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Margaret Sanger addressed the KKK - Obama says Catholics who defend marriage are like racists
WDTPRS ^ | October 1, 2011 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Posted on 10/01/2011 3:15:17 PM PDT by NYer

In another entry I posted about Archbp. Dolan’s letter to Pres. Obama warning him and his administration to back off from their project to equate those who defend true marriage with racists, as if the proponents of same-sex unions held the moral equivalent of black people seeking equality in the early 1960′s.

Even as I posted that, I found an email urging me to post about the time the founder of Planned Parenthood – supported enthusiastically by the Obama Administration – addressed the Klu Klux Klan. Yes, Margaret Sanger was an ally of the KKK.

I can’t help but wonder at how tone deaf the White House is about racism. I suppose they depend on general ignorance of the origins of Planned Parenthood and its virulent agenda.

The email I received just had some quotes about Margaret Sanger and the KKK but no references. You can find some more information about this HERE. I am sure readers have more on this. Sanger gives her own account of the event with the KKK in her own words in The Autobiography of Margaret Sanger (Reprint – Dover Publications, 2004, pp. 366-367).

Here is what I received in the email:

Prolife leaders are asking that the first week of October be set aside to recall the fact that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, spoke at Ku Klux Klan rally. As stated in her autobiography:

“I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan…I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses…I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak…In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.”

85 years after the Planned Parenthood foundress spoke at the KKK rally Planned Parenthood:

In this Youtube video you hear Sanger’s own account read from her aforementioned autobigraphy. It is machine generated reading, similar to what you would hear with the Kindle text-to-voice option. Not perfect but not bad.

You Tube Video

The Obama Administration supports an organization founded in part to eradicate black people, Planned Parenthood (HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE).


The Obama Administration is pushing a policy that anyone (the Catholic Church and others) who support true marriage are similar to racists. (HERE)

It’s all rather like a Salvador Dali painting in which clocks are melting off the edges of tables.

TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: abortion; dolan; duplicate; feminazi; feminism; feminist; kkk; kkkfeminist; kukluxklanfeminist; margaretsanger; marriage; moralabsolutes; obama; sanger

1 posted on 10/01/2011 3:15:25 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...


2 posted on 10/01/2011 3:16:55 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

3 posted on 10/01/2011 3:17:16 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Planned parenthood (Sanger) was conceived to reduce/eliminate the black population. She was a leftist socialist.
Republican party platform was against slavery.
The majority of dems voted AGAINST THE civil rights act. Al gores father voted against it.
KKK formed in the south when most all southern stated were DEM.
Andrew Jackson (trail of tears) was a dem

I can go on and on.

I am from Philly. I had more than a ‘few’ black friends. There I was known as “snowflake.”

Is there prejudice? Yes
Has it gotten better? Yes

No thanks to Obama sharpton shabazz and Jackson.

Their power is only thru the devision of class race and anything else the can think of.

I met him last week. He will blow you away. Go over these talking heads and hear him yourself (YouTube).

4 posted on 10/01/2011 3:26:55 PM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: NYer

So...he’s saying homos are like Blacks? Matt Lauer’s been calling them homosexual-Americans for a while, now. I guess when they vote for you at 90%+ you can insult them all day long with impunity.

5 posted on 10/01/2011 3:27:06 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan're our only hope.)
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To: NYer
The animus show by the Obama administration against supporters of the DOMA, in effect turning them into violators of executive edicts for simply standing for the DOMA law, goes well beyond the administration's previous stance of not supporting DOMA in the courts.

These actions, certainly set in motion by Obama, literally violate his oath of office--his commmitment to uphold the law. That we have not read of articles of impeachment against the president introduced in the House is a clear testament that we have House members, particularly Republicans, without spines against a lawless dictator.


6 posted on 10/01/2011 3:34:48 PM PDT by holden
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To: Chode

Thank you for posting the graphic!

7 posted on 10/01/2011 3:35:36 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: Donnafrflorida

Ditto! Too bad the RNC, and their supporters, do not take him seriously. Ironic, too, since he is Black and would make for a great challenge to Obama in the next election.

8 posted on 10/01/2011 3:38:16 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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9 posted on 10/01/2011 3:40:45 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: NYer
Anyone who thinks Margaret Sanger and Abraham Lincoln weren't big time racists just hasn't been payin' attention.


10 posted on 10/01/2011 3:48:52 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: NYer
proponents of same-sex unions held the moral equivalent of black people seeking equality

proponents of same-sex unions are the moral equivalent of black people seeking to redefine "marriage".

11 posted on 10/01/2011 3:48:52 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Chode
12 posted on 10/01/2011 3:51:04 PM PDT by Morgana ("Since using your shampoo my hair has come alive!" ----Medusa)
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To: Chode

And what’s with the Nazi salute in that photo?
(rhetorical question, the answer is obvious. Also remember that Sanger was also a favorite of Nazi eugenicists. And that is Planned Parenthood’s dirty little secret.)

13 posted on 10/01/2011 4:01:06 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: Chode

I figure the KKK needs to request to march in the next pro-abortion rally with that picture and the words: “Margaret Sanger: the KKK’s favorite feminist”.

14 posted on 10/01/2011 4:38:49 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan
stranger things have happened...
15 posted on 10/01/2011 4:46:35 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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The democrat parties attempt to link a sexually perverse behavior (homosexuality) to having black skin is blatant racism in and of itself.

How is it that the democrat party will now openly consider someone’s dislike of perverse behavior as being equivalent to a person’s racism? Are black persons to be told to wait in line to have their case of discrimination heard because we are too busy now defending perverts?

Or if the racist is themselves a pervert then maybe they will win out against their black victims by playing the ‘homophobe’ card?

The democrat party has always been the party to fight against equal rights and civil rights. Now here they are today completely perverting the concept of equal rights. Coincidence?

16 posted on 10/01/2011 4:56:51 PM PDT by TheBigIf
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To: NYer

that’s ok. progressives are nazis... so it’s balanced

17 posted on 10/01/2011 5:04:08 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger
Founder of Planned Parenthood
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)
Copyright © 2001 Diane S. Dew

Margaret Sanger (1883-1966)
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
On religious convictions regarding sex outside of marriage:
“This book aims to answer the needs expressed in thousands on thousands of letters to me in the solution of marriage problems... Knowledge of sex truths frankly and plainly presented cannot possibly injure healthy, normal, young minds. Concealment, suppression, futile attempts to veil the unveilable - these work injury, as they seldom succeed and only render those who indulge in them ridiculous. For myself, I have full confidence in the cleanliness, the open-mindedness, the promise of the younger generation.” Margaret Sanger, Happiness in Marriage (Bretano’s, New York, 1927)

On the extermination of blacks:
“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she said, “if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon

On respecting the rights of the mentally ill:
In her “Plan for Peace,” Sanger outlined her strategy for eradication of those she deemed “feebleminded.” Among the steps included in her evil scheme were immigration restrictions; compulsory sterilization; segregation to a lifetime of farm work; etc. Birth Control Review, April 1932, p. 107

On adultery:
A woman’s physical satisfaction was more important than any marriage vow, Sanger believed. Birth Control in America, p. 11

On marital sex:
“The marriage bed is the most degenerating influence in the social order,” Sanger said. (p. 23) [Quite the opposite of God’s view on the matter: “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” (Hebrews 13:4)

On abortion:
“Criminal’ abortions arise from a perverted sex relationship under the stress of economic necessity, and their greatest frequency is among married women.” The Woman Rebel - No Gods, No Masters, May 1914, Vol. 1, No. 3.

On the YMCA and YWCA:
“...brothels of the Spirit and morgues of Freedom!”), The Woman Rebel - No Gods, No Masters, May 1914, Vol. 1, No. 3.
On the Catholic Church’s view of contraception:
“...enforce SUBJUGATION by TURNING WOMAN INTO A MERE INCUBATOR.” The Woman Rebel - No Gods, No Masters, May 1914, Vol. 1, No. 3.

On motherhood:
“I cannot refrain from saying that women must come to recognize there is some function of womanhood other than being a child-bearing machine.” What Every Girl Should Know, by Margaret Sanger (Max Maisel, Publisher, 1915) [Jesus said: “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep... for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed (happy) are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the breasts which never gave suck.” (Luke 23:24)]

“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)

Editor of The Birth Control Review from 1917 to 1938.

Founder of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the world.
Her goal in life:
Sanger admitted her entire life’s purpose was to promote birth control. An Autobiography, p. 194
Helped to establish the research bureau that financed “the pill,” she contributed toward the work of the German doctor who developed the IUD. “Ernst Graefenberg and His Ring,” Mt. Sinai Journal of Medicine, July-Aug. 1975, p. 345, in Margaret Sanger: Father of Modern Society, by Elasah Drogin
Sanger espoused the thinking of eugenicists — similar to Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” — but related the concept to human society, saying the genetic makeup of the poor, and minorities, for example, was inferior. Pivot of Civilization, by Margaret Sanger, 1922, p. 80
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.”

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

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“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

“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

“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.

“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

“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.

“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
FACTS on Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood on Adoption:
Of 6,000 clinic visit records examined from a Texas PP clinic, only 3 referred for adoption. (Aborting Planned Parenthood, by Robert H. Ruff, New Vision Press, 1988)

Planned Parenthood’s on Homosexuality & Marital Rights:
PP has encouraged homosexuality and advocated compulsory sterilization of all who have two children. (Family Planning Perspectives (a PP publication), June, Oct. 1970)
Planned Parenthood’s Goal:
Dr. Lena Levine in 1953, concerning Planned Parenthood’s purpose and planned course of action: “... to be ready as educators and parents to help young people obtain sex satisfaction before marriage. By sanctioning sex before marriage we will prevent fear and guilt. We must also relieve those who have these ... feelings, and we must be ready to provide young boys and girls with the best contraceptive measures available so they will have the necessary means to achieve sexual satisfaction without having to risk possible pregnancy.” (Planned Parenthood News, Summer 1953) .” (”Psycho-Sexual Development,” quoted in Planned Parenthood News, Summer 1953, pg. 10)

Planned Parenthood on Pregnancy:
PP has an unhealthy concept of pregnancy, as it views the state of gestation as an abnormal condition or disease. Speaking for the organization, Dr. Warren Hern refers to human pregnancy as “an episodic, moderately extended chronic condition ... May be defined as an illness ... Treated by evacuation of the uterine contents...”(”Is Pregnancy Really Normal?” Family Planning Perspective, Planned Parenthood, vol. 3, No. 1, Jan. 1971, pg. 9)
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‘The Negro Project’; Planned Parenthood’s philosophy isn’t what you think.(OPED)

“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” (emphasis added)
so-so youtube of Hillary admiring Margaret Sanger [admires her vision at 3:40 into video]

Hillary Clinton Compares Margaret Sanger to Thomas Jefferson

April 24, 2009
At 4 minutes 25 seconds into this video, the Secretary of States compares the eugenics advocate and racist Margaret Sanger to Thomas Jefferson. In fact, she seems to think Jefferson was a lesser person than Sanger because he held slaves.

During discussion with Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praises Margaret Sanger.

Are we to assume Hillary wants to kill Africans and African-Americans?
In 1939, Clinton’s heroine said:
“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social service backgrounds and with engaging personalities … We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”
There is a straight line from Sanger and the eugenicists and the Nazis.
“Several prominent families are responsible for funding and promoting eugenics in America, namely the Rockefeller, Carnegie, Harriman, and Osborn families,” writes Daniel Taylor. “Two families, the Rockefellers and the Osborns, are particularly significant. John D. Rockefeller Sr. contributed a large amount of money to build the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the early 1900’s, which housed the Eugenics Records Office from 1910-1944. Rockefeller influence also spread overseas to Germany, where the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Psychiatry, and the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Eugenics, Anthropology and Human Heredity resided. Much of the money used to run these facilities came from Rockefeller. These institutes became centers for Nazi eugenics programs during the reign of Adolf Hitler.”
Martin Barillas wrote for Spero News on March 27, 2009:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to receive the highest award given by Planned Parenthood Federation of America — the Margaret Sanger Award, named for the organization’s founder, a noted eugenicist. The award will be presented at a gala event in Houston, Texas this evening. Co-hosting the event will be America Ferreira, the lead on the “Ugly Betty” television show, and PPFA President Cecile Richards.
• A d v e r t i s e m e n t

Margaret Sanger, a former Catholic, founded Planned Parenthood in 1916 and was notable during the eugenics movement that with its pseudo-science influenced state legislature and local jurisdictions to neuter young people deemed racially unfit. Nazi Germany’s racial policies and extermination of Jews and so-called “life not fit for life” were also influenced by the movement and the lead organization – the American Eugenics Society.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, a prolife organization spoke about Secretary Clinton and her acceptance of the Sanger Award. Said Dannenfelser, “If Secretary Clinton were fully aware of the eugenicist past of Margaret Sanger, I cannot believe that she would be accepting an award in her name. It is in fact shocking that the award still bear’s Sanger’s name.”
Sanger broadly supported the Eugenics movement, advocating for a superior race that was free of poor, immigrant, and minority citizens. She even spoke at a rally of the Klu Klux Klan. Despite this evidence, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider, has done little to distance itself from Sanger’s legacy.”
Last year’s controversy involving a Planned Parenthood employee accepting donations earmarked specifically for the abortion of African American children draws attention to an important reality for the nation’s largest abortion provider. Planned Parenthood Federation of America needs to be very careful to steer clear of any appearance of adhering to Sanger’s pro-eugenics philosophy. And this ought to begin by renaming their highest award.”
Some quotes of Margaret Sanger illustrate her attitudes towards race and eugenics,
“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members” (Sanger’s letter to Clarence J. Gamble, 1939, December)
Margaret Sanger referred to immigrants and Catholics as reckless breeders, writing in her book, Pivot of Civilization, “[They’re] an unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.” (Sanger, p.187).
“The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it,” Margaret Sanger wrote in her 1920 book Women and the New Race (Sanger, p. 63).
Last year an Idaho Planned Parenthood employee was disciplined for accepting a donation earmarked for the abortion of African Americans. According to a transcript of the call, Autumn Kersey, vice president of development and marketing for Planned Parenthood of Idaho, took a call from an actor saying he wanted his money to be used to eliminate unborn black babies because “the less black kids out there the better.” Kersey responded: “Understandable, understandable. … Excuse my hesitation, this is the first time I’ve had a donor call and make this kind of request, so I’m excited and want to make sure I don’t leave anything out.”

The Truth About Margaret Sanger
“I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan...I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses...I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak...In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.” (Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography, P.366)

Hillary Clinton’s Bizarre “Margaret Sanger’s Work is Not Done”
Margaret Sanger: Birth Control, Planned Parenthood and Eugenics

“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)
Just who was Margaret Sanger? Patron saint of a woman’s right to choose, or evil collaborator in the field of eugenics, those who believed society had the right to use birth control, sterilize, or abort the “unfit” or force them to live on government farms for the rest of their lives?
Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, has been touted as a “hero” and “visionary”, including recent remarks by Hillary Clinton.
Revisionist history usually works after a lengthy span of time or historical documentation is missing. Unfortunately for Planned Parenthood, historical documentation is plentiful on the “work” of founder Margaret Sanger and eugenics, whose efforts succeeded in the legalization of mass sterilization of thousands of “unfit” men, women, and children.
On March 27, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepted Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger award. Here is an excerpt from Clinton’s acceptance speech:
“The 20th century reproductive rights movement, really embodied in the life and leadership of Margaret Sanger, was one of the most transformational in the entire history of the human race. It has changed the lives of tens of millions of women. It has changed attitudes and perceptions about women and our roles in society. It ushered in demographic and social changes that have brought us closer to gender equality than at any time.
Yet we know that Margaret Sanger’s work here in the United States and certainly across our globe is not done. Here at home, there are still too many women who are denied their rights because of income, because of opposition, because of attitudes that they harbor. But around the world, too many women are denied even the opportunity to know about how to plan and space their families. They’re denied the power to do anything about the most intimate of decisions.”
–Hillary Clinton, Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Award – March 27, 2009
Clinton’s acceptance speech was laced with glowing adjectives of Sanger while Clinton proclaimed that Sanger’s “work is not done”. And yet, Sanger’s “work” has many questioning as to why Sanger continues to be touted as a “visionary” such as this further excerpt from Clinton’s speech:
“Now, I have to tell you that it was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award. I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision. Another of my great friends, Ellen Chesler, is here, who wrote a magnificent biography of Margaret Sanger called Woman of Valor. And when I think about what she did all those years ago in Brooklyn, taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I am really in awe of her.”
No only did Clinton proclaim that Sanger had “vision” but that Clinton was in “awe” of Sanger. Which begs the question: which part of Sanger’s “vision” was Clinton referring to? Was it the right for a woman to choose, or was it the vision of a society expunged of “over-fertile mentally and physically defectives” by way of mass sterilization with birth control as one component?

More on eugenic’s sterlization goals:
“Sterilization could be applied to an ever widening circle of social discards, beginning always with the criminal, the diseased and the insane, and extending gradually to types which may be called weaklings rather than defectives, and perhaps ultimately to worthless race types.”
From The Passing of the Great Race by Madison Grant, co-founder American Eugenics Society
The result: 32 states enacted forced sterilization laws which governors later apolozed.
December 2, 2002
SALEM, OREGON–”Today, I am here to acknowledge a great wrong done to more than 2,600 Oregonians over a period of about 60 years-forced sterilization in accordance with a doctrine called eugenics,” Governor John Kitzhaber told a group of reporters in a prepared statement Monday.
Kitzhaber noted that most of those sterilized between 1917 and 1983 were people with “mental disorders and disabilities” housed in state-run institutions. Many were forced, by state law, to undergo surgery to be made sterile before they could be allowed to leave such facilities. Others who were sterilized included criminals, homosexuals, and teenage girls who “misbehaved”.
“The time has come to apologize for misdeeds that resulted from widespread misconceptions, ignorance and bigotry. It’s the right thing to do, the just thing to do. The time has come to apologize for public policies that labeled people as ‘defective’ simply because they were ill, and declared them unworthy to have children of their own.”
“To those who suffered, I say, The people of Oregon are sorry. Our hearts are heavy for the pain you endured.”
Kitzhaber is the second governor to formally apologize for a state’s part in the eugenics movement of the 20th century. In May of this year, Virginia’s Governor Mark R. Warner officially apologized for the forced sterilizations of 8,300 people in his state. Thirty-one other states in the U.S., along with two Canadian provinces, were responsible for sterilizing more than 60,000 men and women, boys and girls. Germany’s dictator Adolph Hitler modeled his massive Nazi sterilization law in part on that of Virginia.
Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood who holds her in high esteem:
Planned Parenthood is rooted in the courage and tenacity of American women and men willing to fight for women’s health, rights, and equality. 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:
* providing contraception and other health services to women and men
* funding research on birth control and educating specialists and the public about the results
* advancing access to family planning in the United States and around the world
Women’s progress in recent decades — in education, in the workplace, in political and economic power — can be directly linked to Sanger’s crusade and women’s ability to control their own fertility.
Just how is it that Sanger, a woman who proposed forced sterilization of society’s “misfits” and was a member of the group that led to the forced sterilization of thousands, become a great “hero” to PPH?
Planned Parenthood has discarded Sanger’s eugenic’s past, reshaping Sanger’s memory into an illusion of a woman warrior whose main goal was to ensure women had to the right to birth control. Yet Sanger’s own words, tying her work with birth control to eugenics, dispels the myth of a woman “hero” whose motives were “pure”:
– Margaret Sanger. The Pivot of Civilization , 1922. Chapter on “The
Cruelty of Charity,” pages 116, 122, and 189. Swarthmore College Library
“Today eugenics is suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems. “I think you must agree … that the campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical with the final aims
of eugenics … Birth control propaganda is thus the entering wedge for the
eugenic educator.
“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 feebleminded, 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.”
– Margaret Sanger. “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda.”
Birth Control Review , October 1921, page 5.
Why would Planned Parenthood continue to maintain the illusion that Sanger’s work was solely a woman’s right to birth control? Perhaps some insight into PPH’s own history involving eugenics may shed some light:
“Sanger was not the only eugenicist involved with Planned Parenthood. Alan Guttmacher, president of Planned Parenthood from 1962-1974, once told a Planned Parenthood gathering, “The mentally retarded and the mentally defective . . . insidiously are replacing the people of normal mentality.”
Guttmacher, Sanger, and others in Planned Parenthood actively courted the involvement of eugenicists. In the 1920s, the “National Council” of her American Birth Control League had at least 23 persons involved at a prominent level in eugenics-nearly one-half the entire council!
The American Eugenic Society (AES) officially endorsed her group in 1932, and Sanger was a dues-paying member of the AES through the 1960s. Among those on her council was Lothrop Stoddard, a prominent racist who wrote The Rising Tide of Color Against White Supremacy and who also published eugenic articles in Sanger’s magazine.”
While the 1920’s may seem to be shrouded in the mists of time, the 60’s, when Sanger was still a card-carrying member of the American Eugenics Society, and the 1970’s, where eugenics proponent Alan Guttmacher was President of PPH, was not so long ago.
The irony is that some are now attempting to claim that while Sanger was involved in eugenics, she wasn’t so awful, just merely “myopic”.
Here is an excerpt from Margaret Sanger’s The Pivot of Civilization, Chapter 12 – Women and the Future:
Parallel with the awakening of woman’s interest in her own fundamental nature, in her realization that her greatest duty to society lies in self-realization, will come a greater and deeper love for all of humanity. For in attaining a true individuality of her own she will understand that we are individuals, that each human being is essentially implicated in every question or problem which involves the well-being of the humblest of us.
So to-day we are not to meet the great problems of defect and delinquency in any merely sentimental or superficial manner, but with the firmest and most unflinching attitude toward the true interest of our fellow beings. It is from no mere feeling of brotherly love or sentimental philanthropy that we women must insist upon enhancing the value of child life. It is because we know that, if our children are to develop to their full capabilities, all children must be assured a similar opportunity. Every single case of inherited defect, every malformed child, every congenitally tainted human being brought into this world is of infinite importance to that poor individual; but it is of scarcely less importance to the rest of us and to all of our children who must pay in one way or another for these biological and racial mistakes. We look forward in our vision of the future to children brought into the world because they are desired, called from the unknown by a fearless and conscious passion, because women and men need children to complete the symmetry of their own development, no less than to perpetuate the race.”
Sanger wrote that a woman’s greatest duty to society was that of “self-realization”, from which would evolve a “greater and deeper love for all humanity”. That “deeper love” included birth control and mass sterilization of the “unfit” as well as government farms where the “unfit” were to be warehoused for life.
Sanger wrote about the “true interest of our fellow beings”, of women and men needing to children to “complete the symmetry of their own development” and “no less than to perpetuate the race”.
I assume Sanger was implying her “race” of intellectual well-to-dos.
Sanger wrote that there needed needed to be a firm and “unflinching attitude” towards this “true interest”. Meaning, chin-up, mass sterilization is for the good of all “humanity”.
Sanger wrote of the “cause” which impeded the completion of the symmetry of one’s own development and the perpetuation of Sanger’s envisioned race:
“Every single case of inherited defect, every malformed child, every congenitally tainted human being brought into this world is of infinite importance to that poor individual; but it is of scarcely less importance to the rest of us and to all of our children who must pay in one way or another for these biological and racial mistakes.”
The solution, the eradication of the “mistakes” described by Ms. Sanger, by way of forced sterilizations, abortion, and birth control. Sites such as completely ignore that Sanger, a former nurse, was in bed with the American Eugenics Society, as a member for over 30 years, well into the 60’s, while mentioning this:
“Today, organizations and individuals which oppose abortion and, sometimes, birth control, have charged Sanger with eugenicism and racism. Sanger supporters consider the charges exaggerated or false.”
And yet this is a false assertion. In fact, attempts to deflect the very real criticism of Sanger and Planned Parenthood of their once very public support of eugenics as coming from those who are anti-abortion critics attempting to discredit Sanger and PP.
Are the “charges” against Sanger “exaggerated” or “false”? Perhaps. But then again here’s more from Sanger about eugenics in her own words:
Margaret Sangers’ “Plan for Peace”, published in Sanger’s Birth Control Review (April 1932, pp. 107-108
A Plan for Peace
First, put into action President Wilson’s fourteen points, upon which terms Germany and Austria surrendered to the Allies in 1918.
Second, have Congress set up a special department for the study of population problems and appoint a Parliament of Population, the directors representing the various branches of science: this body to direct and control the population through birth rates and immigration, and to direct its distribution over the country according to national needs consistent with taste, fitness and interest of individuals. The main objects of the Population Congress would be:
a. to raise the level and increase the general intelligence of population.
b. to increase the population slowly by keeping the birth rate at its present level of fifteen per thousand, decreasing the death rate below its present mark of 11 per thousand.
c. to keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race, such as feebleminded, idiots, morons, insane, syphilitic, epileptic, criminal, professional prostitutes, and others in this class barred by the immigration laws of 1924.
d. to apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.
e. to insure the country against future burdens of maintenance for numerous offspring as may be born of feebleminded parents, by pensioning all persons with transmissible disease who voluntarily consent to sterilization.
f. to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.
g. to apportion farm lands and homesteads for these segregated persons where they would be taught to work under competent instructors for the period of their entire lives.
The first step would thus be to control the intake and output of morons, mental defectives, epileptics.
The second step would be to take an inventory of the secondary group such as illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, dope-fiends; classify them in special departments under government medical protection, and segregate them on farms and open spaces as long as necessary for the strengthening and development of moral conduct.
Having corralled this enormous part of our population and placed it on a basis of health instead of punishment, it is safe to say that fifteen or twenty millions of our population would then be organized into soldiers of defense—defending the unborn against their own disabilities.
The third step would be to give special attention to the mothers’ health, to see that women who are suffering from tuberculosis, heart or kidney disease, toxic goitre, gonorrhea, or any disease where the condition of pregnancy disturbs their health are placed under public health nurses to instruct them in practical, scientific methods of contraception in order to safeguard their lives—thus reducing maternal mortality.
The above steps may seem to place emphasis on a health program instead of on tariffs, moratoriums and debts, but I believe that national health is the first essential factor in any program for universal peace.
With the future citizen safeguarded from hereditary taints, with five million mental and moral degenerates segregated, with ten million women and ten million children receiving adequate care, we could then turn our attention to the basic needs for international peace.
There would then be a definite effort to make population increase slowly and at a specified rate, in order to accommodate and adjust increasing numbers to the best social and economic system.
In the meantime we should organize and join an International League of Low Birth Rate Nations to secure and maintain World Peace.
Summary of address before the New History Society, January 17th, New York City
This is a prime example of Sanger’s “vision”. Written by Sanger, published in her Birth Control Review.
Double Myopic Vision
It seems quite bizarre that some would call Sanger “myopic” in that she was one of the leading advocates of eugenics and was a card-carrying member into the 60’s, where she died in 1966.
And yet, it also seems bizarre that Hillary Clinton seems to be suffering from a severe case myopia in regards to Sanger’s well-documented association with eugenics and forced sterilization.
From Sanger’s “Plan for Peace”:
“f. to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.
g. to apportion farm lands and homesteads for these segregated persons where they would be taught to work under competent instructors for the period of their entire lives.”
Then there’s the rather offensive matter, of calling those who find Sanger’s “work” in eugenics obscene and horrific, as being merely anti-abortion foes. This is purely a risky defensive measure designed to eliminate well-deserved criticism and gives pause as to why they have chosen this tactic rather than admitting the truth of their “roots”.
Far from “exaggerations”, Sanger’s “work” and the role of early Planned Parenthood in eugenics is well documented. Sanger proposed that the federal government implement a “Parliament of Population” which would “direct” and “measure” population. Where the government would turn away immigrants based on sickness, intellect, or feeblemindedness. Others would be classified and put on special government “farms” where they would remain until they were to be taught and “reclassified” as fit for society if they “passed”. Citizens who didn’t “pass” would be forced into sterilization and segregated, kept on government farms for the “period of their entire lives”.
This wasn’t some pie in the sky scheme, it was adapted by some states where thousands of men, women, and children were forcibly sterilized under orders by state governments. Governments which recently “apologized”.

Sanger Speaking to the KKK
To now tout Sanger as a “hero” and as a “visionary” is bizarre. Sanger didn’t have a split personality, of the “good” Margaret, whose motives were “pure” and who sought to fight for women’s rights, and the “bad” Margaret, who wanted to government to implement its Parliament of Population. In her own words, Margaret Sanger believed that only “some” women had the right to choose, while others, who were deemed “unfit” by Sanger’s “standards”, should be forcibly sterilized by the government and that birth control, Sanger’s forte, was just one component for achieving her “plan”.
Hillary Clinton has since called Sanger “flawed”, comparing Sanger to Thomas Jefferson whom Clinton also “admired”. Which was interesting to say the least.
Jefferson inherited slaves, which under Virginia law, he was not allowed to free. Jefferson’s first act after being elected was an attempt to overturn the law. When Jefferson was asked to help pen the Virginia constitution he proposed a clause that all those born on Virginia soil would be free. When Jefferson wrote the Ordinance of 1784, a preliminary draft of the Northwest Ordinance, he proposed that those who lived in the new territory would be free. The measure was blocked by one vote which Jefferson lamented. Jefferson included an amendment in the Declaration of Independence a condemnation of King George’s slave trade. And yet, this is the man whom Hillary Clinton said was “flawed” in the same manner as Margaret Sanger.
Clinton was, at best, intellectually sloppy, at worst, intellectually dishonest.
Jefferson didn’t make it his life’s work to promote slavery. Sanger’s life’s work revolved around eugenics, birth control, and the government implementing forced sterilization on those deemed “unfit” or the wrong race.

18 posted on 10/01/2011 5:26:27 PM PDT by phockthis
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To: Fred Hayek

A Jewish woman addressing the Klan and admired by the Nazis. How weird is that?

19 posted on 10/01/2011 9:09:06 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa

Sanger wasn’t Jewish. Her maiden name was Higgins. Her mother was a Catholic and her father was an atheist. I think the atheist half won out.

20 posted on 10/02/2011 6:26:46 AM PDT by Campion ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies when they become fashions." -- GKC)
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To: NYer
Irony. Margaret Sanger..addressed the KKK but ..Catholics who defend marriage are like racists
21 posted on 10/02/2011 7:00:44 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: NYer
Copying my post from another thread on this, with a few typos fixed:

like a Salvador Dali painting

Not at all. It is what to be expected from the ideologies in focus.

Left-wing ideologies are somewhat different, but they all have something in common: they replace the sovereign individual with the community of the race or the nation, or the state. Note that all three community pre-exist the decision of the individual: he is from conception immersed in them. He, therefore, from birth is at the mercy of these communities. That is the right-defying kernel of all ideologies of the Left.

Those who view the individual as a service part of his race are racists. They see the world as a race war.

Those who view the individual as a service part of his nation are nationalists. They see the world as a war between nations.

Those who view the individual as a service part of his state are socialists. They see the world as a war between a private interest and the state's interest.

All three would easily turn pro-death. Whether they are pro-death or not depends not on whether they see the unborn as a person with rights, but on the utility of that person: his utility to the race, a nation, or the state.

There were oppressive regimes that prohibited abortion, but they did it because they wanted the race, or the nation, or the state to be more numerous. They, typically, see everyone including an unborn as a future soldier, and needed human material. The Soviet Union prohibited abortion at first, because they needed workers. When their command economy with all new machines and factories failed to feed the population, they allowed abortion. It is not complicated.

The modern welfare state sees the individual as a mouth to feed and a voter to put on welfare, or if he has means, as a taxpayer to expropriate. The unborn naturally lose, and generally the family as a child-rearing independent economic unit lose. Rights -- or non-rigths presented as rights-- that promote destructive behavior are supported by the American Left. Rights that nurture the individual and the family are viciously opposed. Just ask any "pro-choice" drone if he supports choice in education or privatizing social security and choice of a pension plan, or gun ownership and choice of privatized self-defense, or choice to segregate homosexuals and children. You know what their reaction will be: a blank stare and "you're nazi".

The view on the man as primarily an individual, a son of God, whose rights are from God is opposed to all three flavors of collectivism is the Christian view. The Christian world view is in its essence opposed to all collectivist ideologies if they consider man a service part to the collective.

if it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, you have your choice: choose this day that which pleaseth you, whom you would rather serve, whether the gods which your fathers served in Mesopotamia, or the gods of the Amorrhites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)

Peter and the apostles answering, said: We ought to obey God, rather than men (Acts 5:29)

Surely the Christians understand that individuals join communities, at times even communities where all property is shared. But they do so voluntarily. The last thing the welfare state would allow is for the individuals to voluntarily opt in or out of their state-run schemes.

So why, with these facts being what they are, the Left calls Christians nazis? Easy. Their whole ideology is based on lies and name-calling. Today, "fascist" of "nazi" rarely means anything other than "I don't like you".

22 posted on 10/02/2011 9:37:04 AM PDT by annalex (
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To: Campion

Really? I don’t doubt it but I thought she was Jewish. Oh well, my mistake. Thanks.

23 posted on 10/02/2011 12:04:05 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: NYer


24 posted on 10/02/2011 4:58:21 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Half the lies they tell about me ain't true." - Yogi Berra)
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To: ml/nj

How did Lincoln get into this? Lincoln was open enough to invite Frederick Douglass to the White House and to solicit his comments on his 2nd Inaugural address. As for racism in general, this was an age in which most Americans did not think of Germans as white men and had only contempt for the Irish because they were Catholic. The term “race” by the way was more broadly used. It was not uncommon to hear of references to the “French race,” versus the “English race.” Lots of talk about “national character.”

25 posted on 10/02/2011 9:36:43 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Campion

Maggie Higgins hated the Church, and became a socialist. Then during the 20s she began courting the Rockefellers and other rich who were eager to spread birth control among the inferior races. Eugenics was very “toney” among the upper set. The irony is that the upper crust accepted birth control whole hog and large families became passe among them.

26 posted on 10/02/2011 9:42:46 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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