Margaret Sanger and “Family Limitation”


In 1914, Margaret Sanger was indicted for distributing The Woman Rebel through the mail. She fled to Europe but returned to face the charges after her husband was targeted by anti-obscenity campaigner Anthony Comstock and jailed for disseminating Sanger's pamphlet “Family Limitation.” Both publications were deemed obscene under the Comstock Laws because they provided information about contraception. By 1916, Comstock had died, public opinion was shifting, and the U.S. Attorney's office was no longer inclined to try the case.

  1. Margaret Sanger (DVD). Princeton: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2005.