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    • Margaret Sangerand Birth Control
      By Kara LaPierre
    • Early life
      She was born on September 14, 1879
      She was the 6th child out of 11
      Her father, Michael Higgins was an outspoken radical who taught Margaret to stand up for what she believed in and made sure she always spoke her mind
      At the age of 50, after 18 pregnancies, 11 live births and 7 miscarriages, her mom died from tuberculosis
      After her mother's death, Margaret decided she would become a nurse and care for pregnant women.
    • First Clinic
      In 1916 the first family planning clinic was opened in Brooklyn
      Many of the clinics were shut down for violating the law
      In 1923 the first “legal” clinic was opened and fully staffed
    • American Birth control League
      Margaret founded the ABCL in 1921
      The goals of the ABCL were
      To educate the public about the dangers of unprotected sex
      To help mothers support their children and find homes if needed
      To conduct clinics that may give mothers harmless methods of birth control
      provide education, by means of literature and lectures, on the prevention of pregnancy
    • The Comstock Act
      It was illegal to send materials including contraceptive devices and information through the mail
      Also banned the distribution of information on abortion for educational purposes
      Margaret and a few other women were arrested for convicting the Act
      The Comstock Law was widely used to prosecute those who distributed information or devices for birth control
      In 1938, in a case involving Margaret Sanger, the Judge lifted the federal ban on birth control, effectively ending use of the Comstock Law to target birth control information and devices.
    • EugenicsIs the study and practice of selective breeding applied to humans with the aim of improving the species
      Sanger was a eugenicist and called her work "nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or those who will become defectives." -Woman and the New Race
      Darwin’s survival of the fittest
      Some people put her in the same category as Hitler (trying to get rid of the “unfit”)
      She believed that birth control served a great eugenic purpose by stopping those she described as the genetically "unfit" from reproducing.
      People think that Sanger wanted to sterilize those she designated as “unfit” and spreading birth control methods was the perfect way
    • More
      In 1927 She traveled to Switzerland, to help organize the first World Population Conference, whose aim was to further global acceptance of birth control
      Sanger continued to tour throughout Europe and Asia, trying to promote different types of contraceptives
      In 1950 the first oral contraceptive was developed (the Pill)
      Margaret helped to establish the research bureau that financed “the pill”
    • Today
      Many women today are on different types of birth control
      Planned Parent Hood is an organization that supports women and helps them to make the right decision for themselves
      Margaret’s ideas led to all the technology today for birth control methods