In 1916, Sanger opened her first birth control clinic at 46 Amboy Street in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, where she, her sister Ethel, and a team of nurses distributed condoms and Mizpah pessaries (flexible rubber caps that were commonly sold in drug stores as a “womb support”but in reality functioned similarly to a diaphragm or cervical cap). The pamphlets advertising the clinic, printed in English, Yiddish, and Italian, read:
Can you afford to have a large family? Do you want any more children?
If not, why do you have them?
DO NOT KILL, DO NOT TAKE LIFE, BUT PREVENT
Safe, Harmless Information can be obtained at 46 AMBOY STREET.