Correspondence Concerning the Legality of Contraceptives in America

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Correspondence Concerning the Legality of Contraceptives in America


Birth Control--Attitudes
Birth Control--Government Policy
Birth Control--U.S. States
Obscenity (Laws)--U.S. States


A memo directed toward the American Birth Control League from a lawyer answering an inquiring about the selling and mailing of contraceptives by those that are not physicians. The lawyer confirmed that it was illegal to do so, and contraceptives were only to be obtained through prescription from a physician.


H.F. P.


1932-07-20 or 1938-07-20






Paper correspondence with typed and pencil lettering, 12X8 inches


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Container 198.8, Item Title: Series II, Legal Cases and Causes, General Correspondence 1937-1938, American Birth Control League. Collection: Morris Leopold Ernst Papers, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin.

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Re: American Birth Control League
On Wednesday, July 20, one of the employees of the American Birth Control League called to ask our opinion about the following matter: a co-operative league somewhere on 16th Street which buys products and then sells them to its members is desirous of buying contraceptive products and selling them to its members by mail or across the counter in its New York shop. I advised the League that sales and mailing of contraceptives except upon the prescription or direction of physicians was illegal under both State and Federal law.
Noted A.L.

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H.F. P. , “Correspondence Concerning the Legality of Contraceptives in America,” Subverting Silence: Uplifting Marginalized Conversations, accessed August 13, 2022,

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