Margaret Sanger, "Margaret Sanger's Own Corner," Apr 1924.
Source: " Birth Control Review, Apr. 1924, p. 108."
The Birth Control Review published a series of letters written to Margaret Sanger with occasional commentary. For others in this series see Margaret Sanger's Own Corner, Jan. 1924, Feb. 1924, Mar. 1924, May 1924, and June 1924.
I have intended for some time to write to you, and thank you for the freedom I feel I owe you. I now enjoy motherhood fuller and better because I know, with just an ordinarily amount of common sense applied, you can control it, and that takes away the “can’t help yourself” feeling. Oh! it is so good to feel that you are master of situations. You can give little outgrown things to some other baby and not think, “Will I need that for my next one?”
I know you get thousands of letters from grateful women, but I can’t help taking a little more of your time to thank you, as it has been just a year since I wrote my letter of appeal to you. And if I hadn’t written, and if events had transpired as usual, I would have been over half-way in another pregnancy.
We were careful in a way, but the Lord only knows how ignorant we were about the real facts about these human bodies of ours.
My three kiddies are fine, healthy children and I expect to put the proper ideas into them about Birth Control as soon as they are responsible enough.
Now don’t think that I have reaped the benefit and sat down. I agitate Birth Control every time there’s half an opportunity, and I assure you I meet warm approval from nearly every one. I wish there was some way I could really help the cause in a big way. I know I have helped my little circle of friends, but I “kinder” feel that I have reneged you. I have given subscription blanks and passed my paper, but that’s about the limit of my efforts, and, yes, I do get so much mental food out of the paper and I am glad to see your little “Corner” start, too.
Mrs. Sanger, we all write to you with the absolute certainty that you’ll give all of our letters your individual attention, when that is an impossibility, isn’t it? However, I’d like your “secretary person” to say to you that “I thank you” anyway.B. M. McM., Louisiana
Every day we receive hundreds of letters full of pain and sorrow and difficulties. It is certainly a joy now and again to find one full of happiness and content, and to feel that it is Birth Control that that has changed the life of at least one woman from uncertainty and dread to joy and confidence. The writer may feel assured that her letter reached my eyes, and that I am grateful to her for writing it. M.S.Dear Madam
I am 36 and about to be married to a fine woman of 31 with her own farm. Both of us are fine specimens. If I bring her with child each two years until her change of life, would that be fair enough, provided everything else is looking bright? I love children, so does she, and we both think a lot of each other. Or how would you suggest? But if those able to have them won’t, then where is the country going to?
Two years is rather short as an interval between babies. Few women are able to recuperate thoroughly in this time, especially if they have already had several children, and no mother should be called upon to bear another child until she has fully regained her health from her last pregnancy and childbirth. Also in planning for your family–which, according to your estimate, might consist of from eight to ten children–-economic conditions must be taken into consideration. Will you be able to educate and to start in life all these children? Will each one, both boy and girl, be able to find opportunity for a start in life? I take it that your wife will be in full accord with you as regards the number of children, for childbirth is a woman’s question first of all, and no woman should be forced to bear children unwillingly. Perhaps after you have had the third or fourth you will both decide that you have done your duty.
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