14 Great Margaret Sanger Quotes

14 Great Margaret Sanger Quotes

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Margaret Sanger was a sex educator, nurse, and birth control activist from New York. She was born in 1879 to Roman Catholic parents. After dealing with the strict implications of her religion she went on to fight for birth control rights for women. She eventually opened Planned Parenthood, which is an establishment still highly important for young women today. She died on September 6, 1944.

“A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.”

“Diplomats make it their business to conceal the facts, and politicians violently denounce the politicians of other countries.”

“Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.”

“In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered. The conversation went on and on, and when
we were finally through it was too late to return to New York.”

“MOTHERS! / Can you afford to have a large family? / Do you want any more children? / If not, why do you have them?”

“No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.”

“Our laws force women into celibacy on the one hand, or abortion on the other. [npg] Both conditions are declared by eminent medical authorities to be injurious to health.”

“She goes through the vale of death alone, each time a babe is born. As it is the right neither of man nor the state to coerce her into this ordeal, so it is her right to decide whether she
will endure it.”

“The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

“The submission of her body without love or desire is degrading to the woman’s finer sensibility, all the marriage certificates on earth to the contrary notwithstanding.”

“Usually this desire [for family limitation] has been laid to economic pressure… It has asserted itself among the rich and among the poor, among the intelligent and the unintelligent. It
has been manifested in such horrors as infanticide, child abandonment and abortion.”

“Woman must have her freedom; the fundamental freedom of choosing whether or not she shall be a mother and how many children she will have. Regardless of what man’s attitude may be, that
problem is hers; and before it can be his, it is hers alone.”

“Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.”

“You caused this. Mother is dead from having too many children.”