Born September 14, 1879 in Corning, New York, Margaret Sanger would grow to be a pioneer in the advocacy for birth control. Through many uphill struggles she fought to legalize birth control and liberate women from the suppression of clergy-influenced and physician accepted laws.
As a young girl, Margaret Sanger lived in a time where it wasn’t uncommon for women to die from childbirth. In fact she lay witness to her own mother’s drawn-out death, being worn out after 18 pregnancies and 11 live births. Carrying the images of her mother’s hardship with her, Margaret later worked as a nurse and midwife. It was here, in the poorest neighborhoods of New York, that she saw women deprived of their health, sexuality and ability to care for their loved ones. Witnessing this inspired Sanger to pursue her dreams of putting power and birth control information into the hands of women.
- 1914 – Sanger launches a monthly feminist article The Woman Rebel which advocated the use of birth control.
- 1916 – Sanger opens the first US family planning clinic in Brooklyn. She is also arrested for creating a public nuisance.
- 1921 – Sanger founded the American Birth Control League which later became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Her voice spread as far as Japan and India where organizations she helped start still thrive today.
- 1923 – Sanger establishes the Clinical Research Bureau. It was the first legal birth control clinic in the U.S. She also forms the National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control and served as its president until its dissolution in 1937 after birth control, under medical supervision, was legalized in many states.
- 1927 – Sanger helped organize the first World Population Conference in Geneva.
- 1937 – Sanger becomes chairperson of the Birth Control Council of America and launched two publications, The Birth Control Review and The Birth Control News.
As a social reformer Sanger established these principles:
- A woman’s right to control her body is the foundation of her human rights.
- Every person should be able to decide when or whether to have a child.
- Every child should be wanted and loved.
- Women are entitled to sexual pleasure and fulfillment.
After many years of pushing legal and social boundaries, and well into her 80s, Margaret Sanger was there to finally see the first birth control pill, which she helped develop, marketed to women worldwide. Sanger died in 1966 in Tucson, Arizona, eight days from her 87th birthday and only a few months after the landmark Griswold v. Connecticut decision, which legalized birth control for married couples in the U.S., the apex of her 50-year struggle.
Through her strength, dedication and hard work Sanger was able to:
- bring about the reversal of federal and state “Comstock laws” that prohibited publication and distribution of information about sex, sexuality, birth control, and human reproduction
- further the contemporary American model for the protection of civil rights through nonviolent civil disobedience
- create access to birth control for low-income, minority, and immigrant women.
- expand the American concept of volunteerism and grassroots organizing by setting up a network of volunteer-driven family planning centers across the U.S.
Birth Control Buzz is a service company that provides different types of birth control (prescription required), health administrative services, and birth control statistics predominantly to US patients seeking to purchase birth control on-line.
For more information, call 1-866-868-8850 or visit http://www.birthcontrolbuzz.com/.
Birth Control Buzz is a service company that provides birth control prices, types of birth control(prescription required), health administrative services, and birth control statistics predominantly to US patients seeking to purchase pharmaceuticals on-line. For more information, call 1-866-868-8850 or visit http://www.birthcontrolbuzz.com/.