March is Women’s History Month. Mark’s Text Terminal observes the occasion with documents posts and quotes dealing with women’s myriad contributions to the world. To begin the month, here is a reading on Margaret Sanger and a vocabulary-building and comprehension worksheet to accompany it.
Incidentally, I am well aware that Margaret Sanger is a controversial figure–and so is the organization she founded, Planned Parenthood, which issued this manifesto on Ms. Sanger, addressing her involvement with the eugenics movement in the United State and analyzing whether or not she was racist. This is an extremely complicated topic; if you type “Margaret Sanger and eugenics” you will receive page after page of results, many of them highly ideologically charged.
What Margaret Sanger did accomplish, to the offense of many, was to make contraception available to couples who could then, literally, plan their parenthood. Contraception is a sin in the Catholic church, though many Protestants also take umbrage at the idea that a woman has the right to control her own body. Planned Parenthood at this point in its history has established a history of providing healthcare (and yes, the occasional abortion, still legal for now) to low-income patients. For these reasons, Planned Parenthood has become a target of choice for the anti-feminist right wing of the Republican party. Margaret Sanger’s poor choice of ideological fellow travelers has made her a tool of activists who seek to destroy Planned Parenthood.
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