Margaret Sanger, "Federal Churches of Christ in America Endorsement of Birth Control," 23 Mar 1931.
Source: " Acclaims Report on Birth Control, Atlanta Constitution, Mar. 24, 1931."
Today is a most significant one in the history of the birth control movement. Today for the first time, a large, representatives group of churchmen and women has gone on record as being aware of the tremendous mass of scientific information which we possess, medical, sociological and psychological--and has applied it directly to the important question of the sex relation between married people.
My work during all these years has gone steadily forward. Through education, through propaganda, through the establishment of clinics, the truths were brought before many men and women. Truths as to the need for the spacing of children, the limitation of the number of offspring, the safeguarding of the health and ofttimes the lives of mother and child. How grateful we must then be to this progressive and representative body which in straightforward and unequivocal terms--the result of clear thinking--puts its stamp of approval on this subject of importance and necessity. Women's clubs, physicians, scientists, sociologists, isolated groups of churchmen have in the past added the weight of their approval. But this is the largest and perhaps the most significant group that has as yet expressed itself in whole-hearted accord with our movement.
To admit that this knowledge of birth control will mean vice and immortality is to admit the failure of the church in its influence and education. This eminent group, representing as it does, the Protestant church in America, has recognized and accepted this responsibility of education and influence. They are to be congratulated on their recognition of birth control as a moral and a valid idea and for their clear and direct presentation of the findings of the committee. The statement inspires me with a wholesome respect for a group with influence such as that of the Federal Council of Churches for its honesty and straight-forward thinking. They have not evaded--they have not hedged--they have met the issue fairly.
Indeed, this is the largest step in the progress of the birth control movement. But the task before us is not over by any means. Encouraged and inspired by the action of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America, we can now regard many of the obstacles as cleared away. But our aim is still to put birth control on a truly scientific basis, through research and education and the establishment of more clinic. There is still a world of work to be done.
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