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How Margaret Sanger Led the Birth Control Movement - and Why the GOP Still Hates Her

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Enjoy the freedom of that little daily pill? Meet the fierce, independent-minded woman who dared to take on every Todd Akin of her day. Margaret Sanger's name was a sure winner. Loathed by conservatives for nearly a century, Sanger was a pioneer ...

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Rebecca S (61)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 5:10 pm
thanks for the story.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 6:35 pm
We must not forget our heroes. Thanks for posting.

Suzanne L (98)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 8:14 pm
Thanks for posting Carrie. We must not forget the women who pioneered basic rights for women.

Susan V (80)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 8:16 pm
Part of the reason her reputation is tainted is because of her support (as I understand it) of the eugenics program.
I don't know all the details, but eugenics was a horrible stain on our history, and of course other scientists of that time supported eugenics -- even one of my distant relatives.
When Hitler took the program to the ultimate abuse, some in America realized it for what it was, however, others like NC continued the program into the 1970s.

In a way one can understand the mixed feelings about Sanger, because of her connection to Eugenics.

Susanne R (234)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 10:34 pm
What an incredibly intelligent and dedicated woman! It states in the article that Congress did everything it could to stop Margaret from educating women in the art of avoid pregnancies and that "In 1873 Congress had passed the Comstock Law, which made illegal the delivery or transportation of “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” material and banned contraceptives and information about contraception from the mails." Did these men consider sexual intercourse "obscene, lewd, or lascivious"? Evidently not, because they kept their wives "barefoot and pregnant" without having to suffer any of the consequences. No woman should be forced to bear 11 or more children, like Margaret Sanger's mother did, only to have her body weakened to the point that she ended up dying by the age of 50, leaving her children motherless! A woman should be able to have only as many children as she wants and can raise effectively. It's no one else's business!

Carrie B (306)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 11:37 pm
Susan, I understand your comment, but I also have to say that without Sanger women would have had a very different lot in life.

Carol H (229)
Monday September 17, 2012, 6:30 am
noted, thanks Carrie

Marie W (67)
Monday September 17, 2012, 10:15 pm
How quickly we forget herstory.

wendy webber (28)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 1:07 am
Hooray for feisty women with strong wills and minds!!! It was good to read about Sanger's efforts once again.As was noted in the article if we cannot control our reproduction, we cannot control much else. There seems to be a common theme here and that is the element of power and control. The comment about the Comstock laws and "obscene,lewd, and lascivious" made me chuckle...sure they thought that when they were "bedding" a woman. When I worked at Planned Parenthood we had a giant B & W photo poster of a pregnant man and the caption read "Would you be more careful if it was you?"...nuff said..............can't let them send us back to the ice age.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 5:51 am
Imagine what America would be like without her. People would be trying to escape to Mexico.
Actually, Mexico is not a good choice, maybe to France.
One of my mother's friends once said that the Pope is the most dangerous man on earth because of his ban on birth control.
In "the good old days" child mortality took care of the problem. JS Bach had 20 children to two wives. The first wife probably died of too many children. Only three of them survived childhood.
Also, pandemics took care to "cull" us. There was the bubonic plague, for instance.
Nature keeps trying of course. HIV seems to have been ideally designed to cut down our numbers, but we're on to everything to prevent such a culling with our communication, medical expertise and technology.
We need contraception now more than at any other time in history.
What a great woman Margaret Sanger was and what a great deal of good she has done and continues to do!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 8:27 am
A marvellous woman who thouroughly deserves to be recognised for the work she did not only in the field of birth control but as a result of that - the saving of womens lifes!
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