UNIT 18A NOTES

UNIT 18A NOTES - Introduction to Journalism Context of...

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1 Introduction to Journalism Dr. Fred Blevens Unit 18A: PR, Birth Control, Dissidence Context of Birth Control ± Abortion is illegal in early 20th century ± Performed by unlicensed doctors ± Conditions unsafe and unsanitary ± Multiple births took sometimes lethal toll on women ± Prevention considered a violation of God and nature ± Printed sex education info considered obscene ± $5,000 fine and five years in prison Margaret Sanger ± Born 1879 to devout Catholic family ± Mother gave birth to 11 children ± Lost 7 others in miscarriages ± Weakened, she died in her 40s; dad lived into 80s ± At 19, Sanger married wealthy, young architect ± Had three children of her own ± Joined Visiting Nurses Association ± Wealthy women in progressive era cared for lower classes ± Advised them on condoms, diaphragms, spermicide ± Sanger cared for Sadie Sachs ± Sachs, indigent with three children, became ill after abortion ± After recovery, she asked doctor how to avoid pregnancy ± Doctor refused; illegal to advise on such matters
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This note was uploaded on 06/05/2011 for the course MMC 3602 taught by Professor Suris during the Spring '10 term at FIU.

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