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Margaret Sanger Essay

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I choose to do my biographical paper on Margaret Higgins Sanger, because I admire the work that she done and that is continuing to be done, because of her. She was one of eleven children born to Michael and Anne Higgins; a Roman Catholic working-class Irish American family; on September 14, 1879, in Corning, New York. Margaret’s father a man of the bottle and one who enjoyed talking politics, rather than earning the money needed to take care of such a large family, therefore she spent most of her life in poverty. While I think her father had an impact on the person Margaret grew up to be; it was her mother that really shaped her into the person she was. Along with the eleven children she birthed, Anne also had many miscarriages, Margaret believed that it was the many pregnancies that took a toll on her mother's health and contributed to her early death at the age of 40. (BIO, 2014)
Wanting a better life for herself then the one she grow up with, Margaret went on to attended Claverack College and Hudson River Institute seeking a nursing degree. She worked at the White Plains Hospital, before meeting her husband, William Sanger in 1902. William was an architect. The couple went on to have three children.

In 1910, they moved to New York City. At that time New York was none for its radical politics, they quickly found themselves greatly involved in that world. Margaret joined the “Women's Committee of the New York Socialist Party and the Liberal Club.” (BIO, 2014)
In 1912 Margaret began campaigning to educate women about sex; she wrote her first article entitled “What Every Girl Should Know." She also began writing for The Call, “a radical publication that prompted much of the Progressive agenda.” (, 2014) She is quoted as saying “When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accidents, its children will become the foundation of a new race.” (BrainyQuote, 2014) 1912 was a very important year in the life of Mrs. Sanger; this is the year that she met and tried to nursed Sadie Sachs back to health. Sachs was a 28 when the women men, she was the mother of three with a fourth on the way. Months before the women met Sachs went to her doctor asking about preventing pregnancy, she is quoted as saying, “Another baby will finish me.” her doctor unsympathetic said: “You want your cake while you eat it too, do you?” (Goldberg, 2014)
Without help from her doctor Sachs went on the end her fourth pregnancy herself, Margaret found Sachs in her apartment suffering from septicemia, the result of the self-induced abortion. This is just one of the many reasons; I support the work that Sanger was trying to do. This woman should have had the opportunity to have a safe way to prevent having another baby, instead she died, leaving her first three children mother-less.
In 1913 Sanger began her long journey of advocating for women’s rights to birth control. Federal and state obscenity laws (18 U.S.C. § 1464-...

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