Birth Control Review

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Cover of Birth Control Review July 1919 with cartoon image by Lou Rogers, "Must She Always Plead in Vain?"
Cover of Birth Control Review February–March 1918 with cartoon image by Cornelia Barns, "The New Voter at Work."

Birth Control Review was a lay magazine established and edited by Margaret Sanger in 1917, three years after she coined the term "birth control" to describe voluntary motherhood or the ability of a woman to space children "in keeping with a family's financial and health resources.".[1] Sanger published the first issue while imprisoned with Ethel Byrne, her sister, and Fannie Mindell for giving contraceptives and instruction to poor women at the Brownsville Clinic in New York.[2][3] Sanger remained editor-in-chief until 1928, when she turned it over to the American Birth Control League[1] The last issue was published in January 1940.[4]


  1. ^ a b Lagerway, Mary D. (1999). "Nursing, social contexts, and ideologies in the early United States birth control movement". Nursing Inquiry 6 (4): 250–258. doi:10.1046/j.1440-1800.1999.00037.x. 
  2. ^ "Mrs. Sanger defies courts before 3,000". The New York Times. January 30, 1917. p. 4. 
  3. ^ "League backs up "Birth Control"". The Washington Post. February 12, 1917. p. 7. 
  4. ^ "Margaret Sanger Papers Project". New York University. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 

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