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Margaret Higgins Sanger (September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966) was an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term birth control, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established Planned Parenthood. Sanger's efforts contributed to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case which legalized contraception in the United States. Sanger is ... more »

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  • A mutual and satisfied sexual act is of great benefit to the average woman, the magnetism of it is health giving. When it is not desired on the part of the woman and she gives no response, it should n...
    Margaret Sanger (1883-1966), U.S. pioneer of birth control movement. "Coitus Interruptus," Family Limitation (1914).
  • ''As I look back upon my life, I see that every part of it was a preparation for the next. The most trivial of incidents fits into the larger pattern like a mosaic in a preconceived design.''
    Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control advocate. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 1 (1931).
  • Life has taught me one supreme lesson. This is that we must—if we are really to live at all, if we are to enjoy the life more abundant promised by the Sages of Wisdom—we must put our convict...
    Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control rights activist. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 27 (1931).
  • ''Let priests and bishops denounce—let the hierarchy roar! They cannot push the chick back into the shell.''
    Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control advocate. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 17 (1931). On the futility of the Roman Catholic Church'...
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