Margaret Sanger, "Defeat of the Pierce Bill," 05 Feb 1935.

Source: " "Birth Control Bill Shelves in House; Mrs. Sanger Declares Fight Will Go On", New York Times, Feb. 6, 1935."

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Birth Control Bill Shelves in House; Mrs. Sanger Declares Fight Will Go On

WASHINGTON. Feb. 5--

Birth control crusaders; planning a “birth-control-comes-of-age” dinner for Feb. 12, today had their legislative hopes for this session dashed by a 15-to-8 vote against the Pierce Bill in the House Judiciary Committee.

Mrs. Margaret Sanger, leader of the group, attributed the defeat to “the same influences that killed the World Court.”

Like those who fought so long for the court, Mrs. Sanger was expecting success this session for the Pierce Bill, which would have legalized dissemination of contraceptive information to physicians and clinics.

“It seems impossible!” she exclaimed when first told of today’s vote. But she quickly rallied to say it was an “open secret” that some of the strongest influences working against the court had also opposed her measure.

Father Coughlin, whose radio speeches brought a shower of anti-World Court letters to Senators, once visited the capital to testify against the Pierce Bill.

Representative Pierce, Democrat, of Oregon, called the setback "an incident in a long fight,” adding that, just the same, the measure “had gained ground decidedly all over the country and in Congress too.”

Said Mrs. Sanger:

“In killing the Birth Control Bill the men who voted against it have much to answer for to the womanhood of the country. But this little episode is only one of the signposts on a road to certain ultimate victory.

“The fact that there were eight men on the committee with sufficient vision, intelligence and courage to stand out against the growing insidious influence of dogma encourages me to continue our fight until we win. We are not discouraged.”


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