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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 16, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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MRS. SANGER EXPLAINS CAUSE
OF CASES LIKE LAMBERT-ORPET
"Thousands of beautiful young
girls reading the newspaper stories
about the case of Marian Lambert
and Will Orpet are asking themselves
why any girl crossing the line into
young womanhood should be denied
scientific Knowledge that will prevent
pain.
"One of the Chicago newspapers
has accused me of preaching nation
wide practice of abortion. My an
swer is that already there are over
250,000 abortions each year in this
country and 50,000 girls and women
dying directly from results of abor
tion. Nation-wide abortion is not a
condition to come. It is already
here."
These were declarations of Mar
garet Sanger, birth control advocate,
on leaving Chicago for Indianapolis,
where she spoke yesterday be
fore the national conference of char
ities ana corrections, uunng two
weeks in Chicago Mrs. faanger nas
received letters from 4,300 persons,
mostly- young married women, who
ask for birth control information.
Some of the letters were from des
perate homes, where the wife says
more children in the family will
mean less to eat and weaf for the
children already arrived. "
"I can understand perfectly why
the newspapers should fill their col
"umns with stories of the Orpet-Lam-bert
case," said Mrs. Sanger. "It is
an elemental story with love, vio
lence and mystery.
"If newspapers should make it a
practice to print all the facts of the
community relating to birth control
all the terrible facts in every case
"that comes to light it would be easy
to establish clinics in every, com
munity for giving scientific knowl
edge to girls and women who wish
to stop the coming of unwelcome
babies. Every city has its stories of
the babies not wanted, but the truth
about these babies is terrible reading-
"I am reliably informed that there
is a record in the coroner's office in
Cook county of a case which illus
trates my point. xThe inquest was
over the body of a woman who had
four" children. In her attempt to -get
rid of the fifth child, an unborn
child, she killed herself.
"Her husband was the chief wit
ness at the inquest He slated that
he was employed by Sears, Roebuck
& Co. as a shipping clerk. His wages
were $13.50 a week. On these
wages it was hard for the family to
i pay the food, rent and fuel bills of
the house, and the woman told her '
husband she simply must not have
another baby because it would be
taking food from the mouths of
others. By what law of God or man
does anybody say a woman under
these conditions shall not have ac
cess to knowledge of how to stop
more "babies from coming to her un
derfed family?
"More than 10,000 young unmar
ried mothers come to Chicago each
year and leave in the hospitals and
foundling homes of Chicago babies
not wanted, babies not wished for. I
amtold that this figure of TO.OOO is a
conservative estimate and that offi
cials of the Curran commission on
state charitable institutions stated
at the opening of their inquiry that
there are probably more than 15,000
unmarried mothers who come to Chi
cago each year.
"The actual figures of this point
would be of help to the birth control
movement. They would convince
doubters of the extent to which birth
control is now already in practice to
the profit of quack doctors and shady
maternity homes and with pain and
anguish to young women and girls,"
victims of ignorance."
Washington. Three Americans
held imprisoned at Acaupulco in con
nection with burning of American
schooner Mariscal several weeks ago
off Acapulco, released, according to
navy department message.

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