Margaret Sanger, "Rhythm Method and the Catholic Church," 24 Feb 1937.

Source: " Sanger Defends Birth Control, El Paso Herald-Post, Feb. 24, 1937, p. 2."

For the speech Sanger gave later that day, see Speech on Opening a Birth Control Clinic, Feb. 24, 1937.


Sanger Defends Birth Control

The Catholic Church endorses the same principles of birth control as advanced in the crusade led by her since 1914. Margaret Sanger, internationally known birth control advocate, said in El Paso today.

Mrs. Sanger and Mrs. N. Bess Prather of Casa Grande, Ariz., arrived at 8:45 a.m. from Chandler, Ariz., to confer with the local Birth Control Clinic Committee on a proposed El Paso clinic.

They were met by Mrs. Charles A. Goetting, chairman of the El Paso Birth Control Clinic Committee and Mrs. George McAlmon, committee member.

"It's only the method of birth control in which the Catholic Church disagrees with us," Mrs. Sanger said. She cited the book, "The Rhythm," by Leo J. Latz, M.D., L.L.D., written by a Catholic and given ecclesiastical approbation.

"This book deals with the right of the mother to space her children," she said. "It is only in the method with which religious groups are in disagreement with us."

Scientific methods of birth control must be individually applied, Mrs. Sanger pointed out.

"That is why we want clinics established," she said. "Mothers in the 322 clinics in the United States are considered individually and given proper instruction suitable to their individual physical, mental and economic condition."

Mrs. Sanger said that a Birth Control Clinic is functioning in Phoenix, Ariz., planning immediate establishment of a clinic.

Prominent members of the medical profession, the civic and service organizations are represented on the Phoenix committee, she said.

Mrs. Sanger will speak at a general meeting open to the public today at 8 p.m. at Hotel Paso del Norte.

She met in conference at 10:30 p.m. at Hotel Paso del Norte with the local Birth Control Clinic Committee and at luncheon at 12:30 p.m. with the advisory committee of doctors. Doctors present included: Dr. Will P. Rogers, president of the El Paso County Medical Society, and advisory group: Drs. J. L. Green, Arthur Black, T. J. McCamant and J. Mott Rawlings.


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