Margaret Sanger, "San Angelo Comments," 04 May 1949.

Source: " "M. Sanger Strikes at Evil that Breaks Up Happiness", San Angelo Evening Standard, May 4, 1949."

Sanger spoke at a dinner in San Angelo, sponsored by the annual meeting of the Planned Parenthood League of Texas. The dinner meeting was held at the St. Angelus Hotel. For her speech to the State Planned Parenthood Convention, see Preparation of Parenthood for World Peace, May 5, 1949.


M. Sanger Strikes At Evil Which Breaks Up Happiness

by ALLIENE WIGGINS Standard-Times Staff

The only cause for social betterment today that will remain in textbooks and histories 500 years from now will be that of birth control.

This was the opinion of Mrs. Margaret Sanger, famed crusader for the movement, who spoke informally Wednesday night at the dinner held at the St. Angelus Hotel, following a reception at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Cox.

Mrs. Sanger, a gray-haired, attractive woman, is the kind of individual whom one sees and thinks: Here is a real person.

The reaction of last night's dinner guests to her speech was evidence that she affects most people in the same manner. The audience rose to applaud her when she was introduced by George Ripley of Dallas.

The speaker remarked that she had long since curtailed her attendance at Planned Parenthood meetings in America, spending most of her time in Italy, Germany, and Japan, where she felt the birth control advocacy was more sorely needed. But that, “The famed feminine wiles of southern womanhood, of which I’ve heard all my life [] me. I was convinced by letter than the San Angelo organization could not have this state meeting without my presence; that it needed my advice and encouragement. And what do I find? One of the most efficient organizations possible, and with such an enviable record,” Mrs. Sanger said. Europe has always offered less barriers to her movement; and today, the question of population is of “overwhelming concern because it is increasing far beyond the resources of the countries.”

In closing Mrs. Sanger called the group's attention to the problems that Great Britain faced today in regard to over-population and the dilemma that country finds itself in. The commonwealth countries, as Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, have offered their less populated lands for emigration of England's increasing persons, but with the stipulation that only the healthy, energetic, and capable will be admitted. The Labour government turned thumbs down, as it would leave England with the sick, incompetent and aged persons, she explained.

The Texas League is privileged to have Mrs. Sanger as a speaer at their meeting as she has not attended a state conference in several years.

Making her home in Tucson, Mrs. Sanger is now primarily interested in clinical research and the international situation with relation to the planned parenthood movement. For the past three years she has worked in the Scandinavian countries and England to help in reconstructing the birth control work, which well-established before World War II, was done away with during the Nazis regime.

Europe has always offered less barriers tot he movement; and today, the question of population is of "overwhelming concern because it is increasing far beyond the resources of the countries."

At a conference in England last year, 34 countries were represented, showing the extent of the interest in this movement.

There are 18 million people in England and Wales today whom the two countries can not feed properly. In the vastly over-populated countries such as India and China, there is the immediate problem of starvation or immigration. Mrs. Sanger is working now with as intense a zeal as in her primary crusade in the United States to help alleviate this problem.

The Planned Parenthood League, which emerged in its present form in 1939, is now an accepted institution in every state except Massachusetts and Connecticut. It is against the law in Massachusetts for a doctor to give any contraceptive means to a mother even if the birth of another child would mean her death. In a recent election, 75,000 citizens signed a petition placing the question of the removal of these restrictions on the ballot, but the opposition, firmly entrenched in the press and radio, defeated the movement. There are, however, about 1,280 national and state organizations which have endorsed the movement.

The medical profession has fully endorsed the movement which Mrs. Sanger has advocated for many years as a scientific method to attain better health for the nation's mothers and families. Her struggle began in 1909 when her nursing experience with a poverty-stricken mother, who caused her own death by trying to stop the coming of another child, filled her with resolve to strike at the root of the evil which was breaking the health of mothers throughout the country. Her crusade against government, religious, and press opposition since that time is an exciting and inspiring story of a determined woman who sees the need of a social reform and fights for it against all obstacles.


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