American Birth Control League Is Founded

1921

At the First American Birth Control Conference in New York City, Margaret Sanger, a feminist and family planning activist, announces the creation of the American Birth Control League. The organization works to educate women and the medical and scientific communities about contraceptives and advocates in state legislatures for safe, accessible birth control, including the establishment of local clinics and counseling services. The organization will evolve into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942.