Birth Control (film)

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Birth Control
Birth Control (1917) - 1.jpg
Two page advertisement in the 30 March 1917 Variety
Produced by Margaret Sanger
Written by Margaret Sanger
Starring Margaret Sanger
B.S. Moss Motion Picture Corporation
Distributed by Message Photo-Play Co.
Release date
  • April 1917 (1917-04)
Running time
5 reels
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Birth Control (also known as The New World) is a lost[1] 1917 American documentary film produced by and starring Margaret Sanger and describing her family planning work. It was the first film banned under the 1915 ruling of the United States Supreme Court in Mutual Film Corporation v. Industrial Commission of Ohio,[2] which held that the exhibition of films did not constitute free speech.

The banning of Birth Control was upheld by the New York Court of Appeals on the grounds that a film on family planning may be censored "in the interest of morality, decency, and public safety and welfare."[3]

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  1. ^ American Silent Feature Film Survival Database:Birth Control
  2. ^ Mutual Film Corporation v. Industrial Commission of Ohio, 236 U.S. 230 (1915).
  3. ^ Message Photo-Play Co., Inc. V. Bell, Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Department. 179 App. Div. 13 (N.Y. App. Div. 1917).

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