The Story of the Birth Control Movement
“And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?” Exodus 4:11
When people comment on our large family, my wife and I have nine children, many times I hear remarks like “Have you ever heard of Birth Control?” The answer is yes I have heard of the term, but do you know how it came about and how it is a direct attack on Christianity?
The term Birth Control was coined by a woman named Margaret Higgins Sanger (1879-1966). She was the founder of Planned Parenthood. It is through her life story that we find the reason for birth control and the Pill that is used by most women today.
Margaret Higgins was the sixth of eleven children. Her mother died from Tuberculosis. Margaret believed that her mother died as a result of having so many children. Even on the day of the funeral she blamed her father by saying “You caused this, Mother is dead from having too many children.” It was later found that her mother’s death was not connected to her having children.
Sanger’s father was a socialist and a free thinker, a person who thinks outside of the ideal of a Creator concept. Even though Margaret was bitter at her father, she in years would become just like him, thus proving that we become like those we are bitter towards.
Later Margaret married Mr. Sanger and had three children. She trained as a nurse and worked to help women who were poor and were, in her judgment having too many children and were trying to abort their pregnancies. She eventually would devote her entire life to the area of promoting Birth Control.
Sanger later would divorce her husband, leave her children and embark on her quest for women’s liberation. Her beliefs included:
1. She had a deep rooted bitterness towards Christianity - This was due to the fact that her life goals were in direct conflict with biblical principals. Many of her supporters that were in high places were instrumental in removing any influence of Christianity from public schools with the help of the ACLU. She considered marriage an abomination and an assault on human liberty.
2. She was a strong advocate and practitioner of free love - She felt that she and all women married or not had the right to have an intimate relationship with any person they wished. She herself, committed adultery on many occasions. One of her flames was H.G. Wells
3. She promoted the idea of parenthood licenses - She believed that no one should be permitted to have a child unless they first obtain a government-approved parenthood permit.
4. One of her close friends was John Dewey - Dewey, who was considered the Father of Progressive Education, which is still in use today. Dewey signed the Humanist Manifesto in 1932. Its first declaration was against the ideal of creation or a creator. It was philosophies such as these that caused the Bible to lose its influence in our society.
5. She promoted the belief of sterilization - which included: doing away with those who she felt were dumb or had handicaps.
In 1939, Margaret Sanger wrote Clarence Gamble telling him to hire "three or four colored ministers with engaging personalities...we do not want word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it occurs to any of their more rebellious members".
When Sanger started her movement she was promoting ideals that were against the law, mainly the Comstock laws of 1873. The Comstock laws were designed to protect people from the influence of pornography. The wording in the Birth Control literature influenced many to immoral actions, just like today in the area of pornography. When the Comstock law went into effect it greatly reduced vice crimes.
Sanger rebelled against authority and held laws in contempt and saw that when her ideals violated the law she would state “The way to change a law is to break it” In July 1915, Sanger wrote a speech concerning the influence of the church:
There is no doubt in the minds of thinking people that the influence of the Church in America has gradually been declining since the days of Robert Ingersoll (a disciple of Darwin) and that today, as a power, it has almost entirely collapsed. But the relentless war which Ingersoll waged against the Church and the present-day power of Comstock are somewhat connected: the Church feeling its power going from it, through Ingersoll's influence, grasped at the straw held out to it by the Government, called the "Comstock laws." These were passed in 1873, and prohibit the sending f any matter through the mails which, in the opinion of Anthony Comstock, the Postal Authorities choose to call "obscene."
Sanger saw that the church was a powerful influence in our country. In one of Sanger’s magazines, “Woman Rebel”, she told the working woman of her day that a large family is one of the greatest obstacles in the way to obtain economic freedom for her class. If Sanger’s mother had followed her advice, Margaret would have never been born, for she was the sixth child. This was considered a great burden. Society looked to wealth and not wisdom for security. Maybe that is why Solomon did not ask for wealth but for wisdom when God said he would give him anything he asked. (I Kings 3:5-14)
Sanger’s basic belief was that a woman’s body was her own and she had the right to do with it as her own. How sad that most Christian women today have followed her ways and not realize it.
Lets not forget God’s warning in Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” This is our reminder that ignorance is no excuse. If only we could remember I Corinthians 6:19 & 20 “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price therefore Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Sanger’s influence concerning the size of Families
During the beginning of the twentieth century the average number of children was nine. Sanger’s godless propaganda eventually influenced the baby boomers children to bear fewer children.
In 1968, two years after Sanger died, 41% of Americans polled wanted four or more children, and by 1971 the percentage had dropped to 19%. Today, the average number of children per family is less than two. One article that recently came out warned of a economic problem in the next generation because there will be less people which will greatly effect this nation. To maintain world population each woman must have 2.1 children. This last generation is less. Remember, God tells mankind to replenish the earth. There has not been a recall on that verse yet.
Many women that I have known who have gone to college have returned with the ideal that we are over populated and have decided to have one or no children. This is not to say women are targeted to false philosophies because men are affected as well.
One professed Christian couple decided to have no children because they felt that the world was too evil. Again this was brought on by false philosophies that are being taught by our society. If only God’s people would develop a philosophy based on God’s word instead of man.
Note: The world’s population could easily fit within the area of the city limits of Jacksonville Florida.
The only way our society will change for the good is when God’s people stop buying into the lies of our day and start putting God’s principals in their lives. That comes by taking any subject and seeing what God says about it, not taking what man says no matter how good it sounds.
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12
He that walketh (what they do in life) with wise men shall be wise. Proverbs 13:20
How does anyone get to heaven?
First realize that they cannot get to heaven on their own merits. The Bible says that “For all have sinned and come short (that means everybody can’t get to Heaven on their own) of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Jesus Christ (who is the Son of the living God) came to earth and was born of a virgin woman (therefore he was not born of the curse of mankind) he lived a sinless life and died on a cross for all the sins in the world. Three days later, God the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of 500 witnesses and returned to heaven. God’s word says that if we believe these things and call upon the Lord, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 - 13