Tuesday, November 2, 2010

On November 2

On this day in ...
... 1945 (65 years ago today), fewer than 6 months after World War II ended in Europe, and a little over a year after the Allies liberated Paris from the Nazis, a program for the protection of mothers and infants was established in France. A key component of la Protection maternelle et infantile, better known by its acronym PMI, was distribution of contraceptive pills. Administered through France's public service (logo above left), PMI today includes an array of services -- medical, midwifery, and social -- to pregnant women, to mothers, and to their children.

(Prior November 2 posts are here, here, and here.)

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