"My own motherhood was joyous, loving, happy. I wanted to share these joys with other women. Since the birth of my first child I had realized the importance of spacing babies, but only a few months before had I fully grasped the significant fact that a powerful law denied and prevented mothers from obtaining knowledge to properly space their families. Margaret Sanger [1]"- {{{2}}}

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Margaret Higgins Sanger Slee (September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966) was a pro-choice activist, feminist, sex educator, and the founder of the American Birth Control League which she was president of from 1921-1928 that is currently Planned Parenthood.


Born in Corning, New York State, Sanger began her pro-choice and feminist activism in 1910 by getting her start in writing a column for the New York Call titled "What every girl should know" in 1912 and distributed "Family Limitation" pamphlets which got her in trouble with the law. As she worked with women who suffered from self-induced abortions, she became more aware of women's rights and also for the need for more women to know about birth control, the term Sanger later coined. She launched an eight-page pro-contraception newsletter titled "The Woman Rebel" and opened up a family planning and birth control clinic in 1916. She authored "Woman and the New Race" in 1920, "The Pivot of Civilization" in 1922, "Happiness in Marriage" in 1926, "My Fight For Birth Control" in 1931 and in "An Autobiography" 1938. She had also faced other numerous run-ins with the law and time in jail for her activism. She continued her activism up until she died in Tucson, Arizona, six days shy of her 87th birthday.


Despite Sanger being a controversial figure divided on any sides, she was named Humanist of the Year in 1957 by the American Humanist Association, the Margaret Sanger Award was created in 1966 to honor Sanger and her legacy by Planned Parenthood, a clinic named after her called the Margaret Sanger Clinic is a privately-owned place that was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1993.

Conservative Hate Target

In recent years, Margaret Sanger and her legacy have come under attack by extremists. She is often falsely portrayed as racist, an advocate of eugenic sterilization, a fascist, and as a promoter of abortion. To our knowledge, none of these charges are true, but numerous quotes purporting these charges are on the internet. We urge our readers to trace suspect quotations to their actual source. It is not unusual to find citations of non-existent source material.

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