Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Margaret Sanger: Anti-Abortion Founder of Planned Parenthood

She was a eugenicist.  A promoter of birth control for minorities.  Margaret Sanger was Anti-Life and yet ironically, strongly Anti-Abortion.

At a time when the Nazis were rising to power, Margaret Sanger was promulgating her beliefs on the necessity of birth control and was calling for a systemic use of eugenic policy to deal with social and political problems.  Minority groups and the poor that bred indiscriminately and were unable to raise their children properly should have access to birth control - in this case, contraceptives.  For those who were 'feeble-minded' or struggled with mental illnesses, Sanger strongly advocated sterilization.  In addition, Sanger set up birth control clinics in impoverished areas in an effort to begin controlling the population, and founded the American Birth Control League, later known as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Here's an excerpt from Planned Parenthood on their organisation's founder:

"Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, is one of the movement's great heroes. Sanger's early efforts remain the hallmark of Planned Parenthood's mission..."

In 1996 they inaugurated the Margaret Sanger Award which they have given many times to different 'human rights' champions.  

The above is what we are told regularly by pro-lifers.

What Planned Parenthood isn't telling us is that Sanger was overtly anti-abortion, and spoke against the 'hundreds of thousands of abortions' that were happening every year in America in her lifetime:

"While there are cases where even the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization." - (Woman and the New Race (1920) titled "Contraceptives or Abortion?)

In another place, explaining her 1916 views on opposing abortion in her 1938 autobiography, she says:

"To each group we explained what contraception was; that abortion was the wrong wayno matter how early it was performed it was taking life; that contraception was the better way, the safer way—it took a little time, a little trouble, but was well worth while in the long run, because life had not yet begun."

Margaret Sanger's views on birth control are celebrated by Planned Parenthood.  However, her statements on the hundreds of thousands of children being killed by abortion as being 'a disgrace' has not been reflected in the actions of Planned Parenthood since the years it was founded.  

The fact that Margaret Sanger, a eugenicist and racist, was strongly convinced by science that abortion was immoral and a disgrace because it took human lives makes me wonder - what is it that a staunch advocate of eugenics could grasp, and our society can not understand?  That a foetus is undoubtedly a baby, and that aborting it is taking away its right to life.

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