FOUNDER OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD / MINORITY EUGENICS

Margaret Sanger (1883-1966)

 

Margaret Sanger, the alcoholic and Demerol addict, who spawned the International Planned Parenthood Federation, was a proponent of forced eugenics, segregation, abortion, birth control and sexual immorality. Here are some of her quotes.

In Her Own Words:
“The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” 
Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race 
(Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

On mandatory sterilization of the poor:
One of Sanger’s greatest influences, sexologist/eugenicist Dr. Havelock Ellis (with whom she had an affair, leading to her divorce from her first husband), urged mandatory sterilization of the poor as a prerequisite to receiving any public aid. The Problem of Race Regeneration, by Havelock Ellis, p. 65, in Margaret Sanger: Father of Modern Society, p. 18. Ellis believed that any sex was acceptable, as long as it hurt no one. The Sage of Sex, A Life of Havelock Ellis, by Arthur Calder-Marshall, p. 88

 

On eradicating ‘bad stocks’:
The goal of eugenicists is “to prevent the multiplication of bad stocks,” wrote Dr. Ernst Rudin in the April 1933 Birth Control Review (of which Sanger was editor). Another article exhorted Americans to “restrict the propagation of those physically, mentally and socially inadequate.”

 

On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
“…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”  Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people.

 

On sterilization & racial purification:
Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial “purification,” couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.

 

On the right of married couples to bear children:
Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child, she wrote in her “Plan for Peace.” Birth Control Review, April 1932

 

On the purpose of birth control:
The purpose in promoting birth control was “to create a race of thoroughbreds,” she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

 

On the rights of the handicapped and mentally ill, and racial minorities:
“More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control.” Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12

 

Sanger featured in Life magazine, 1937, "Margaret Sanger celebrates Birth Control Victory."

 
CONCEPTS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD TODAY:
“If you are 14, 15 or 16 and you come to Planned Parenthood, we won’t tell your parents you’ve been there. We swear we won’t tell your parents.” 
“We are not going to be an organization promoting celibacy or chastity.” 
Faye Wattleton, President,  Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 17, 1986 
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“If your parents are stupid enough to deny you access to birth control, and you are under 18, you can get it on your own. Call Planned Parenthood.” 
Planned Parenthood advertisement, Dallas Observer, Jan. 30, 1986 
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“There are only 2 basic kinds of sex: sex with victims and sex without. Sex with victims is always wrong. Sex without is ALWAYS right.” 
You’ve Changed The Combination, Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, Denver, Colo. 
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“The question of whether or not to sell ourselves to men is a false one: The real question is how to sell ourselves in the way that is least destructive to ourselves and our sisters. Prostitutes don’t need our condescension. What they need is our alliance. And we need theirs.” 
The New Our Bodies, Ourselves, Boston Women’s Health Collective, p 113 
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“Sex is too important to glop up with sentiment. If you feel sexy, for heaven’s sake admit it to yourself. If the feeling and the tension bother you, you can masturbate. Masturbation cannot hurt you and it will make you feel more relaxed.” 
The Perils of Puberty, Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, Denver, Colo. 
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“At Planned Parenthood you can also get birth control without the consent or knowledge of your parents. So, if you are 14, 15 or 16 and you come to Planned Parenthood, we won’t tell your parents you’ve been there. We swear we won’t tell your parents.” 
Planned Parenthood employee lecturing students of Ramona High School, Riverside, Calif., April 21-22, 1986

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  1. margaret sanger was a product of her times and training(socialization) and those influences were not what we consider politically appropriate today, nor acceptable bases for social policy…that said planned parenthood offers women choice and control over their bodies including birth control. breast health, pap smears and HIV testing

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