Rare footage of a birth control pioneer

Shannon Roberts
May 2, 2014
Reproduced with Permission
Demography is Destiny

A newsreel archive company has recently uploaded 85,000 historic films made between 1896 and 1976 onto Youtube (under than name British Pathe if you want to check them out. There is the Wright Brothers' first flight and Queen Victoria's funeral in 1901 among other things).

One in particular relates to demography. Planned Parenthood, an organisation which receives huge amounts of funding in the United States, was started by a lady with rather sinister views, Margaret Sanger. Despite its terrible origins the organisation lives on and has had a huge impact on world demographics.

This interesting clip goes back to 1947 and is rare footage of Margaret Sanger arguing that European women shouldn't have babies for ten years. Quite an incredible world view. The Daily Caller picked up the story:

One video that has caught The Daily Caller's eye is the one below, in which American birth control activist Margaret Sanger (here called Margaret Slee, which was her second husband's name) sternly demands that the women of the world have "no more babies."

The snippet was filmed at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Sanger was the president of the America Planned Parenthood Federation at the time. That organization has since evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a nonprofit organization that to this day advocates heavily for abortion.

Planned Parenthood has received massive amounts of funding from the U.S. government since 1970. As the text below the YouTube clip explains, Sanger was specifically arguing that people in developing countries shouldn't have babies until 1957.