Margaret Sanger, " Plan Parenthood and National Defense ," 21 Mar 1942.

Source: "Margaret Sanger Papers, Sophia Smith Collection Margaret Sanger Microfilm, Smith College Collections S72:345."

No final version was found. Sanger gave this speech before the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church; the title was taken from newspaper coverage in the Tucson Daily Citizen, Mar. 18, 1942.

Negro Meeting Notes

March 21/42

Early history of BC--nursing mothers--rich & poor, birth rates 1/3 in rich homes

Three factors--fathers wage mothers health, Standards of living--

Another quality of inheritance

Any one can be parents they cannot be Doctors or lawyers or ministers or book keepers or truck drivers without knowledge & training--but parenthood has never been given that standing where it should be considered as important at least as the cattle on a ranch.

Maternal deaths 22000 die from T.B., heart, kidney, unnecessary infants 15000 babies and mothers die, unnecessary

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