Margaret Sanger, "El Paso Planned Parenthood Center Speech," 26 Apr 1952.

Source: " Margaret Sanger Plans Tour in Far East, El Paso Herald Post, Apr. 28, 1952 Margaret Sanger Discusses Reasons for Birth Control, El Paso Times, Apr. 1952 ."

Sanger addressed the 15th anniversary meeting of the El Paso Planned Parenthood Center, at the Country Club, on April 26. The speech was not found, and newspaper coverage has been substituted.

Margaret Sanger Plans Tour in Far East

Margaret Sanger, foremost exponent of birth control, left El Paso yesterday after conferring with directors of the Planned Parenthood Centers.

She was guest of honor at a banquet in the Country Club, celebrating the 15th anniversary of Planned Parenthood in El Paso.

Directors of the first Planned Parenthood Center here were honored at the dinner. The Center was founded under Mrs. Sanger's supervision, April 26, 1937. Two additional clinics were established later.

Mrs. Sanger praised the work of the three clinics in El Paso.

“This is one of the most encouraging spots in the nation,” she told local workers “You are doing wonderful work in El Paso.

"I am also proud of the men here. They have given complete backing to their wives who are members of the clinic staffs. I am pleased at the support given to the work by the people and officials of El Paso."

Plan Foreign Program

Mrs. Sanger outlined her plans for expanding planned parenthood programs in India, Japanand China. She will leave early in the fall to supervise the establishment of new units in those countries.

“There is still a great need for constructive work in the Far East,” she said.

“Fifteen countries have asked for our help in setting up new programs.

“The work is easiest in India, where the officials speak English and have been trained in English schools.”Here is a note.

Margaret Sanger Discusses Reasons for Birth Control

Margaret Sanger, the famous planned parenthood proponent, Saturday returned to El Paso to express her theories with freedom, 15 years after she was boycotted to prevent her from speaking in a local hotel.

Mrs. Sanger addressed the Planned Parenthood Center of El Paso at a dinner held at 6:30 p. m. in the Country Club, marking the local organization's 15th anniversary.

It was fifteen years ago last February that Mrs. Sanger's hotel was boycotted by a local group, and she was forced to speak in the mezzanine of another hotel. It was there that plans for the center were born, and now, El Paso can boast of three clinics.

As a woman who for many years has fought an uphill battle for her ideas and gained world-wide recognition as one of the most famous American women, Mrs. Sanger is used to opposition. If it is dealt out in the right spirit, she does not mind it, she admits.

“We were lucky in Americato have opposition,” she said. “It brought out the strength and conviction that we were right. We had something to fight for and against. We don’t mind the opposition, we just want the opportunity to express our views.”

Mrs. Sanger, who lives in Tucson, Ariz., is en route to New York to make plans with the International Planned Parenthood Committee, of which she is chairman, for a visit to India and Japan. Mrs. Sanger's invitation to go to India in November to organize a planned parenthood program there stems from Prime Minister Nehru's recent public announcement that birth control will be part of India's five-year welfare plan. She is going to Japan thereafter at the request of the Japanese people. In that country, she will address 3000 people on Dec. 6 at a public meeting.

Two years ago, Mrs. Sanger was refused a visa to Japan by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who although he sympathized with her ideas, was forced to turn down her request under pressure to enter the country.

The planned parenthood program cannot go much further in the United States until the public health departments take the responsibility for the future quality of our race, Mrs. Sanger believes.

“If the public health departments do not take it upon themselves to instruct the poor, ignorant people, they will multiply in numbers not only in poor physical condition but also in low mental conditions. If we keep on like this, we shall be reproducing toward a race of morons,” she asserted. “It is a benighted opposition who ties the hands of our public health authorities. This opposition is cruel because these people will be forced to continue having the children they do not want or cannot afford to have.”

The planned parenthood program gets no co-operation from county hospitals and clinics in its program, she added.

Mrs. Sanger, a widow, is the mother of two sons, both doctors. One Stewart Sanger, is the father of two daughters and lives in Tucson. The other, Grant Sanger, of Mount Kisco, N.Y., last week became the father of his sixth child, an only daughter. "They are so excited about the little girl that they haven't named her," the proud grandmother revealed.

Mrs. Sanger was one of 11 children. Her mother died in her early 40s after the birth of her 11th child.

It was the memory of her mother's hard struggle, plus the fact that as a registered nurse, women were constantly asking her advice on birth control that turned Mrs. Sanger's efforts toward the planned parenthood program.

“I knew then that birth control was a human, a physical need,”she said.

Mrs. Sanger's struggle to get her ideas accepted are described in her book, "Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography."

One of these days, she added, after the planned parenthood programs in India and Japan gain impetus, she will sit down to write again, and add to the number of books she has written about birth control.

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