Margaret Sanger-
Birth Control

Margaret Sanger was a strong advocate for Womens rights and the invention of birth control.

The invention of birth control allowed women to be unified in the belief that they had control over reproduction, and their own bodies. The movement allowed women to control their choice as to having a child. It changed laws, culture, and technology, which made it possible for other changes in women's lives. The invention of birth control gave women power to control their own lives, and have a voice in the new world. Birth control allowed women freedom and empowered them.

Her impact on society is tremendous. Enabling women to control their fertility and giving them access to contraception, makes it possible for women to have a broader set of life options, especially in the areas of education and employment. Birth control gave women the freedom to decide if and when they chose to carry a child.

It led to further programs to help women, such as planned parenthood and other clinics. It also helped to spread methods of prevention in many ways. Today we know alot more about diseases and how to prevent them. There is also support for expecting mothers and families.

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In 1916, Sanger opened the first family planning clinic in New York. Margaret delivered a speech to the women of the KKK because their concerns abour race were so similar. Margaret's "Negro Project" which was to cut down on black babies being born was similar to the KKK's anti-black organization.

This quote is from one of her books about her trip to speak to the women of the kkk.
"I cannot refrain from saying that women must come to recognize there is some function of womanhood other than being a child-bearing machine." - What Every Girl Should Know, by Margaret Sanger


1916 Sanger opened America's first birth control clinic
1921 Sanger initiated the American Birth Control League (ABCL), which, in 1942, became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America
1936 Federal courts reinterpreted the Comstock Laws to permit doctors to prescribe birth control. The downside was that this took power away from nurses who were often the primary health care providers for poor women.
1950 Margaret Sanger helps to finance research on The Pill (oral contraceptives).
1960 The Food and Drug Administration approved the Birth Control Pill
1965 The Supreme Court's decision in Griswold vs. Connecticut declared contraception a constitutional right for married couples (later, it was extended to unmarried women). This case helped define a constitutional right to privacy.
1970 Title X provides federal funding for family planning services.
1971 The Comstock laws were repealed.
1973 Roe vs. Wade determined that right to privacy extends to abortion (making it legal for the first time since 1830)
2000 The Food and Drug Administration approved mifepristone, as a non-surgical means of abortion (expanding a woman's options and access to abortion)