In this interview, Roswell Johnson, MD, discusses his time at Brown University as the director of health services in the 1960s and the controversy surrounding his willingness to prescribe birth control to Pembroke students in 1965. He explains how his first request for birth control came from Brown’s chaplain on behalf of an engaged couple who were students and the consideration that went into his decision to prescribe “the Pill.” Johnson details how the issue appeared in the Brown Daily Herald and resulted in his appearance on The Today Show. Additionally, he answers questions concerning the perception of gender roles and birth control among students and faculty and briefly summarizes some of the consultations he had with students and families.
Recorded on Nov 1, 1989
Interviewed by Tim Hannon