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Family Limitation   By: (1883-1966)

Family Limitation by Margaret Sanger

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Sixth Edition



There is no need for any one to explain to the working men and women in America what this pamphlet is written for or why it is necessary that they should have this information. They know better than I could tell them, so I shall not try.

I have tried to give the knowledge of the best French and Dutch physicians translated into the simplest English, that all may easily understand.

There are various and numerous mechanical means of prevention which I have not mentioned here, mainly because I have not come into personal contact with those who have used them or could recommend them as entirely satisfactory.

I feel there is sufficient information given here, which, if followed, will prevent a woman from becoming pregnant unless she desires to do so.

If a woman is too indolent to wash and cleanse herself, and the man too selfish to consider the consequences of the act, then it will be difficult to find a preventive to keep the woman from becoming pregnant.

Of course, it is troublesome to get up to douche, it is also a nuisance to have to trouble about the date of the menstrual period. It seems inartistic and sordid to insert a pessary or a suppository in anticipation of the sexual act. But it is far more sordid to find yourself several years later burdened down with half a dozen unwanted children, helpless, starved, shoddily clothed, dragging at your skirt, yourself a dragged out shadow of the woman you once were.

Don't be over sentimental in this important phase of hygiene. The inevitable fact is that unless you prevent the male sperm from entering the womb, you are going to become pregnant. Women of the working class, especially wage workers, should not have more than two children at most. The average working man can support no more and the average working woman can take care of no more in decent fashion. It has been my experience that more children are not really wanted, but that the women are compelled to have them either from lack of foresight or through ignorance of the hygiene of preventing conception.

It is only the workers who are ignorant of the knowledge of how to prevent bringing children in the world to fill jails and hospitals, factories and mills, insane asylums and premature graves.

The working women can use direct action by refusing to supply the market with children to be exploited, by refusing to populate the earth with slaves.

It is also the one most direct method for you working women to help yourself today .

Pass on this information to your neighbor and comrade workers. Write out any of the following information which you are sure will help her, and pass it along where it is needed. Spread this important knowledge!

The Small Family System: Is it Injurious or Immoral? by Dr. C. V. Drysdale. B. W. Huebsch, New York City.

The Problem of Race Regeneration, by Havelock Ellis, Moffat, Yard & Co., New York City.

The Task of Social Hygiene, by Havelock Ellis. Houghton Mifflin & Co., Boston, Mass.

The Limitation of Offspring by the Prevention of Conception, by Dr. Wm. J. Robinson, Critic & Guide Co., New York City.

"What Every Girl Should Know" by Margaret Sanger.

Paper cover, 25 cents. Cloth cover, 50 cents.

"What Every Mother Should Know" by Margaret Sanger.

Paper cover, 25 cents. Cloth cover, 50 cents.

The above are obtainable from Max Maisel, 424 Grand Street, New York City.

"The Birth Control Review" Edited by Margaret Sanger.

One Dollar a Year

104 Fifth Ave., New York City.


Every woman who is desirous of preventing conception will follow this advice:

Don't wait to see if you do not menstruate (monthly sickness) but make it your duty to see that you do .

If you are due to be "sick" on the eighth of August, do not wait until the eighth to see, but begin as early as the fourth to take a good laxative for the bowels, and continue this each night until the eighth... Continue reading book >>

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