Today in Feminist History: Support for Birth Control Doctors and Nurses (April 19, 1929)

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April 19, 1929: Outrageous as the April 15th raid on the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau may have been, it was quite gratifying to see that it caused 500 people to come to the Jefferson Market Courthouse in Greenwich Village this morning to show their support for the two doctors and three nurses who were arrested. 

PHOTO: The Jefferson Market Courthouse, the building with the clock tower at the far right.

Defense committees composed of prominent individuals have been formed in both New York and New Jersey, and the sight of so many well-known and well-respected individuals filling the seats in the courtroom shows how far the movement to fully decriminalize birth control has come in just over a decade and a half. This kind of outpouring of support certainly bodes well for the future of the cause.

Today’s preliminary hearing was quite brief, lasting only about 40…

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