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1 Mar 1923
[North Harlem Community Forum Speech]
"Birth Control Advocate Speaks to Large Audience at Public
Library", New York Amsterdam News, Mar. 7
New York Amsterdam News
Sanger spoke to the North Harlem Community Forum at the 135 Street branch of
the New York Public Library on March 1.
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Birth Control Advocate Speaks to Large Audience at Public Library
Mrs. Margaret Sanger, whose activities for birth control has brought
her world wide attention, spoke last Thursday to a large audience in a meeting
held by the North Harlem Community Forum, at the 135th St. Branch Public Library. She spoke on her
recent trip to the Orient and told of her work in
"The women of China and Japan are very keen for
their emancipation," she said, "much more so than
American women. I am deeply disappointed in the women of America,"
she said, "they have the vote but have accomplished almost
nothing toward their emancipation."
Too Many Children.
"The women of the Orient are retarded by having too many babies," she said, "and they are beginning to understand this. They are
eager for birth control. When I landed in Yokohama a delegation of Japanese women came to see me and their
spokesman said, 'When your message came it was the light that we
had long sought in vain.' Even the rickshaw man welcomed my message. Out
of 105 leading newspapers 81 carried front page articles about birth control. Of
course, the Japanese Government is opposed to
She told of pathetic instances of American mothers who had applied to
her for birth control information and of how she could not help because of the
law preventing the dissemination of such information. She said 6,997 mothers had
applied to her for information.
Rich Have Birth Control.
"American women are divided into two classes," said the speaker,
"those who have birth control and those who have not. Rich women can get all
the knowledge on this subject they want, and if it is good for them it is also
good for the poor, who cannot afford to rear large families, like the
"Mankind has always practiced birth control. Infanticide and foeticide dates back
to the earliest ages. In ancient Greece, Egypt,
and Sparta unwelcome babies were exposed for
hours and if they survived were permitted to live. In China
today girl babies are thrown into the canals. The modern system of birth control
aims to restrict excessive populations in a more humane way. It also saves the
strength and energy of the mother for her other duties, and for the care of such
children she may already have."
Several policemen were on hand to see that Mrs. Sanger issued no birth
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