Skip to comments.The Red Contraceptionist-The history of Margaret Sanger, the mother of "birth control."
Posted on 01/27/2005 1:58:15 AM PST by kattracks
In 1960, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, vowed that she would leave the United States forever if that well-known defender of reactionary conservatism, John F. Kennedy, were ever elected to the presidency. Margaret was a fervent Marxist, a radical feminist, and, despite comical denials posted on Planned Parenthoods website, a rabid eugenicist. According to her New York Times obituary, dated September 7, 1966, Sanger specifically recommended the practice of birth control to prevent procreation among those of the poor prone to producing heritably subnormal children, and, in the early years of the 20th Century, the masthead of her Feminist-Socialist magazine, The Woman Rebel, defiantly proclaimed No Gods! No Masters! to its readership.
At first glance, one could hardly disapprove of Sangers attempts to promote better health practices among poor women, or seriously find fault with her call for legalized contraception as a means of reducing dangerous self-inflicted abortions. Fewer than 100 years ago, urban women still regularly succumbed to disease and died young, especially if they were poor and had repeatedly endured the physical hardships of pregnancy. In fact, Margarets own mother had died of tuberculosis, at 48, after bearing eleven children in rapid succession. Legend has it that it was her mothers death, coupled with her experience as a maternity nurse among the indigent, which finally convinced Sanger to crusade for legalization of birth control in America. But Sanger was no mere social worker, and that particular legend omits quite a bit.
It was Sanger who actually coined the phrase birth control, and it was she who opened the first birth control clinic in the nation, circa 1916. Sanger also deliberately politicized her push for legalized contraception by founding the National Birth Control League in 1921, and, later, she presided over the founding of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Of course, her activism put her directly at odds with law-enforcement officials and the Catholic Church, but little discussed is the actual extent to which her early Marxism guided much of what she managed to achieve. In short, Sanger is, indeed, a hero to the womens movement, but she was certainly no humanitarian.
Simply consider Sangers horrific contradictions. For Sanger and her generation of radicals, the success of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia largely validated Marxs promise of a pending new world order. As a proponent of birth control, Sanger certainly sought to remedy specific health threats impacting the lives of poor women, but as a Marxist member of the Womens Committee for the New York Socialist Party, she certainly anticipated the day when, as predicted, poor workers would rise up, kill off significant numbers of men, women, and children within the American middle class, and then fully seize the nations political and productive powers in efforts to establish a communist workers utopia. It is indisputable that such was the manifest plan for achieving the expected Marxist future.
Sangers own hybrid agenda actually led her to sharply criticize Marx for his monomaniacal focus on economic factors alone. Despite her party affiliation, she did not seriously believe that the coming revolution could subsequently live up to its promise of completely remaking mankind. In pointing out the limitations and fallacies of the orthodox Marxian opinion, Sanger penned in The Pivot of Civilization, my purpose is not to depreciate the efforts of the Socialists aiming to create a new society, but rather to emphasize what seems to me to be the greatest and most neglected truth of our day: unless sexual science is incorporated and the pivotal importance of birth control is recognized in any program of reconstruction, all efforts to create a new world and a new civilization are foredoomed to failure.
Painfully aware that the miserable poor surrounding her were hardly the makings of a future political vanguard, Sanger sought to improve their revolutionary fitness by encouraging smaller families, and, of course, by seeking to reduce births among those deemed to be lowly intelligent. Because Marxists fundamentally believed that children were the property of society (and not that of their parents), Sanger and her followers apparently felt fully justified in demanding not only that poor families immediately begin controlling their own procreation, but also that governments step in, as well. In keeping with Sangers teachings, American communists eventually accreted the belief that it was selfish and counterrevolutionary to sire too many kids: children, especially defective ones, interfered with the familys ability to adequately respond to the needs of the party.
Sangers belief that the poor would someday soldier the future proletarian revolution in America is likely what led her to work almost exclusively on their behalf. Like all political agitators of the Marxist stripe, she also likely exploited the bourgeoisie for the benefit of the cause: wealthy women who supported Sangers efforts regularly organized their own social circles to provide funding and political influence, but, as Sanger and her colleagues well knew, such generous, heartfelt support would not ultimately spare them the tumbrels ride directly to the revolutions gallows. In general, all non-Marxists were viewed as expendable non-persons to be cynically milked for whatever they could provide.
It could not, then, have been solely out of compassion for women that Sanger did what she did: her work was aimed at benefiting only a particular class of women, and, what is worse, it assisted a political ideology that, at last worldwide count, was shown to have deliberately murdered nearly 100 million innocent people. Sanger admitted that her activities were part-and-parcel of radical efforts calculated to upset the political, religious, and social orders of the day, and, collectively, all were intended to hasten the expected collapse of bourgeois America. As was typical of such radical agitation, most of what Sanger sought to accomplish was disingenuously cloaked beneath the mantle of humanitarianism and social justice. Clever lies, rationalized by dialectic sophistry, were always ingeniously employed to obscure the whole of the sordid truth.
Pol Pot, to take but one example, eventually achieved in Cambodia what Sanger and her Marxist friends apparently longed for in America, i.e., the deliberate extermination of millions within the middle class. Public awareness of these psychopathic hopes should alone suffice to bar Ms. Sanger from receiving any further posthumous accolades that is, except from those in our midst who still believe as she once did.
Sanger was a racist of the first water, a fact carefully swept under the rug by feminists and Libs.
... Laughing at Margaret Sanger becomes impossible when one gets into Sangers ideas about uprooting human weeds and establishing work camps for the unfit. In 1937, Sanger gave a speech on behalf of those too inarticulate to speak for themselves.
In her speech, she said the following about blocking the procreation of so-called undesirables:
(It) makes possible the spread of scientific knowledge of the elements of sound breeding. It makes possible the creation of a new race; a new generation brought into this world consciously conceived. It makes possible the breeding out of human weeds-the defective and criminal classes-(and) the breeding in of the clean, strong and fit instruments to carry the torch of human destiny.
Margaret Sangers following two-step plan (which she proposed to the U.S. Congress) to establish a Parliament of Population is also well-documented...:
1. To control the intake and output of morons (apparently excluding Sanger), mental defectives, epileptics.
2. 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
Sanger then went on to summarize her plea to Congress by saying that fifteen or twenty millions of our population would then be organized into soldiers of defense-defending the unborn against their own disabilities.
Sanger also had a pretty negative view of Australian, Jewish, and Italian families. She called aboriginal Australians the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development. She said the following of the Jewish people and Italian families:
(They) are filling the insane asylums, (they) are filling the hospitals and filling our feeble-minded institutions, (they) are the ones the tax payers have to pay for the upkeep of, and they are increasing the budget of the State, the enormous expense of the State is increasing because of the multiplication of the unfit in this country and in the State.
Is it any wonder that Sanger spoke at a KKK rally in 1926?
Is it any wonder that she said that The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it?
Check out this information about the real Margaret Sanger:
We give Sanger appropriate "due" in our "Patriot's History of the United States." In fact, I think we are the ONLY U.S. survey to ever mention her looney ideas.
Good post!! People need to know what this hateful wench was about.
Sanger, Baldwin,and now Ted Kennedy --funny how Marxism has
been the enemy of America --yet has support of the elite,
and pampered-that we blindly cede power to.
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)
"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
Who was responsible for more deaths in the 20th century?:
A) Adolph Hitler
B) Joseph Stalin
C) Pol Pot
D) Margret Sanger
Sanger's career illustrates that Marxism/Leninism/Communism/Socialism are just the other side of the totalitarian coin from Fascism/Nazism. I believe she was a major fan of Hitler's policies directed at eliminating "defectives" from the gene pool and she was very clear in her writings that Planned Parenthood was intended to slow the reproduction of non-white Northern European (Can you say Aryan? Sure you can.) American stock
Voting rights for women might have come sooner had the issue been restricted to the franchise alone. But activists such as Margaret Sanger from New York City had associated feminism with such controversial practices as birth control and eugenics. Sanger, one of 11 children, was deeply affected by the death of her tuberculoid mother. Instead of blaming the disease, Sanger concluded that the rigors of childbirth had taken her mother. The difficult delivery of her own baby convinced Sanger of the dangers of the birth process and the problems of poverty she associated with large families.
Sanger quickly fell in with New York radicals soon had met all the important socialists, including Debs, "Big Bill" Haywood, John Reed, Clarence Darrow, Will Durant, and Upton Sinclair. She seemed "supremely unimpressed" by her fellow travelers: in addition to her disparaging remarks about Haywood and her "silk hat radical" reference to Debs, she called Alexander Beckman, a labor organizer, "a hack, armchair socialist---full of hot air but likely little else." Like Marx, whose jealous anger burned against any intellectual who might dare to compete with him, Sanger characterized fellow members of the Socialist Party as "losers, complainers, and perpetual victims---unwilling or unable to do for themselves, much less society at large." What kept her in the good graces of the radical community was Sanger's libertine attitudes and her willingness to link socialism to sexual liberation.
After a failed attempt to open an abortion clinic, Sanger published a paper called The Woman Rebel that denounced marriage as "a degenerate institution," openly advocated abortion, and endorsed political assassinations. Her writings openly violated the Comstock Laws, enacted in 1873 to prohibit the transmission of pornography or other obscene materials through the mail, and she was indicted. Rather than submit to jail, Sanger fled to England, where she absorbed the already-discredited overpopulation ideas of Thomas Malthus. Suddenly she found a way to package sexual hedonism and birth control in a less offensive wrapping of "concern" for population pressures. While packaging her program as "family planning," in reality Sanger associated birth control with population control, particularly among the "unfit." The most merciful thing a large family could do to a new baby, she suggested, was to kill it. In Sumner-esque fashion, she attacked charity as enabling the dregs of society to escape natural selection: "My criticism . . . is not directed at the failure of philanthropy, but rather at its success. The dangers inherent in the very idea of humanitarianism and altruism . . . have today produced their full harvest of human waste." Modern benevolence, she charged, "encourages the perpetuation of defectives, delinquents, and dependents." Birth control and sterilization could be used to weed out the poor (and, she noted, blacks and Chinese, whom she likened to a "plague"). She viewed birth control as a means of "weeding out the unfit" aimed at "the creation of a superman."
Founding the Birth Control Review in 1917, Sanger published a number of pro-eugenics articles: "Some Moral Aspects of Eugenics" (June 1920), "The Eugenic Conscience" (February 1921), "The Purpose of Eugenics" (December 1924), "Birth Control and Positive Eugenics" (July 1925), and "Birth Control: The True Eugenics" (August 1928). One of her regular contributors, Norman Hines, repeatedly claimed that Catholic "stocks" (i.e., people from predominantly Catholic nations) were inferior to Protestant stocks. Perhaps the most outrageous article published in Birth Control Review was a favorable book review of Lothrop Stoddard's The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy (1923)---a book that became a model for fascist eugenics in Europe.
In 1939, in her "Birth Control and the Negro," she and Clarence Gamble, of the Procter and Gamble soap company, warned that "the poorer areas, particularly in the South . . . are producing alarmingly more than their share of future generations," and prophesied that black children were destined to become a burden to themselves, to their family, and ultimately to the nation." To defuse claims that the plan was a black "extermination plot," Sanger and Gamble proposed to employ black leaders as "front men," making it appear as though they were in charge. The Sanger/Gamble plan obtained funding from advertising mogul Albert Lasker, who had come up with the famed "Reach for a Lucky Instead of a Sweet" slogan that sold Lucky Strike cigarettes to women.
However, recognizing that the eugenics orientation of Sanger's publications endangered their political movement, mainstream feminists distanced themselves from her views sufficiently enough to ensure passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. Only later would the re-packaged Sanger positions again emerge under the benign sounding name, "Planned Parenthood."
"Because Marxists fundamentally believed that children were the property of society (and not that of their parents), Sanger and her followers apparently felt fully justified in demanding not only that poor families immediately begin controlling their own procreation, but also that governments step in, as well."
So, this is where Hildebeast gets her ideas!!
<< This sick, hateful woman was indeed a first-rate racist and babykiller. Philosophically, she was practically Darwin's eldest daughter. >>
Or, when a baby, anyway, Rosemary's.
[And/or: "Was?" -- I hadn't heard Hitlery Cli'ton / Ruth Bader-Ginsberg / ______________ [Fill in the gap] had died]
You might want to add to the links where she was into profoundly deviant sex practices. This part of her life is not as well known of course either.
(Sort of like how the 'great' poet, Robert Frost, and his life is treated. He had 4 of his female relatives committed to insane asylums, his son committed suicide, and he traveled to Moscow to meet w/ Kruschev .... Frost was a big, big, RED.)
Concerning Sanger, it's amazing how perverts are on the hero pedestal these days. The Kinsey movie is a prime example.
check out her adulteries w/ a fellow named Ellis...
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