Margaret Sanger, who would have been 136 years old today, would no doubt be shocked to learn we are still fighting the battle for reproductive rights, or that she has become a pawn in this endless battle. As Imani Gandy point out in her recent, excellent Reality Check article (http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2015/08/20/false-narratives-margaret-sanger-used-shame-black-women/) notes that as “anti-choice fanatics seem utterly incapable of making an honest argument that Black women should be forced into childbirth rather than permitted to make their own decisions about what to do with their bodies, they resort to lies, misinformation, and half-truths about Sanger and the organization she founded.”
Yet we could not have come even this far without the dedication, spirit and the willingness of Margaret Sanger to dedicate her life to make certain that all women would have access to effective and readily available contraceptive knowledge and tools. She knew the extent of the struggle and understood that success would be achieved quickly or easily. But she was guided by determination. “We must unite in the task of creating an instrument of steel, strong but supple,” she wrote, “if we are to triumph finally in the war for human emancipation.” (Pivot of Civilization, 1922).