Tuesday, September 14, 2010

On September 14

On this day in ...
... 1936, in Eastview (now Vanier), Ontario, Canada, Dorothea Palmer (left), "a twenty-eight-year-old social worker and part owner of a bookstore" employed as a nurse, was arrested for disseminating information about birth control and contraceptive devices to a poor, Roman Catholic family. She would be acquitted after a lengthy trial; the decision "overruled religious and medical objections to the dissemination of birth control information." Rex v. Palmer led to the legalizing of such distribution. (credit for undated photo)

(Prior September 14 posts are here, here, and here.)

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