Same battles rage on 100 years after first U.S. birth control clinic

Alexander Sanger, Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council poses for a photo outside of where his Grandmother Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic 100 years ago, in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) – Outside the crumbling Brooklyn building where the first U.S. birth control clinic opened 100 years ago, Alexander Sanger reflected on the move that landed his grandmother in jail and fueled a controversy over women's reproductive rights that has raged ever since. "This is where it all started," said the grandson of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger in his first visit to the Brownsville, Brooklyn, site where she started her clinic in 1916. "She threw down the gauntlet and said, 'Preventing women from contraception is inhumane,'" said Sanger, 68, chairman of the International Planned Parenthood Council and a former president of Planned Parenthood New York City.



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