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The Origins of Birth Control

When you think of Birth Control, you should think of the impoverished Puerto Rican women in the town of Rio Piedras. Specifically, you should think of three young women, under 30, who lost their lives.



To fully understand the tragedy of these three women, you have to go back a bit, and look at these two women: Margaret Sanger and Katherine McCormick.



Margaret Sanger (left) was the pioneer of birth control in America (her first birth control clinic was opened by 1917), and Katherine McCormick (right) was her bankroller.


Who is Margaret Sanger? What was she like? Let’s look at some quotes.



"But for my view, I believe that there should be no more babies." —Interview with John Parsons, 1947


"The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." Woman and the New Race, Chapter 5, "The Wickedness of Creating Large Families." (1920)


"We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population..." —Letter to Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, December 10, 1939, p. 2


“The most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.” —Sanger, Margaret. (1921) The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda, Birth Control Review, p. 5


"No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit for parenthood." —Margaret Sanger, "America Needs a Code for Babies," Article 4, March 27, 1934.



So this is the woman who gave us oral birth control, and Katherine McCormick was the money behind it. McCormick is an important figure, because her goal was to see birth control developed in her lifetime. This is key: she wanted it developed, and she wanted it done FAST.


The two of them turned to two Harvard Professors, John Rock and Gregory Pincus.

Rock was in it to combat the gravest social ill as he saw it to be: overpopulation.

(John Rock claimed to be a devout Catholic until Humae Vitae came out against birth control. He then left the Faith.)



Pincus was different. This article in The Crimson characterizes him as a “Mad Scientist” with a “single-minded determination to get results.”



So, they develop a pill, but they don’t know if it works. In the 1950s, they tried to offer it to women in Boston, but the women kept dropping out. This lead to the infamous letter from McCormick to Sanger, “How can we get a cage full of ovulating females to experiment with?”


Enter Worcester State Hospital, a place for the mentally ill.



Rock selected 16 female mentally ill patients, fed them this untested pill WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT, then sliced into their uterus to see it’s effect.


They then moved on to San Juan in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Why here? According to Harvard history professor Gabriela Soto Laveaga, “The regulations were more lax, but also you had this belief that some people could be experimented on: the ‘feeble-minded,’ people of color, the poor,”


These women, largely uneducated, were not told it was a drug trial. Were not told it was an unapproved drug. Were not told it had possible side effects. Some were even operated on at the hands of their Mad Scientists.


  • 22% dropped out due to severe side effects

  • 17% complained of severe flu-like symptoms

  • 20-30% suffered from depression

And three women died during the trial, under the age of thirty, with no autopsies done. No efforts to see why. No red flags raised. All so McCormick could have her pill before she died and Sanger could push her racist, ableist, eugenics, anti-poor agenda under the guise of caring for women.


No one cared about the deaths, the side effects, the blood clots. The drug was approved by the FDA. The drug was put on the market, with ten times the amount of hormone necessary.


So, this is how you got your pill to have sex and no kids. It cost women their health and their happiness.


  • My question for you is, why are you taking this pill, if you claim to be in support of:

  • People with disabilities

  • People of all races

  • People in poverty

  • People in the womb

Not convinced? Let’s look at what the Feminists like Sanger and McCormick promised you (a wonderful compilation from Bob Sullivan):


Promised: less sexual frustration

Delivered: more porn, STDs, #MeToo, College Rape Culture, etc.


Promised: better marriages, fewer divorces

Delivered: at least triple the amount of divorce, declining marriage numbers


Promised: better child spacing

Delivered: higher infertility rates


Promised: fewer unwanted pregnancies

Delivered: over 60 M procured abortions since 1973 in the U.S.


Promised: more wanted babies

Delivered: overloaded foster care, more single parent homes than in the history of country, (5 to 40%)


Promised: fewer abortions

Delivered: over 60 M procured abortions since 1973 in the U.S.


Conclusion? They lied to you. The Feminists lied to you that this pill was pro-woman when they trampled women under foot to give it to you. The Protestant churches lied to you when they said it was okay. The people in the Pro-Life movement lied to you when they said it was okay (it kills babies by preventing implantation, separate thread to come). The lawmakers lied to you by overthrowing the Comstock Act, using the FDA to push it through, and now pushing it on schools and organizations.

You have been lied to, and it’s time to wake up. #DitchThePill


Next, check out Can You Be Pro-Life and on the Pill?


SOURCES & MORE INFO

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/9/28/the-bitter-pill/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/05/09/guinea-pigs-or-pioneers-how-puerto-rican-women-were-used-to-test-the-birth-control-pill/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.5c640264c0aa

https://www.history.com/news/birth-control-pill-history-puerto-rico-enovid

https://www.mic.com/articles/113022/the-dark-history-of-birth-control-that-you-haven-t-heard

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/pill-puerto-rico-pill-trials/

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/pill-dr-john-rock-1890-1984/

https://www.tfpstudentaction.org/blog/margaret-sanger-quotes

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/gregory-pincus-1903-1967/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaRYb-gcs6U&t=3008s

 

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