Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger (1879 - 1966) was a birth control activist who founded the American Birth Control League in 1921 which became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942. In 1914 Sanger was indicted by federal authorities for violating postal regulations by advocating birth control in her newsletter The Woman Rebel. She fled to England but returned in 1915. Clarence Darrow and other lawyers offered to defend Sanger but she turned them down because "I was convinced that the quibbles of lawyers inevitably beclouded the fundamental issues; I had to move people and persuade them emotionally." The Autobiography of Margaret Sanger 185 (2004). Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-23669