Saturday Night Social, Sponsored by Margaret Sanger

On this day in 1879, Margaret Sanger was born. She went on to do a whole lot to help American women secure more agency over their own reproductive systems (like open the first birth control clinic in the U.S., fight to give women access to safe abortions, and help legalize contraception, NO BIG DEAL), but you… » 9/14/13 6:30pm 9/14/13 6:30pm

Checkmate, Pro Choicers: Brilliant Satire or Seriously Awful?

Have you ever gotten into an abortion argument with an idiot on Facebook? Well, would you like to relive that argument in the form of a blog devoted to easily debunkable anti-abortion rights talking points? Then I bid you follow me, internet friend (or frenemy, or random stranger), to Checkmate, Pro-Choicers, a blog… » 6/05/12 3:20pm 6/05/12 3:20pm

Planned Parenthood: Herman Cain Has No Idea What He's Talking About

Earlier this month, people got a little confused about Herman Cain's stance on abortion, possibly because he isn't quite sure what his position is. In an interview with Piers Morgan, he indicated he might be willing to let women make choices about their own health, before realizing mid-sentence that that's crazy talk… » 10/31/11 9:50am 10/31/11 9:50am

5 Things We Didn't Know About Contraceptive History

In honor of the Pill's 50th anniversary, Time's Nancy Gibbs takes a look back at its history and influence. Her piece includes a couple of facts we were surprised to learn — including the origin of the condom. » 4/23/10 5:00pm 4/23/10 5:00pm

The Margaret Sanger Papers Project

Via Feminist Law Professors, Academics at NYU have been working on an archive of the work of Margaret Sanger, the early 20th century birth control advocate, and responding to New Jersey Republican Congressman Christopher Smith's misrepresentations of her work. » 8/25/09 6:00pm 8/25/09 6:00pm

On October 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger » 10/16/08 5:20pm 10/16/08 5:20pm opened America's first birth control clinic in Brooklyn. Within 9 days, the clinic was raided and Sanger was jailed for a month for "maintaining a public nuisance" and flouting the Comstock Act of 1873. Upon release, she reopened the future Planned Parenthood, and was arrested…