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Running head MARGARET SANGER 1 Week 5 Final Assignment Margaret Sanger Tiffany Monserrate HCA415: Community and Public Health Avi Stein 3/4/19
MARGARET SANGER 2 One of the most profound contributions to public health was made possible by a woman who fought for freedoms during a time when it was dangerous for her to do so.Margaret Sanger spent her entire life trying to educate the public about the importance of birth control,although the information that she was offering was illegal at the time.Her efforts lead to the first ever birth control facility in the United States and would eventually become what millions of women rely on today for their own reproductive health needs,The Planned Parenthood Federation of America.Margaret Sanger was born in 1879 in Corning,New York.Her father,Michael Higgins,was a liberal thinker and a women’s rights supporter.Margaret Higgins was the sixth of eleven children.Her mother died at the age of forty,and Margaret always believed that her mother’s premature death was a consequence of excessive childbearing.During her mother’s illness,Margaret acted as a nurse and also helped care for her younger siblings.(Croft,2000) During her life,Margarets mother would carry 18 pregnancies,and only deliver 11 live children.Her mothers suffering inspired Margaret a great deal.After her mothers passing,she became interested in medicine and eventually decided to become a nurse.Margaret attended Claverack College and the Hudson Valley Institute and would later take her first nursing job at White Plains Hospital.During her time as a nurse Margaret was exposed to the many hardships that women faced as a result of unplanned pregnancies.
MARGARET SANGER 3 Margaret treated women who put their lives at risk and often fell extremely ill and many times died due to self-induced abortions.Women resorted to these methods because abortion was illegal at the time.Some of the dangerous methods that women would use to self-induce abortion included the consumption of abortifacients,which were any number of substances that were thought to cause miscarriage.The effectiveness of these substances was not backed by any medical research or proof but instead by hearsay.Women would take such substances out of desperation and without knowledge of the danger they were putting their own lives in.Other methods included douching with harmful chemicals such as bleach,turpentine and lye,all very toxic substances that would result in health issues for the woman.Back alley abortionsusing coat hangers,needles,hat pins and many other sharp and dangerous devices were performed by non-medical personnel and left women in deadly situations.A turning point for Sanger was when she became involved with the unfortunate case of Mrs.

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