Essay On Birth Control By Margaret Sanger

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Around the world, women have small alarms going off, reminding them to take their daily pill, which helps prevent pregnancies. Less than sixty years ago, women would not have had this privilege, but instead would heavily rely on men to provide some sort of birth control method. However, thanks to Margaret Sanger, women have the right to choose their form of birth control. Sanger’s legacy consists of many, even now, controversial movements, including the legalization of women’s birth control, the creation of Planned Parenthood clinics and the start of a revolution in sex education for women. She is also seen by many as a bigot and a racist leading to the use of her image against her own causes. Though Sanger did not single handily bring a revolution …show more content…
Sanger’s mother suffered from an active tubercular which worsened with each pregnancy and miscarriage she had (Coates, 2008). By the end of her life, she had given birth eleven times and suffered seven miscarriages (Gray, 1979). It was also clear to Sanger that there was a difference between her poor family, who constantly struggled for everything, and the rich family that one of her sisters was a maid for. Quickly, she realized it was due to the fact there was only two or three children instead of the “half a dozen or more the poor had” (Gray, 1979, pg 16). After the death of her mother, Sanger made the final decision to leave her home and left, to pursuing a job in nursing. It was there that she met her husband, who wooed her and eventually they married, causing Sanger to leave nursing. Soon after the family was blessed with two children; two boys borne in 1903 and then in 1908 (Kenndy, 1970). It was not until 1913 that they had a daughter (Kenndy, 1970). During this time Sanger learned that she needed more mental stimulation to keep her from getting bored, and tried a variety of activities to attempt to stimulate herself. It was then that she started giving the neighborhood children and mothers ' talks on sexual reproduction (Gray, 1979). She was soon invited to replace a sick speaker at a meeting on labour, but realized that she did not know …show more content…
In Sanger’s time, birth control was almost unheard of, especially for those of the poorer denomination, but it was within her lifetime that the pill was first created and started to be used. Once the federal ban on birth control was lifted in 1938, womb veils started to become a popular form of birth control (Thompson, 2013). By 1956, research was being done to create a pill form of birth control for women, something that would one day become one of the most popular forms of birth control for women (America, 2016). Planned Parenthood clinics received a grant in order to undertake the development of this pill. The first trials resulted in side effects much worse than anything seen today as the hormone levels were much too high (America, 2016). By 1972, birth control was finally legal for everyone in the United States and the pill had been refined to a lower level of hormone, making it safer (Thompson, 2013). In 1993, the female condom was approved for use, being “the only female-initiated means of preventing both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases” (Susie Hoffman, 2004, pg 120) to exist. It ranged in effectiveness, anywhere from 90.5% to 99.2%, but still remains one of the only options for women to protect themselves (Susie Hoffman, 2004). There are some drawbacks to this method, however, including that it is difficult to insert and the male view towards it. Though it was created to help women have control

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