Brown University Health Services Director, Dr. Roswell C. Johnson won the support of University President, Barnaby C. Keeney (These names are not made up), after it was reported that two unmarried co-eds had been given prescriptions for contraceptive pills – The Pill. The AP reported that Dr. Johnson said, “both women were mature people and already engaged [of course] and they both had been referred to me by clergy.”
Meanwhile, The Boston Globe interviewed authorities at several universities in Massachusetts (Brown is located in Providence, Rhode Island), and they all said that their schools would not provide birth control pills to unmarried female students.
The Globe quoted Dr. Dana L. Farnsworth, director of the Harvard health services. Dr. Farnsworth said, “supervision of contraceptive practices of unmarried students is not an appropriate function in a college health service.”
The Globe also quoted Dr. Samuel E. Leard, director of student health at Boston University. Leard was even more emphatic about his opposition to providing birth control to unmarried co-eds. He said, “Our policy is that we do not condone this thing at all. It’s morally wrong and here in Massachusetts it’s against the law.”