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When did Planned Parenthood cease being a eugenic organization?
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Posted on 07/16/2012 8:31:08 AM PDT by ProgressingAmerica

The history of Margaret Sanger's eugenic views are in a general sense well known, so I don't want to spend any more time detailing that here than I have to. But with regards to this a few things are important and need to be outlined:

First, what Planned Parenthood(PP) themselves call "The Sanger Years". She founded it, and ran the show. They're clearly proud of this.

Second, PP's roots in the group called The "American Birth Control League".(ABCL) What was the ABCL all about? On page 277 of Margaret Sanger's book Pivot of Civilization, she spells it out quite clearly. Note that under the "aims" section, the following department is listed:

STERILIZATION of the insane and feebleminded and the encouragement of this operation upon those afflicted with inherited or transmissible diseases, with the understanding that sterilization does not deprive the individual of his or her sex expression, but merely renders him incapable of producing children.

While the word "eugenics" is not used in this specific section of the book(it is in others), the concepts of "building a better race" and sterilization are classic eugenic proposals. (and yes, she does mean compulsory sterilization)

To put this plainly, the The American Birth Control League was a eugenic organization.

And third, a decade after publishing "Pivot", Sanger published an article titled "America Needs a Code for Babies in which she detailed what her "American Baby Code" would look like. This one specifically:

Article 8. Feeble-minded persons, habitual congenital criminals, those afflicted with inheritable disease, and others found biologically unfit by authorities qualified judge should be sterilized or, in cases of doubt, should be so isolated as to prevent the perpetuation of their afflictions by breeding.

Certain words jump out at you when you read that, and in in part 3 her interview with Mike Wallace, she says very familiar things: (2 minutes 35 seconds)

Wallace: Do you believe there is such a thing as sin?
Sanger: I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world (PAUSE) that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically. Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they are born. That to me is the greatest sin that people can commit.

Now, if you watched the video, you'll see why I highlighted the awkward pause. (And watch the look on her face. She knows she messed up in that pause. Also, notice how she constantly looks down her nose at her interviewer.) The more you've read of Sanger's own words, the more you know that what she said before the pause is the most honest answer. But as to the whole highly qualified comment, she never gave up on eugenics until the day she died. She just changed her language a bit.

Moving on from Sanger, her replacement within PP who was also a believer in eugenics, Alan Guttmacher. What's even more interesting is that around the time that Sanger left PP another would be successor was floating around, William Vogt. Another strong believer in eugenics. I'm sure some people will scratch their heads and ask "why does birth control attract eugenicists like bees to honey"?

The best answer to that may be going back to one of the founders of the American Eugenics Society(The group Guttmacher was vice president of), Frederick Osborn, who stated in the 70's that "Birth control and abortion are turning out to be great eugenic advances of our time" . This should again only further serve to leave most people scratching their heads. I say "should", because how many people (besides myself of course) sit around reading old issues of Birth Control Review?(BCR) Very, very few I'm sure. But if you want to understand progressivism, you have to read progressives. That's just how this works.

Note that searching in that link to BCR the following words are used so many times: "Malthus", 23 times. "Population", 98 times. And "Malthusian", 78 times.(this does not appear to replicate "Malthus") So long ago, a decade at least before the creation of PP, birth control advocates had long joined the doctrines of overpopulation, eugenics, and all the rest of it into one common cause. For those who don't know, Thomas R Malthus is the one who popularized all the fearmongering about population.

You can also see it if you look at who they've given their awards to, and for what reasons.

William H Draper, was a big time funder of eugenic organizations in the 30's, Draper and Hugh Moore(another eugenicist with PP) popularized the phrase "population bomb" (Alt. link, search for 'draper'), and was Chairman of a group called the "Population Crisis Committee"(PCC), which (if you've been a reader of mine for a while) you'll note that PCC laundered itself. It gave itself a new name, Population Action International. This is what progressives always do. They don't give up on what they believe in, they just change the label. He got the award for "his singular contribution during the past decade to the mobilization of public awareness and government action to resolve the world population crisis". Notice the evolution of the argument as a whole. Eugenics is never officially abandoned, instead new titles are simply used.

Here is what appears to be an entire list of award recipients. "Population" is there 35 times.(some replicated within the same names/recipients)

Going back to Osborn's comment, Wikipedia states that this comment was made following the decision of Roe v Wade. I've often been distrusting of Wikipedia, but it is double footnoted. It seems that the Eugenics society was already in the process of a name change by the time Wade was decided, but it's still rather coincidental that the actual decision specifically lists "population" as a part of the court's reasoning.

In addition, population growth, pollution, poverty, and racial overtones tend to complicate and not to simplify the problem.

But where are we today? Has Planned Parenthood ever specifically rebuked eugenics itself? Have they ever commented on the evolution of eugenics into overpopulation and birth control? They fervently defend Margaret Sanger, they openly reference BCR. I doubt they want people going and reading it though, one article titled "Large Families and Human Waste" quite plainly states that eugenics makes birth control imperative.

While I don't know of any rebuking of eugenics from PP, there is the Jaffe Memo, which puts a notch down as late as the early 1970's.(as well as the award to William Draper Jr.) I had initially thought that the Jaffe Memo was fake, until I ran across this blog posting which tracks down some of the sources behind it. Searching both PP's website as well as the website for Population Council, you see that these two organizations are very friendly with each other. And why not? Both take issue with so called overpopulation that's long been in the eugenic DNA. As late as 2006 they were giving Sanger Awards for the issue of population. With birth control having been so infused with eugenics and intertwined with overpopluation over the last century, it's likely that to this day PP remains a eugenic organization. They were clearly founded that way, and for a long time their leadership was derived from a eugenic heritage.

I realize how politicized the issue of birth control has gotten over the years, so I'm going to end this posting as sharp as I can for those who are supporters of causes such as this:

I didn't type this to get at the issue of birth control. I'm looking at these dishonest and shady groups/individuals. Birth control existed long before eugenics did, but that the issue was hijacked cannot be ignored. If your immediate response to this is to take an indignant response based on a comfort zone of your views of birth control, while at the same time you aren't prepared to move outside your comfort zone and give a discourse about eugenics or the discredited notion of the population bomb, I would like to know if you even read a word that I just typed?


TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: eugenics; plannedparenthood; pp; progressingamerica; prolife

1 posted on 07/16/2012 8:31:16 AM PDT by ProgressingAmerica
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To: ProgressingAmerica

Something that never happened in the first place can’t cease happening.


2 posted on 07/16/2012 8:31:53 AM PDT by Capn Freedom
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To: foundedonpurpose; Silentgypsy; skinkinthegrass; RichardMoore; Little Ray; Madame Dufarge; ...
If anybody wants on/off the revolutionary progressivism ping list, send me a message

Progressives do not want to discuss their own history. I want to discuss their history.

3 posted on 07/16/2012 8:33:44 AM PDT by ProgressingAmerica (What's the best way to reach a you tube generation? Put it on you tube!)
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To: ProgressingAmerica

They’re still in “the Sanger Years” IMHO.

Hitler liked the way Margaret Sanger thought.


4 posted on 07/16/2012 8:34:25 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: ProgressingAmerica
When did Planned Parenthood cease being a eugenic organization?

Second Tuesday of next week.

5 posted on 07/16/2012 8:36:55 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Capn Freedom

Are you claiming Planned Parenthood has never been a eugenic organization?


6 posted on 07/16/2012 8:38:00 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: ProgressingAmerica
Thanks. You are doing good work. Your thread yesterday utilizing the Robertson essay on "The Impractibility of Socialism" was great!
7 posted on 07/16/2012 8:39:18 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: ProgressingAmerica

Sorry, that’s “Impracticability,” of course.


8 posted on 07/16/2012 8:40:33 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: ProgressingAmerica

...as soon as they figured out they could make millions playing with the rat party


9 posted on 07/16/2012 8:46:52 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: ProgressingAmerica

PP has always enshrined the philosophy of Death. Nihilism. It is Godless and denies the dignity and worth of human life. Reduces man to mere ape—without reason and morality.

Humanae Vitae explains the philosophy of Life. There is a difference in a God and Godless philosophy. It is quite profound.

PP has always—and will always—treat human life as arbitrary, disposable trash with no inherent worth. It will always be the slippery slope to gas ovens—which it was and will be again if not closed down.


10 posted on 07/16/2012 8:50:54 AM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: Capn Freedom; wagglebee; DuncanWaring; Admin Moderator
Something that never happened in the first place can’t cease happening.

??!! I smell a Margaret Sanger/planned parenthood apologist is in our midst.

11 posted on 07/16/2012 8:56:02 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Capn Freedom; Dr. Brian Kopp; trisham; DJ MacWoW; little jeremiah; Coleus; narses; Lesforlife; ...
Something that never happened in the first place can’t cease happening.

Hey troll, I notice you just joined the other day and I think you're in the wrong place.

Free Republic is a PRO-LIFE forum.

Big Murder (aka Planned Parenthood) has been at the forefront of eugenics since the beginning. Big Murder is the deadliest and most racist organization in the history of the world.

IBTZ!

12 posted on 07/16/2012 9:03:10 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: ProgressingAmerica

To the headline: they haven’t.


13 posted on 07/16/2012 10:02:20 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Capn Freedom
The very purpose of PP was to rid the US of white and black poor, the uneducated and diseased IE inferiors. PP has not stopped with their purpose, most abortions mills are in poor neighborhoods.
14 posted on 07/16/2012 10:07:41 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: wagglebee; Capn Freedom

He’s already slandered Sarah Palin.

PaulTard

IBTZ


15 posted on 07/16/2012 10:11:33 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY- IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Marcella

This one is a PaulTard


16 posted on 07/16/2012 10:12:48 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY- IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: onyx
As a rule, the Paultards love abortion, they consider it the greatest "states rights" issue since slavery.
17 posted on 07/16/2012 10:27:21 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Yep!


18 posted on 07/16/2012 11:53:08 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY- IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: onyx

Dead troll has smell.


19 posted on 07/16/2012 12:29:49 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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