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New York v. Sanger

Significance

This decision allowed doctors to advise their married patients about birth control for health purposes. Sanger later interpreted this ruling as grounds to start legal doctor-staffed birth control clinics in 1923.

Margaret Sanger was born Margaret Louise Higgins in Corning, New York on 14 September 1883, one of 11 surviving children. Believing her mother's 18 pregnancies caused her death at age 50, Sanger founded the American birth control movement--and went to jail at least nine times for her efforts. She lived to see birth control become a legal practice throughout the United States in 1965.

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