Biography Of Margaret Sanger

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In July of 1912 Margaret Sanger was summoned to New York's Lower East Side by an emergency call from a doctor. Jake Sachs, a poorly paid truck driver, had come home to find his three children crying and his wife Sadie unconscious on the floor. Twenty year old Sadie Sachs was found seriously hemorrhaging from a self induced abortion. After several hours the bleeding was stopped and it took three weeks for Mrs. Sachs to recover, with help from Margaret. The doctor told Sadie that another pregnancy could result in loss of her life. When Sadie asked what could be done to prevent another pregnancy from happening, the doctor laughed and said, "You want to have you cake and eat it too? Well it can't be done." His solution was to tell Jake to sleep on the roof. Margaret felt helpless and could offer no help. A few months later, Sadie tried to abort herself a second time, and hemorrhaged so badly that within ten minutes she died. While there is no definitive proof that this story is fact or fiction, Margaret Sanger wrote about this moving story as a turning point in her life.
Margaret Sanger was born Margaret Higgins in Corning, New York on September 14, 1883. She was the sixth of eleven children. In addition to eleven live births, her mother suffered from seven miscarriages. In a noisy overcrowded home full of scrimping and poverty, her parents, Anne and Michael Higgins, were described as having a loving relationship. Although undoubtedly influenced by the poverty in which she was raised, young Margaret was an excellent student, and a no nonsense and disciplined young woman. She was popular with a sense a humor. But she was also rebellious and opinionated, at times embellishing the truth. She walked out of the classroom of...

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...York next to her sister Nan Higgins and her second husband Noah Slee.
Margaret Sanger was an outspoken, sexually liberated woman whose prolific writing career included a great deal of controversial opinion related to birth control, society, and quality of life for the human race. She was an outspoken eugenist and considered by some to be racist, but her determination fueled many improvements to women's health. Through her tenacity, Margaret accomplished her life-long goal of bringing safe, effective, and widely available contraception to the world.
The Margaret Sanger Papers Project continues to this day to collect her writings and personal papers and has approximately 7,000 writings at this time. Through this effort current day readers can continue to gain insight on what drove Margaret Sanger to be named one of Time Magazine's Great People of the 20th Century.
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