CHOICES OF THE HEART: THE MARGARET SANGER STORY is the dramatic story of public heroism, personal passion, and the private sacrifice of one woman's historic fight to promote family planning and sex education in the early part of this century.
New York City, 1914. Modern progress confronts the oppressive prohibitions of the past. Moral crusaders enforce rigid laws banning "obscene" materials--including literature on safe sex and family planning. The result: desperate women with too little money and too many children risking their lives to end unwanted pregnancies.
Working as a nurse in New York's poorest neighborhoods, Margaret Sanger (Dana Delany, CHINA BEACH) boldly fights to end this epidemic of ignorance. However, zealots led by the formidable Anthony Comstock (Rod Steiger, ON THE WATERFRONT), Chairman of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, are determined to stop her rebellious campaign.
Facing prison--and making headlines--for daring to voice her opinions, Sanger is forced to part with her loving husband (Henry Czerny, THE ICE STORM) and three children, and flee the country. Yet, public support for her becomes so strong that she overcomes the attacks of her puritanical opponents.