Margaret Sanger, "Penn State Forum Speech," 15 Nov 1932.
Source: " Margaret Sanger Addresses Forum, Penn State Collegian, Nov. 18, 1932, 1 ."
Sanger's speech was not found, but two articles in the Penn State Collegian, "Margaret Sanger Addresses Forum," and "Solve Europe's Problem or War Will Result, Sanger Says." Penn State Collegian, Nov. 18,1932, included excerpts
“Birth control is not a panacea for all the social and economic ills in the world but at least it is the most important immediate help which can be applied as a solution the present problems of millions of men and women here and now,” Mrs. Margaret Sanger said at the opening Forum of the year in the Auditorium Tuesday night. Contraception, she believes, should be used in the case of communicable diseases, where the mother is physically weak and incapable of bearing children, and where parents produce sub-normal offspring. The practice is also valuable in the spacing of children in a family, protecting adolescent married couples from having children too soon, and also in the case of poverty stricken parents. “Birth control will give women a chance to develop and to express themselves; it will, above all, mean happier marriages,” Mrs. Sanger stated. “Instead of the customary single child in families of higher classes, and ten or eleven in the poorer classes, birth control will usher in a new era of families with three or four children. This will constitute the American family of the future,” the speaker believes. Mrs. Sanger left the College yesterday afternoon. In addition to her open lecture, she addressed a women’s club meeting Tuesday night. “Europe’s over-population problem is sizzling now; in five or six years something is going to explode!” “Already Italy has its eye on several choice pieces of territory. And when its congested mass of humanity is so much in excess that it reaches the brim and overflows, we shall have a war.” She paused and then added crisply, “This is as inevitable as was the outbreak in 1914.” “Population must be controlled. Unless it is limited or some system of distribution worked out the nations of the world might just as well throw all their peace treaties to the winds,” Mrs. Sanger said. “Peace will never be achieved until this problem is solved; that’s why the birth control question has become not only of family importance but of international significance.” “Fortunately, statesmen are beginning to acquire some concept of the importance of the ever-populated plight of many countries.” “They must have some outlets for these increasing internal numbers, and they’re resorting to invasion to find them,” she said. “After all, no matter how hard we fight, birth control will come. It’s just a matter of how soon.”
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