Margaret Sanger, "Birth Control and Progress Speech Fragment," 1924.

Source: "Margaret Sanger Papers, Sophia Smith Collection Margaret Sanger Microfilm, Smith College Collections S70:1064."

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Birth Control has become the mark of a superior service of moral responsibility. Someone has recently said that it is the most momentous fact in the history of Mankind. Certainly it is the keynote of a new social era. Because it is not only an expedient of health and economy but it is also a principle which is interlocked with the spiritual progress of the race & the future. B.C. is the conscious control of the birth rate by means that prevent contraception. It is the natural method because it prevents rather than destroys. It does not interfere with the development of pregnancy because contraception is to be prevented. Consequently no life has been allowed to begin. It is the logical outgrowth of a century’s work at improving the conditions of life. The 19th century is known to be the greatest period in our history for humanitarian & ameliorative efforts. When we look back at the social conditions which existed at the end of the 18th century, our gasps with wonder & amazement with the thought that we have come through life at all. America of course was mostly a wilderness with a hand full of people, but Europe was fairly well ↑over↓ populated then & England in particular with her huge civilizations can best serve as a typical example. Streets never unpaved. There were no sewers, refuse garbage & dirt were [rest of speech ]


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