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SOC 200 The Pill Birth Control as Illegal at One Time Essay

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Soc. 200
The Pill
Margaret Sanger was a true outlaw, Charlie's Angels type character, that
believed the only way to change the law was to break it. It was shocking to me to find
out that birth control was illegal at one time. Without any contraception women were
faced with three decades of childbearing. This likely resulted in 5 to 12 children per
each household. By doing the required reading and watching the videos for this
assignment, I learned that Maragret Sanger was a patriot for women across America.
She was the voice for all women who could not stand up for themselves. Margaret
Sanger stated in The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda that, “birth control
propaganda is thus the entering wedge for the Eugenic educator. In answering the
needs of these thousands upon thousands of submerged mothers, it is possible to use
this interest as a foundation for education in prophylaxis, sexual hygiene, and infant
welfare” (Sanger. 2003). Motherhood is not slavery there is another way.
In the early days of her work, she targeted minorities and mentally retarded
women because she was worried about the health of the women and their unwanted
preganacies. Margaret suggested that. “In this matter the example of the inferior
classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken
classes, should not be held up for emulation to the mentally and physically fit though
less fertile parents of the educated and well-to-do classes, On the contrary, the most
urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and
physically defective” (Sanger. 2003). She saw that the spartan method to breed and

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breed as much and as often as possible was forced on society, and this chaotic
breeding was cruel. Especially in low income minority families that barely had enough to
go around.
In the article American Experience: The Pill, it suggested that, “she was a firm
believer in the theory of population control, she was also worried about the potential toll
of unchecked population growth on the world’s limited natural resources” (American
Experience: The Pill). If the women were able to hold the cards to getting pregnant their
family could flourish and see upward mobility within the social classes. Women would
not be forced into staying at home and raising an endless amount of children. I think
part of the story is not mentioned in Sociology textbooks and women’s rights
organizations because it would bring society to chaos. Margaret proved that not all laws
are correct and should not be followed. Not only was it deadly to the women and unborn
children but it also showed that religious leaders were wrong as well. Margaret went
against the laws in place by the government and was able to achieve a better outcome
and solution for all women. Sanger and her scientist can be seen as leaders of the
social movement because they defied all obstacles to pursue a dream or goal that
others did not believe in. Even when the scientist lost his funding and tenir at the school
he did not give up on his research instead he went to work for himself.
After reading the 1966 anti-pill article, I feel as though the pill was being pushed
more to lower class, single parent women to control the lower section of the population
rather than the population as a whole. This made having sex a casual act rather than a
act between husband and wife. Women were able to have sex without the fear of
becoming pregnant due to a one night stand. The connections that I see between what

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Soc. 200 The Pill Margaret Sanger was a true outlaw, Charlie's Angels type character, that believed the only way to change the law was to break it. It was shocking to me to find out that birth control was illegal at one time. Without any contraception women were faced with three decades of childbearing. This likely resulted in 5 to 12 children per each household. By doing the required reading and watching the videos for this assignment, I learned that Maragret Sanger was a patriot for women across America. She was the voice for all women who could not stand up for themselves. Margaret Sanger stated in The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda that, “birth control propaganda is thus the entering wedge for the Eugenic educator. In answering the needs of these thousands upon thousands of submerged mothers, it is possible to use this interest as a foundation for education in prophylaxis, sexual hygiene, and infant welfare” (Sanger. 2003). Motherhood is not slavery there is another way. In the early days of her work, she targeted minorities and mentally retarded women because she was worried about the health of the women and their unwanted preganacies. Margaret suggested that. ? ...
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