Margaret Sanger, "Church," no date.

Source: "Margaret Sanger Papers, Sophia Smith Collection Margaret Sanger Microfilm, Smith College Collections S73:33."

No final version was found. This draft may have been part of a longer document.


The church has promulgated a theology based on one sex alone. It has not taken into account the feminine spirit or the possible or potential feelings or needs of woman. Neither has it considered the social or biological needs of the race.

The church has neglected to instruct the youth of the country that

1. conjugal life is for adults only 2. to be entered into after adolescence 3. that parenthood should be a responsible intelligent function, a privilege to be enjoyed after full maturity. 4. that marriage should be a legal and moral co-partnership enjoying equal fidelity as well as equal custody and guardianship of children. 5. that marriage is a state enabling a wide expanse of mutual development, its purpose is to strengthen love, sympathy and understanding.

Biblical text “Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth”. Genesis

How does the command stand when the earth has become replenished?

To whom does the command apply? Everyone-

Then why not celibate priests and nuns? The R.C. church has seemed to defy the command and take vows in “direct disobedience to this command, to be fruitful and multiply.

Thus the advocates of Christian theology quote their Jewish text as if on one hand it was binding on all people for all time--while they themselves disregard and defy its injunction.

This first command given before the flood and the Lord repented that he had made man and decided to destroy all that he had made.

The second time the command was given was after the flood to Noah and his 3 sons and their wives, 4 men and 4 women 8 in all. The earth was empty with the prospect of replenishing it from good stock.

This quotation today with 2000 million people.

Another text from Psalms 127.

“Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them”.

As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.

They shall not be ashamed

When they speak with their enemies in at the gate.” This suggestion is not of peace but of war. Children are as arrows to be hurled at the enemy.

This is the idea of militarists. Breed children to kill other children of the races against this in chapter 16. Ecclesiastes.

“Desire not a multitude of unprofitable children, neither delight in ungodly sons, though they multiply, rejoice not in them except the fear of the Lord be with them. Trust not thou in their life, neither respect their multitude, for one that is just is better than a thousand, and better it is to die without children, than to leave them that are ungodly.”

The church as late as the 12th. century forbid Catholics from having physicians. It had always been against nature and all of nature’s forces. It regulated nature by the methods of holy water, scapulars, holy medals, relics of this or that, prayers to certain saints to cure disease and others to prevent sickness and death.

When one had lived sinless non-Catholic--went to hell

Purgatory & Hell

“Ungodly”- without beauty, unlovely, unintelligent disease, ignorance, brutality, meanness, pettiness.

Inge- We know where we are at with a person who says "Birth Control is forbidden by God, we prefer disease, etc."

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