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March for Women's Lives
The Sanger Family marched for women's lives on April 25, 2004. I don't recall that my grandmother ever staged a march for birth control. She often was marched to and from police stations, but she never staged a march on Washington.

This is how low the reproductive rights fortunes have sunk that we have to march for our rights 31 years after Roe and 39 years after Griswold. That these decisions are still subject to debate shows that we have failed in our most basic task to explain to the American people why reprodcutive freedom is as important as our other freedoms and why those freedoms should be found within the definition of "liberty" in the 5th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution.

It was so heartening to see so many young people in the crowd, including 3 of my grandmother's great-grandchildren. They will carry on.

There were proportionately more men in the anti-choice crowd than in the pro-choice marchers. There were a few brave marchers carrying Pro-choice Republican signs. The furure of reproductive freedom is nor just in the hands of the marchers and the Democratic Party; it is in the hands of the Republican Party and of men. As long as the couintry is divided, and men and women are divided, reproductive freedom will be a political shuttlecock to be battled from side to side, with women gaining and losing freedom when administrations change.

The anger at President Bush in the crowd was palpable. While the March was supposed to be non-partisan, it ended up being highly partisan.

I spoke at a pre-rally in Dupont Circle on Friday April 23. I told the crowd that they were the only thing standing between Roe and the criminalization of abortion. We have to make it unacceptable and unthinkable for any politician or judge to vote for criminalization. Hopefully politicians of both parties will get the message in November. It's up to us.

Photo of the D.C. March

Photo of the D.C. March

Photo of the D.C. March

Photo of the D.C. March

Photo of the D.C. March

Photo of the D.C. March

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Op-Ed in the San Francisco Chronicle
My Op-Ed from yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle:
Senate is no protection for abortion rights
Bush could make a recess appointment to Supreme Court

Many voters who call themselves pro-choice, believe abortion should remain legal and hope Roe vs. Wade will remain the law of the land plan to vote for President Bush in November despite his opposition to Roe.

These voters may think the president won't appoint a justice to the Supreme Court who would vote to overturn Roe, or that if he tried, Senate Democrats would filibuster the nomination as they have for several of Bush's more radical appointees.

Bush's recent recess appointments of Mississippi Judge Charles W. Pickering and Alabama Attorney General William H. Pryor Jr. to federal circuit courts should serve as a reality check to these voters.
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Recent Articles
From the Palm Beach Daily News:
Sanger: Pro-choice stance stale

When it comes to opinions about abortion, Americans are locked in time, according to Alex Sanger.

Sanger, chairman of the International Planned Parenthood Council and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund, told members of the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition of Florida Wednesday that pro-choice advocates must frame their arguments better to get greater public support.

"The Gallup Poll taken a couple of months ago is identical to the Gallup Poll taken in January 1975," Sanger said during his talk at the Heart of Palm Beach Hotel.
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From the Salt Lake Tribune:
RSVP: National Ability Center, Planned Parenthood prepare for future

Reproductive rights advocate and author Alexander Sanger, grandson of Margaret Sanger whose first birth control clinic opened in 1916, provided insight about the importance of family planning to human survival -- "If a mother dies in childbirth [because of medical complications], not only is the baby likely to die, but the other children in the family are at risk."
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From the Idaho Mountain Express:
"Beyond Choice" examines morality of reproductive issues

Abortion continues to be a hot button issue on the political front, with renewed emphasis this election year.

Dismayed by the issue's stalemate, Sanger explains in the book that advocates of pro-choice and pro-life are simply not on the same page. He says it's crucial to shape a conversation about the morality and immorality of reproductive freedoms.
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Alexander Sanger
Alexander C. Sanger, the grandson of Margaret Sanger, who founded the birth control movement over eighty years ago, is currently Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council.
Mr. Sanger previously served as the President of Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) and its international arm, The Margaret Sanger Center International (MSCI) for ten years from 1991 - 2000.

Mr. Sanger speaks around the country and the world and has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.

Beyond Choice
Beyond Choice
The new book by Alexander Sanger published by PublicAffairs

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With reproductive freedom in jeopardy, Alexander Sanger, grandson of renowned family planning advocate Margaret Sanger and a longtime leader in the reproductive rights movement, has taken an urgent, fresh look at the pro-choice position—and even the pro-life position—and finds them necessary, but insufficient. In Beyond Choice he offers the first major re-thinking of these positions in thirty years.

“Well researched and readable, Beyond Choice should be required reading for both pro-choice and pro-life supporters.”
—Governor Christine Todd Whitman


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