Margaret Sanger, "Japan Address Notes," 30 Sept 1952.

Source: "Margaret Sanger Papers, Sophia Smith Collection Margaret Sanger Microfilm, Smith College Collections S72:687."

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September 30, 1952

The principal thought in addressing the Japanese people seems to me that they will want to know how successful is the birth control movement progressing in other countries. What are the results of the practice? Has it made for happier families, for smaller families, for a lower birth rate? What is the opposition? How can they overcome it? The suggestions should come of what they should do to avoid our errors. I would like to not only suggest a national program of the culture and art along with the science of home building, but I would like to call on the authorities of public health and make them responsible to the people for the increase of disease and poverty, for the institutions for morons and insane population, and then call on the W.H.O. and U.N. to resist the pressure of religious groups. To arouse the women of Japan to demand better methods of contraception than abortion, to formulate groups of research for simple methods of contraception, so that a cultural society can take its place in leadership of the world, instead of an expanding military or industrial society, which will only lead to destruction and chaos.


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