Skip to comments.Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger in the U.S.S.R.
Posted on 07/06/2018 9:03:34 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
"Russia today is the country of the liberated woman," remarked Margaret Sanger upon her return from a 1934 tour of the Soviet Union. "The attitude of Soviet Russia toward its women...would delight the heart of the staunchest feminist," she wrote in 1935 for the Birth Control Review. But while Sanger was impressed with a growing Soviet effort to liberate women from "housework drudgery...and no pay or recognition tasks," she witnessed severe limitations in reproductive choices for women and foresaw a crisis in Soviet women's healthcare that has received extensive coverage in the media since the dismantling of the Soviet state.
Like most Westerners visiting the USSR, Sanger traveled with a tour group (led by American writer Sherwood Eddy) under official state guidance. But her international reputation, friendships with American and European expatriates, and sheer audacity enabled her to see "anything that I asked to see and many things I was not supposed to see," including dispensaries, hospitals, clinics, and Institutes for the Protection of Motherhood in Lenigrad, Moscow, Stalingrad, Odessa, and several smaller cities and towns.
What Sanger observed during her six week tour led her to label the USSR a country of "great contradictions." While she found posters urging the use of contraceptives, and was told repeatedly that people were learning about birth control from the government, she was disappointed on several occasions to find devices too old to use, or clinics that had long ago run out of supplies.
Sanger also disapproved of the Soviet dependence on abortions. While she applauded the Soviets for giving official sanction to abortion and thereby taking the practice out of "the hands of quacks" and under the auspices of hygenic and professionally staffed hospitals, she criticized Soviet doctors for using abortion as a means of family planning. When Sanger pleaded for the adoption of birth control as a safer and more humane alternative to repeat abortions, one Soviet doctor responded that as long as women had to depend on the state doctors for abortions, the state could control its rate of population growth. In her speeches after the trip, Sanger warned of the danger of growing state control over women's reproductive choices. Just ten years later, Stalin imposed an edict which provided monetary incentives for childbearing, outlawed abortions and made access to contraceptives more difficult.
Traveling with her son, Grant, and her secretary, Florence Rose, Sanger saw more than clinics and hospitals on her trip. She and her tour visited many of the popular tourist sites, including the Kremlin and the Hermitage, sailed down the Volga, and took a harrowing bus ride through the mountains of Georgia and then on to the Black Sea, where Sanger boasted that she bathed au naturel.
Although frustrated with the unfulfilled potential of the Soviet Union, Sanger returned home optimistic about aspects of the Soviet system; for instance she spoke enthusiastically about the special care given to mothers and children and the equality of women in the workplace. And she thought, at a time when free distribution of birth control was still officially illegal in America, that the U.S. could learn from the Soviet example, however flawed it may have been: "The right of women to birth control is clear. And this right need not be bulwarked, as in our country by health reasons, economic reasons, eugenic reasons, but is granted as a simple human right."
Five Year Plan was running a little behind in diaphragm production, eh?
“Black Sea, where Sanger boasted that she bathed au naturel.”
Wait, did the Black Sea get it’s name before or after this event ?
>>then on to the Black Sea, where Sanger boasted that she bathed au naturel.
Never mind the 6 million or so corpses rotting in the ditches, Margeret.
“Sanger also disapproved of the Soviet dependence on abortions. “
So I am supposed to believe the hundreds of papers published that state otherwise, or this single article from the Margaret Sanger archives ?
The Soviets didn't put women in gulags?
I wonder is she saw the piles of corpses from the Holodomor, or the millions of prisoners in the Gulags?
I am 100% with you on this. I know WHY, because liberals are comfortable with massive levels of cognitive dissonance and hypocrisy, otherwise they could never exist or function the way normal people do.
Your graphic amply illustrates that. To them, truth is relative and malleable, so they have no issue with going to war with Eurasia, then saying the next day (or even the next minute) that they have always been at war with Eurasia.
Heck, look at Hiter, Stalin, and the American Communist Party with everything surrounding the Non-Aggression Pact in 1939.
Five Year Plan was running a little behind in diaphragm production, eh?
Condom production from used truck tires not too successful...
50,000 mile tread life condoms with deep grooves to
bring her more pleasure and better traction in icy conditions.
Interesting that in the 1930s birth control was illegal. Also, why wouldnt the husband also wish to use birth control sometimes? After all, he had to provide for each child. Didnt the husband want to have some sex without fear of procreating? Why was it a womans goal to get birth control?
I watched an I Love Lucy recently and it appears even in the 1950s, men spanked their wives as punishment, and when they said Get to the Kitchen, the woman hopped to it because her husband was The Boss.
The only thing I can think of for why men didnt want their wives on BC would be so that she wouldnt cheat with another man?
Based on raw body count figures, Sanger is responsible for more murders than Stalin or Mao.
Sorry. I despise Margaret Sanger too but those are fake quotes. They may reflect things she believe but she never said those words.
” the woman hopped to it because her husband was The Boss.”
No,most women let the men THINK that whey were the bosses.
I'd like to see a source for the second.
"Many, perhaps, will think it idle to go farther in demonstrating the immorality of large families, but since there is still an abundance of proof at hand, it may be offered for the sake of those who find difficulty in adjusting old-fashioned ideas to the facts. The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it. The same factors which create the terrible infant mortality rate, and which swell the death rate of children between the ages of one and five, operate even more extensively to lower the health rate of the surviving members."
And here's a link to a Planned Parenthood "Fact Sheet" falsely claiming that "Sanger was making an ironic comment not a prescriptive one" when the full quote and the paragraphs around it don't suggest an irony whatsoever.
Poland signed Non Aggression pact with Nazi Germany in 1934.
Soviet signed neutrality pact with Japan in 1941. It was proven a successful strategy.
Second is probably not exact, but the KKK would make her an honorary member in a flash:
I was thinking of the MolotovRibbentrop Pact, in which the two leftist tyrannies agreed not to go to war with each other.
After the pact was signed, the American Communists (and other assorted useful idiots) were all complete and total non-interventionalists, marching outside the White House to stay out of the war.
Then, when Germany invaded the USSR, in a heartbeat...literally...they switched as if on demand to agitating for the USA to get into the war.
That was what I was referring to...
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