Episode 270

Margaret Sanger: A Legacy of Death (part 1)

In part 1 of studying the legacy of Margaret Sanger, we look at a short biography of her life.

Margaret Sanger believed large families caused poverty and that "prudish" laws like the Comstock Act forced women into "unwanted pregnancies."

She was a relentlessly defiant advocate for "birth control" via contraceptives. Facing several arrests and trials, she ultimately and gradually succeeded in her quest.

Sanger started two organizations that would come together into what we know as Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Whereas Planned Parenthood's function today is mostly as an abortion mill, Sanger herself saw abortion as "barbaric" and to clarify that her "birth control" was a civilized alternative.

To understand Sanger's mindset and not to defend her, we will see from her words in the next part how terrifying some of her goals really were.

Sources Consulted:

Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography (archive.org)

Biography.com s.v. "Margaret Sanger," updated May, 6, 2021.

Claudia Nunez-Eddy and Malladi Lakshmeeramya, "Margaret Higgins Sanger (1879-1966)" in Embryo Project Encyclopedia (Arizona State University, October, 13, 2016).

VCU Libraries Social Welfare History Project, s.v. "Sanger, Margaret," accessed November 18, 2023.

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Daniel Mynyk is a software developer with experience in the education, real estate, and manufacturing industries. He is a devout Christian and an affluent lay apologist, having taught adult Sunday School classes in theology and church history. Daniel has authored the book "Freedom To Give: The Biblical Truth About Tithing." He has also been a guest on the syndicated radio show Bob Enyart Live and popular podcasts such as Apologetics Live, Theology Throw Down, and The Rap Report with Andrew Rappaport. He runs the apologetic website TruthHub.org and hosts the weekly podcast Truthspresso. Daniel lives with his wife Chelsea their four kids.