A forced closure 75 years ago of an illegal birth control clinic in Waterbury was commemorated June 21 with a Mass and procession attended by about 100 people. Organizers say the June 19, 1939, raid on the Henry Sabin Chase Memorial Dispensary was the start of the pro-life movement in America. Following a Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, marchers recited the rosary during the short walk to the former Chase Dispensary at 43 Field St. Father Joseph E. Looney, pastor of Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, was principal celebrant at the Mass and also spoke on the steps of the former clinic. Concelebrants included Father John J. Bevins, pastor of the Basilica; Father Dennis P. Connell, assistant pastor at the Basilica; and newly ordained Father James M. Sullivan, assistant pastor at the Torrington Cluster of Parishes.
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