[Interview at the Pacific Club]




Planned Parenthood Held Answer to War Danger,, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Sept. 24, 1955


Sanger likely gave this statement in answer to a question during her "Speech to the Hagerstown Woman's Club" on Jan. 26, 1923 in Hagerstown, Maryland.


Honolulu Star-Bulletin



Planned Parenthood Held Answer to War Danger

Birth control is the answer to war, according to Mrs. Margaret Sanger, the world's foremost exponent of planned parenthood.

Mrs. Sanger was in Honolulu Thursday on the President Cleveland.

She is on her way to Japan for the Fifth International Conference on Planned Parenthood and Overpopulation.

"We've seen the three countries which are overpopulated--Italy, Germany, and Japan," Mrs. Sanger said at an interview at the Pacific Club, where a luncheon was given for her by the Watumull Foundation.

"They had to branch out to other countries and finally move on to war."

"With the terrible lesson of war fresh in their minds, the peoples of these countries are now looking for something like birth control so they will not be urged into another war."

Mrs. Sanger said that 22 countries from the East and the West will be represented in the planned parenthood conference in Japan.

"They are all interested in knowing what to do," she stated.

Even Catholic countries like Italy are now receptive to the idea of birth control, according to Mrs. Sanger.

"In all the time that I have worked for birth control," she went on, "the greatest opposition that I have met has come from the American Catholic groups in New York."

"Even in Italy, there is now a group of brilliant scientists and professional people that is working to do away with the Mussolini laws."

"They never had a law against birth control until Mussolini made one, and you know what Mussolini was."

Mrs. Sanger emphatically asserted that she had never met with any hostility in her work to propagate birth control.

She said that birth control had been practiced "way back in old--Egypt" and in France during the days of Napoleon.

She expressed gratification at the success of the birth control program in India, although it has been introduced in that country only in the last few years.

"In India, we are doing it with moving pictures," she said. "In the slums, we are doing what we can do with children, showing the disadvantages when the parents cannot support their children, and the difficulties to the family when children come too fast."

The Japanese are not going to build birth control clinics, she said, but utilize their midwives to teach birth control to the people.

"In Japan, they have so many midwives and not enough doctors," she explained.

"It will be the first country to use midwives to go into homes and teach the mothers."