Margaret Sanger, "Corning Leader Interview," 19 Jan 1932.
Source: " Would Like to See Clinic in Corning, Corning Evening Leader, Jan 20, 1932, pp 9-10."
Sanger gave an interview to the Corning Leader after her speech at the Baron Steuben Hotel in Corning. For a summary of her speech see Speech at Corning, N.Y.
"I was quite moved; in fact, it seemed as though I was seeing faces of dear, remembered friends in a dream and I wanted to blink back the tears." answered Mrs. Margaret Sanger Slee, when asked how she felt about the reception given at her public appearance in Corning Tuesday evening at the Baron Steuben Hotel when the ball room was packed to capacity to hear her speak. There was standing room only at 8 o'clock and many people stood through the entire lecture. Enthusiastic applause greeted her as she finished.
“What are you doing along practical lines of birth control” was the next question.
“First of all we are working for repeal of the Comstock Federal law confusing birth control with obscene literature. Then we have at present over 100 birth control clinics in the United States. However I can not even direct a woman where she may find one of these clinics in a letter sent though mail. Such an act would be punishable by five years imprisonment and $5,000 fine. The birth control clinics we have are established in accordance with state laws.”
“Is there anything you would like to see Corning do to help your project.”
“Yes,” came the quick answer. “I would like nothing better than to have an organization or a group of individuals establish a birth control clinic in Corning. If they would do so, I would be glad to come here, tell them how to go about it and how much of a staff they would need. They would have, first of all, to secure the services of a qualified doctor. Then the clinic would need financial support.”
“Wouldn’t you find the religious opposition harder to overcome in an up-state city like Corning.” “Possibly. But out of 25,000 women we have helped, 22 per cent have been Protestants, 32 per cent Catholics, 31 per cent Jewish and the rest of no religious faith. 85 per cent have needed hospital care and we gave that before accepting them at the clinics.”
Mrs. Sanger spent many happy moments after her lecture renewing old acquaintances and thanking the many friends who expressed their regard and appreciation for her and her work. She lectures in Rochester tonight.
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