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Bessie Moses, MD

Bessie Moses, MDAs a graduate of the School of Medicine in 1922, Dr. Moses was a strong advocate of birth control to protect women's health from the stresses of multiple births and multiple abortions.

In 1927, she started Baltimore's first birth control clinic. Dr. Moses was medical director of the clinic as a time when it was highly controversial for a physician even to give birth control advice. Her instruction of nursing, medical, and public health students on contraception was not available otherwise.

She saw more than 1,000 patients in the first five years of the clinic and, in 1937, published Contraception as a Therapeutic Measure, which was an account of her work.

Dr. Moses was a founding member of the Planned Parenthood in 1942.