Margaret Sanger and Birth Control Advocacy in Early Urban Spokane

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  • Spokane author and scholar Richard Sola discusses Margaret Sanger and Birth Control Advocacy in early urban Spokane - 1916. Risking arrest and prosecution, birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger brought her message for legal and safe contraception to a audience of a thousand people in Spokane. Using newly discovered correspondence from Sanger, this presentation will discuss why she came to Spokane in 1916, what she advocated and surprising results of her visit. Sanger vividly described her nursing experiences as a obstetrics nurse in the slums of New York City where women could not legally or practically obtain effective birth control. Three months after her Spokane visit, Sanger opened her first birth control clinic in New York City, which was quickly shut down by authorities. Sanger was arrested and brought to trial under obscenity laws.
Margaret Sanger and Birth Control Advocacy in Early Urban Spokane