Margaret Sanger's Speech Analysis

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It was not until August 26th of the 1920s America that women got the right of political involvement in the United States, meaning the right to vote. With the right to vote for the female gender came other issues set by activists such as Margaret Sanger with the importance of planned parenthood, also know as birth control. Margaret Sanger is believed to be known as the original founder of the Planned Parenthood Clinics around the United States; Sanger was born as Margaret Louise Higgins on September 14, 1879 in Corning, New York to Michael Hennessey Higgins, an Irish-born stonemason with iconoclastic ideas, and Anne Purcell Higgins, a devoutly Catholic Irish-American. Sangers mother (Anne), died from tuberculosis at the age of fifty, had born…show more content…
Sanger started the speech with the four questions asked to those who she believed their opinion was not only important but also crucial, to those who might agree and those who might not. Sanger asked “the most eminent men and women in the world if over- population was a menace to the peace of the world? Would it be legal dissemination of the information of birth control to be given at medical centers such as hospitals as the most logical reasoning for the over-population problem? Would the knowledge of Birth Control change the moral attitude of men and women toward the marriage bond or lower the moral standards of the youth of the country? Do you believe that knowledge, which enables parents to limit the families, will make for human happiness, and raise the moral, social and intellectual standards of population?” She recalled the problem the church has had against the progress of women as a whole through the years in the United States, calling it immorality. Sangers said “We know that every advance that woman has made in the last half century has been made with opposition, all of which has been based upon the grounds of immorality. When women fought for higher education, it was said that this would cause her to become immoral and she would lose her place in the sanctity of the home. When…show more content…
Those intelligent and wealthy members of the upper classes who have obtained knowledge of Birth Control and exercise it in regulating the size of their families… The second group is equally intelligent and responsible. They desire to control the size of their families, but are unable to obtain knowledge or to put such available knowledge into practice…The third are those irresponsible and reckless ones having little regard for the consequence of their acts, or whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers” with the movement at its highest, those who lack the knowledge will no longer have to, and will be able to become responsible of their

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