Margaret Sanger, "Chicago Daily Tribune Interview," 01 Feb 1950.
Source: " "Mrs. Sanger Urges Birth Rate Cut if U.S. is "Out for War", Chicago Daily Tribune, Feb. 1, 1950, p. B9."
Sanger gave a press interview at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. For her later speech to Planned Parenthood of the Chicago Area, see Pioneers of Progress, Feb. 2, 1950.
“If America is out for war, it isn’t time to boost our birth rate.”
This was the comment yesterday of Mrs. Margaret Sanger, pioneer advocate of birth control, at a press interview in the Drake Hotel. Mrs. Sanger, who lives in Tucson, Ariz., came here to be the principal speaker today at the 25th anniversary luncheon of the Planned Parenthood association of the Chicago area in the Palmer House.
“If we’re smart, we will realize that a population of 2, 3 or 4 million babies is not an asset in war time,” she contended. “Russia found that out. They allowed abortions for eight years, kept 20 million babies from being born, and thus had 20 million less mouths to feed. It was a great asset to winning the war at that time.”
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