Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPF) and its international arm (IPPF) dates its beginning to Oct. 16, 1916, when Margaret Sanger opened her first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York.

Sanger who was a member of the American Eugenics Society had three basic philosophies that are still active within Planned Parenthood today:

1. A desire for uninhibited sexual activity;

2. An aversion to large families, which led her to champion birth control – including abortion – to avoid the natural result of sexual activity;

3. A determination to prevent the birth of so called “defectives,” which led to her stating in her 1932 Plan for Peace that persons from “dysgenic groups” should be given their choice of sterilization or confinement on a farm for the rest of their lives.

Planned Parenthood has been actively spreading these philosophies for nearly one hundred years.

See extracts from Margaret Sanger's article, "The Eugenic Birth Control Propaganda,"

 Margaret Sanger's article, "The Eugenic Birth Control Propaganda," printed in Birth Control Review, Oct. 1921, page 5. "Eugenics is [...] the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems."
Then there's this quote: "As an advocate of birth control I wish ... to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the 'unfit' and the 'fit,' admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation [...] On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective."

One of the major differences between the Planned Parenthood of today and that of Margaret Sanger's time is that Sanger was upfront about her disregard for the unborn, while IPPF and its allies hide behind the language of "choice" and “rights” in order to disguise the ugly reality of what they are about.

This campaign has been successful. Many women proclaim a woman's "right to choose," without giving much thought to the reality behind the choice. In the abortion debate the choice is a terminal one, whether a baby will live or die.