The Planned Parenthood founder has close ties to Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) — In 1910, women didn’t have the right to vote, they couldn’t have a credit card in their own name and birth control wasn’t introduced, but Margret Sanger was busy arguing for reproductive rights.

“It’s overwhelming to imagine a woman taking over the entire power structure of the country,” said Alexander Sanger.

Alexander Sanger is Margret’s grandson.

“The opposition that she had was not only was birth control illegal, but the government was against her, men were against her, every religious denomination was against her,” Sanger said.

Sanger says his grandmother was certainly ahead of her time. At 86, she founded Planned Parenthood, helped decriminalize birth control in the United States, and just six years before her death while living in Tucson, she played a pivotal role in the development of the birth control pill.

“She believed in women being able to make choices in their lives and shape their lives the way they want and choose to become mothers if they want to,” Sanger said. “She didn’t think it was up to the government to intervene.”

Flash forward to today.

“Because of the draft opinion on Roe v. Wade worries he would endanger the right to contraception,” Sanger said.

All these decades later, women, young and old, are walking the same path again.

“We decided as a group that we would accept the consequences of our decisions,” said a TUSD student who helped organize a student strike to protest the Supreme Court’s leaked bill overthrowing Roe v. Wade to protest.

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter to any of us that we miss a day of school or those assignments, it’s so much bigger than us, it’s so much bigger than a single day of school,” said another workmate. Organizer.

Margaret Sanger has have been denounced for supporting the racist concept of eugenics, the controlled selective breeding of humans. Alexander Sanger says that he and his grandmother certainly had their differences, especially when it came to racial ideas.

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