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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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