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The Man Who Hated Women

Sex, Censorship, and Civil Liberties in the Gilded Age

by Amy Sohn

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The Man Who Hated Women by Amy Sohn
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Margaret Sanger and the Founding of Planned Parenthood

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Exterior of Planned Parenthood clinic with sign that says Care. No Matter WhatIn 1916 in a poor Brooklyn neighborhood, three women opened a clinic providing information about birth control. Despite the fact that birth control has existed in various forms for millennia, at the time it was illegal to share such information, and within 10 days the clinic was shut down and the three women — Margaret Sanger, Ethel Byrne and Fania Mindell — were arrested. This marked the beginning but not the end of challenges to the existence of the women's health clinics eventually knows as Planned Parenthood.

Charged with violating the 1873 Comstock Act that prohibited disseminating contraception or even information explaining birth control, Sanger and her fellow activists and nurses reopened the clinic anyway only to be shut down again and re-arrested. The judge in the trial captured a sentiment that remains all too familiar today, stating that women did not have "the right to copulate with a feeling of security that there will be no resulting conception," as Amy ...

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