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Margaret Sanger, "S.S. President Wilson Interview," 16 Nov 1955.

Source: " Birth Control Leader Sees World Hope in New Drug, Honolulu Star Bulletin, Nov. 17, 1955.."

Sanger gave an interview while en route home from the Fifth International Conference on Planned Parenthood, held in Tokyo. She was accompanied by Vera Houghton.

Birth Control Leader Sees World Hope in New Drug

A pill to prevent babies.

That may well be the answer to controlling the population of the world in the future. Mrs. Margaret Sanger, international birth control leader, said yesterday aboard the President Wilson.

She said this was one of the concrete results of the Fifth International Conference on Planned Parenthood and Overpopulation she recently presided over in Tokyo.

"For the first time biologists and chemists have given us hope--hope of a means to stabilize the birth and death rates.


"At present in most countries the birth rate is up and the death rate is down. We'll never have peace until we control the population," said Mrs. Sanger.

The pill about which she spoke is the hormone progesterone. Taken under medical direction, it prevents the ovum from conceiving.

"Experiments in the United States have shown it to be harmless and effective but expensive.

Until it can be manufactured synthetically it will be too expensive for mass distribution." said Mrs. Sanger.

She added, although it is being used in the U.S. today, it is still in the experimental stage.

Mrs. Sanger and her traveling companion, Mrs. Vera Houghton of London, international secretary of the Planned Parenthood Federation, stated the conference was the most successful on record.

"There's been a change of attitude all over the world toward birth control in the past five years," said Mrs. Houghton.


The step which the Indian government took in supporting a birth control program helped remove prejudice, she added.

Like India, Japan is beginning government birth control programs.

But in Mrs. Sanger's opinion the Japanese "are not doing enough."

Mrs. Sanger continued on to the Mainland last night, returning home to Tucson, Arizona.

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