Gamble was a key advocate for family planning and worked with the Birth Control Federation and Planned Parenthood Federation to create global awareness regarding the benefits of contraceptives for the individual, family and community.
The development of the pill as a non-medical drug had been a controversial and groundbreaking issue. The pill faced a critical backlash from religious, social, political and even medical groups. Rock used the media to deliver his message that the pill would indeed help humankind.
One letter from many addressed to Dr. Rock by women interested in birth control and other fertility matters. In this letter, the author applauds his work as described in the Good Housekeeping article.
Rock’s career demonstrates that he was interested in enabling women to control conception, whether that meant they did not want children or that they did. Others in the fields of fertility or contraceptive research took sides —but to Rock, they were two doors opening into the same room.