Margaret Sanger, "New York Times Interview," 4 May 1936.

Source: " "Mrs. Sanger Urges The Gassaway Bill", New York Times, May 5, 1936, p. 19 ."

Mrs. Sanger Urges The Gassaway Bill

Encouraged by a world tour that showed “amazing” growth of the birth-control movement, Margaret Sanger, president of the National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control, said here yesterday that birth control may become a national political issue if the pending Federal bill allowing birth control education is not passed. Mrs. Sanger, who arrived back via California on Sunday, was interviewed yesterday afternoon in the apartment of Mrs. Walter Timme at 112 Central Park South.

Mrs. Sanger explained that 800 organizations, representing more than 10,000,000 persons, had endorsed the principles of the bill, sponsored in Congressby Representative Percy L. Gassaway. She declared that the opposition of certain religious groups to the teaching of birth control has been "crumbling" and she predicted that "if intelligence has its way" the bill will soon become law. She is leaving for Washington within a few days to push it.

“There is no doubt that public opinion in this country is in favor of the birth-control bill now before Congress,” Mrs. Sanger said. “Reports indicate that Congress is giving the subject serious thought instead of treating it with a snicker, as was the case five years ago. Many lawmakers do not even know of the existence of the absurd law which hampers physicians in giving birth-control information. When they realize the full import of the Federal statutes, they will see that a change is inevitable. It is the job of the voters and the taxpayers to make Congress hurry up.”

In India, Burma and Malaya, as well as in the more modern communities of England and Japan, the birth-control movement is making rapid headway, Mrs. Sanger reported.

While in India, she established fifty centers for teaching birth control and gained the endorsement of the All-India Women's Conference.

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