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28 Sept 1953
Return From Sweden
Birth Control Leader Ends Swedish Trip, Arizona Daily Star, Aug. 28, 1953
Sanger spoke to the press on arriving back in Tuscon
after attending the Fourth International Conference on Planned Parenthood in Stockholm,
birth control, international
Italy, overpopulation and
Birth Control Leader Ends Swedish Trip
"Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries are much more highly educated
in sex matters than America," according to Mrs. Margaret Sanger Slee, who
returned to Tuscon last night after becoming president of the International Planned
Parenthood federation last week in Stockholm.
She arrived by plane from Tulsa, Okla.,
where she became fatigued from motoring from New
York with her Tuscon friend and companion, Dorothy McNamee.
The world's outstanding advocate of planned parenthood declared that
Sweden planned parenthood
organization has more than 100,000 members, and is subscribed to
financially by the king.
She said the Swedish nation has backed the organization for many years
and with money raised through dues is actively extending the program to
The planned parenthood conference held great interest in Sweden, she
said, and was top news in papers there all week, sharing page one headlines with
the Kinsey report on reviews which
appeared during the conference.
The work of the conference, which was the fourth international assembly
of the federation, was to establish a constitution. She said that a legal review
of the constitution will be made soon in America by the national organization's attorneys. It will then be
available to the public.
Mrs. Slee visited cities in Finland,
Norway and Denmark as well as in
England, and said she was surprised to find her name so well
She said her task as president of the federation is to "explore" the site of the next conference, which will be held in two years; set
an agenda, and raise the money for the conference. Invitations to become host to
the next conference have already been extended by Holland and Japan, she said.
From a start in 1916, more than 600 clinics have been launched in
America, of which more than 500 are still in existence. Tuscon's clinic is
located at 28 East Corral street.
Work of the organization and its new constitution will next be
discussed in Tuscon by Lady Rama
Rau, of India, with whom Margaret Sanger was
co-president of the federation during the past two years. Lady Rau will speak before the
Sunday Evening Forum Oct. 25.
Mrs. Sanger commented that Italy as well as some other
European countries have long been known to demographers as a "danger spot," with
serious problems in respect to the living space for its population.
Ambassador to Italy Clare Luce
recently wrote an article for Newsweek and other
national magazines that Italy needs a solution to her population problems.
Commenting on the article, Mrs. Sanger said, "Mrs. Luce is too
intelligent a woman not to already know the solution to that problem."
She said planned parenthood is now being practiced surreptitiously in
Italy. A doctor was recently arrested in Italy for giving planned parenthood
information, she said, but he was acquitted. "That is a good start," she said "The Italian people are intelligent," she
commented, "It is just a matter of getting in there and replying to their
Mrs. Slee said she plans to remain in Tuscon for an extended time
before she accepts speaking engagements in connection with her office. she has
lived in Tuscon for many years at 65 Sierra Vista drive.
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