Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger first established the American Birth Control League, later this became Planned Parenthood. In 1912, Sanger, passing out a booklet, Family Limitation to women, risked jail by opposing the Comstock Act of 1873. “But because the federal and state Comstock laws treated information about contraceptives as a form of obscenity, she faced an indictment even for writing about the subject, and her campaign became part of the embryonic movement for free speech.” Margaret started The Women Rebel in 1914, a newsletter, with the saying “No Gods and No Masters”. This newsletter pushed contraception. She was put in court in 1914, for disobeying US postal obscenity laws. Sanger hid in England and avoided bail.

Paul Starr, The Creation of the Media, pg. 269

She felt that it was up to the woman when she wanted to have a child. This would be in her best interest and a more healthy decision for her physically and emotionally. There was one time when William Sanger was jailed for thirty days because he handed out his wife’s pamphlet called Family Limitations. It was considered to be obscene. Margaret many times defended free speech and was arrested around eight times for expressing her views.



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