“Changes Have to Be Made”

How a Jewish Kid from Long Island and a Priest Named Joe DiMaggio Forced Robert F. Kennedy to Confront the Abortion Issue

On Friday, February 17, 1967, Senator Robert F. Kennedy visited Syosset High School on Long Island, where he addressed an assembly of some 2,200 students and teachers in the school gymnasium. The New York Times reported that he was greeted with “the kind of girlish squeals usually associated with the Beatles.” After brief opening remarks, the senator opened the floor to questions.