Margaret Sanger and Birth Control
The right to choose motherhood was expanded and made more visible by activists like Margaret Sanger who promoted the development and use of birth control through various campaigns and publications. Early 20th century birth control advocates, such as Sanger, faced opposition from both religious and political leaders who viewed contraception as dangerous and immoral. She published the Birth Control Review and established what became Planned Parenthood, expanding knowledge about and access to contraception. Sanger’s neo-Malthusian and eugenic convictions should be acknowledged as integral to her perspective, which was framed by biased ideas about who should and should not reproduce.