready access to the federally subsidized family planning services available in the ‘60s.
I was the project director of the Office of Economic Opportunity-funded Family Planning Program at Women’s Hospital (LAC/USC Medical Center)during that period. I made an appointment to speak to a group of community leaders in Watts for the purpose of getting information out to the community about our services.
Your article has given me more insight into the origins of the volatile response I received from the all-black, all-male group that pounded on the table and shouted accusations of genocide.
It is heartening to see that times have changed and many of the community leaders you quote are women, and that women’s interests and needs are being recognized.