Margaret Sanger, "Letter to the Editor of the New York Times," 15 Nov 1921.
Source: " Mrs. Sanger's Opinion, New York Times, Nov. 19, 1921, p 12."
Sanger's letter was written in response to an editorial note published in the New York Times, which likened the behavior of birth control supporters at Town Hall to "a crowd of anarchists," who "started a riot--not a very fierce riot," and "gave the police justification for making against them the technical charge of disorderly conduct." (See Topics of the Times, New York Times, Nov. 15, 1921, p. 15.)
To the Editor of the New York Times
In your editorial this morning, Nov. 15, you criticize the action of the birth control advocates who were arrested Sunday night at the Town Hall for not obeying the police when they told them to leave the hall. You further state that there is a legal way to adjust these matters, and that one has redress in the courts.
Do you realize in making such statements that they are inconsistent with the facts of the case? Do you realize that the officer who placed me under arrest had absolutely no right or reason to enter that hall and to prohibit my addressing an audience? This was verified by the dismissal of the case before the Judge the following morning.
Had I left the hall in obedience to the deputy command, I would have had nothing upon which to go into the courts for a decision. It was necessary for the deputy to make an arrest in order to get a right interpretation of the law in this case.
I think your criticism of our meeting was very unjust and does not stand up at all for the principle of right which is the essential thing that this Government is based upon.MARGARET SANGER.
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