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Landmark case in the birth control fight in America...



Item # 647497

December 8, 1936

NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 8, 1936 

* Birth Control in America
* Margaret Sanger


Page 9 contains an article which reports on what was a landmark case in the birth control fight in America. The article has one column headings: "Physician Upheld On Birth Control" "Court Rules contraceptives May Be Imported for Use Under Doctor's Direction" "Mailing Them Is Legal" "Margaret Sanger Hails Decision as Clarifying Law That Blocked Medical Advice".
The article begins: "The Tariff Act of 1930 that prohibits the importation of contraceptives does not apply to articles received here for use under the direction of physicians for the purpose of preserving health..." with much more detail.
Wikipedia, in its lengthy piece on the history of birth controls, includes a report on this very decision of the court: "...Sanger precipitated a second legal breakthrough when she ordered a diaphragm from Japan in 1932, hoping to provoke a decisive battle in the courts. The diaphragm was confiscated by the U.S. government, and Sanger's subsequent legal challenge led to the 1936 One Package legal ruling by Judge Augustus Hand. His decision overturned an important provision of the anti-contraception laws that prohibited physicians from obtaining contraceptives. This court victory motivated the American Medical Association in 1937 to finally adopt contraception as a normal medical service and a core component of medical school curricula..." (see Wikipedia).
Complete in 52 pages, this is the "rag edition" printed on very high quality newsprint for institutional use. Great condition.

source (twoop): The U.S. Court of Appeals rules that physicians are exempt from the Comstock Law’s ban on the importation of birth control materials, giving them the right to prescribe and hand out contraceptives.

Category: The 20th Century

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