Margaret Sanger, "Oregon Daily Journal Interview," 18 June 1916.
Source: " Says Birth Control Would Right Wrongs, Oregon Daily Journal, June 18, 1916, p. 5."
Birth control, or a knowledge of ways and means of contraception, is to be a boon to suffering motherhood, according to Mrs. Margaret Sanger of New York, who is in Portland to lecture on the subject.
Not only is it to relieve women of the burden of bearing too many children, but it is to be a large factor in the fight of the poor for economic justice. By limiting the birth-rate, birth control advocates say, the supply of cheap labor will be diminished and with fewer people, there will be more work and greater opportunity.
"Birth control," said Mrs. Sanger, in her apartment at the Portland yesterday, "is the keynote in the social awakening. It challenges the idea that women should not try to keep from having children and advances the idea that the real wrong is in having children that they do not want, and for whom they cannot provide.
Mrs. Sanger says that birth control already is practiced by perhaps one-third of the women in the United States judging from the birth rate.
Mrs. Sanger was formerly a nurse, and she says it was her work among the poor of New York that made her an advocate of birth control.
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