Margaret Sanger, "Tucson Press Statement," 18 Apr 1936.

Source: " Mrs. Sanger to Discuss Clinic, Arizona Daily Star, Apr. 18, 1936."

Sanger spoke to the press in advance of her speech on Apr. 19, 1936 at the YWCA on behalf of the Tucson Mothers Health Clinic. That speech has not been found.


Mrs. Sanger to Discuss Clinic

Although birth control clinics, once the object of indignant police raids, have multiplied with public approval until there are now 235 in the United States, Margaret Sanger, founder of the modern American movement, won’t be happy until congress has exempted nearly 7000 hospitals and clinics “from the punishments of the federal law,” she said today.

The immediate object of birth control forces is to have the bill now in the hands of the senate judiciary committee, of which Arizona’s Senator Ashurst is chairman, reported out for open debate on the floor of congress, Mrs. Sanger said.

The bill would permit shipment by U.S. mail and common carriers of birth control information and supplies to physicians, hospitals and clinics in states where laws permit.

“We have never wanted to go into politics,” Mrs. Sanger said yesterday, “but with the lives of countless mothers and the happiness of countless families at stake, it looks as if we may be forced to. At present, we are urging friends of our movement to press their representatives for action, and to determine the attitude of candidates before election day.”

“During the present period in our history, it is possible to illustrate vividly that families least-fitted economically to have large families are the ones most ignorant of control methods,” Mrs. Sanger said quoting statistics compiled by the Milbank foundation which show the birth rate among unemployed and relief work families is 65 per cent higher than for the remaining of the population.

When the government must support these unlimited families through expenditure of billions of dollars, “we are beginning to substitute the benevolence of the state for the responsibility of parents, a tendency dangerous to our form of government,” Mrs. Sanger said.

The All India Women’s conference, which she addressed, voted 85 to 24 in favor of establishing clinics in the country,

“I found these women outspoken, fearless in acknowledging issues as they are possessed of the will and courage to face the consequences when principles are at stake,” Mrs. Sanger said.


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