Margaret Sanger, Democrat Party Icon

Picture of Margaret Sanger, 1957

Margaret Sanger, 1957 From Mike Wallace Interview

The left lionizes Margaret Sanger. She is so revered that Planned Parenthood gives out an award bearing her name, and it was won by Hillary Clinton in 2009. Hillary said of Sanger:

“I admire Margaret Sanger enormously her courage, her tenacity, her vision . . . 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.” Read more

Margaret Sanger is worthy of study, as she ironically gave birth to “birth control” in the United States, and its become a cornerstone of the progressive democratic agenda. Planned Parenthood, which Sanger founded, holds tremendous power within the Democrat Party, and as shown above, is idolized. But is Sanger worthy of such admiration, or is she worthy of condemnation?

What were her thoughts, teachings, deeds and who were her friends and close associates? Answering these questions should solve the Sanger riddle.

What is her Democrat Party Connection?

Sanger founded and edited The Birth Control Review from its inception until 1929. Under her leadership, the magazine featured articles that embraced the eugenicist position.

Founded Planned Parenthood and one of the Founding Foremothers of the Progressive Movement. 1

What did Sanger Teach?

“…woman has, through her reproductive ability, founded and perpetuated the tyrannies of the Earth.” 2

“War, famine, poverty and oppression of the workers…will cease only when she limits her reproductivity and human life is no longer a thing to be wasted.” 2

“THE MOST serious evil of our times is that of encouraging the bringing into the world of large families…prostitution, the oppression of labor, child labor, or war…The large family is the one thing necessary to the perpetuation of these and other evils and is therefore a greater evil than any one of them.” 2

“The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” 2

“We want a world freer, happier, cleaner we want a race of thoroughbreds.” 3

“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” 4

“The effort toward racial progress that is being made to-day…is practically wasted…the fact that the ever increasing tide of the unfit is overwhelming all that these agencies are doing for society. They will continue to mark time until they get at the source of these destructive conditions and apply a fundamental remedy. That remedy is birth control.” 2

“Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives.” 2

“The main objects of the Population Congress would be 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[;] to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.” 5

“Prevent useless people from ever existing through “birth control”, controlling who gets the right to be born” 1

“Eugenics without birth control seems to us a house builded upon the sands. It is at the mercy of the rising stream of the unfit.” 6

“While I personally believe in the sterilization (Note: Sanger advocated for “forced sterilization”) of the feeble-minded, the insane and syphilitic, I have not been able to discover that these measures are more than superficial deterrents when applied to the constantly growing stream of the unfit. They are excellent means of meeting a certain phase of the situation, but I believe in regard to these, as in regard to other eugenic means, that they do not go to the bottom of the matter.” 6

Under her leadership, the magazine (Birth Control Review) featured articles that embraced the eugenicist position. If Sanger were as anti-eugenics as Planned Parenthood says she was, she would not have printed as many articles sympathetic to eugenics as she did.”

“The statistics indicate at any rate a surprisingly low rate of intelligence among the classes in which large families and uncontrolled procreation predominate. Those of the lowest grade in intelligence are born of unskilled laborers (with the highest birth rate in the community); the next high among the skilled laborers, and so on to the families of professional people” 7

Was Margaret Sanger a racist?

“Spoke at women’s branch of Ku Klux Klan rally in 1926 in Silver Lake, N.J., getting numerous invitations to speak at other smaller groups” 8

Sanger’s ties to the Eugenics Movement were extensive”

“The first and main point is to secure the general intellectual acceptance of Eugenics as a hopeful and most important study. Then, let its principles work into the heart of the nation” 7

“society at large is breeding an ever-increasing army of under-sized, stunted and dehumanized slaves” 7

“By education, by persuasion, by appeals to racial ethics and religious motives, the ardent Eugenist hopes to increase the fertility of the “fit.”…These stocks, he says, are to be found chiefly among the skilled artisan class, the intelligent working class.” 7

“Birth Control which has been criticized as negative and destructive, is really the greatest and most truly eugenic method” 7

“Throughout its 284 pages (reference to Sanger’s 1922 bookThe Pivot Of Civilization), Margaret unashamedly called for the elimination of “human weeds,” for the cessation of charity, for the segregation of “morons, misfits, and the maladjusted” and for the sterilization of “genetically inferior races.” 9

Margaret Sanger’s Racist Friends and Associates: you are known by the company that you keep! Here are a few:

Hans Harmsen “Hans Harmsen, a German physician, was an important scientific and academic supporter of Nazi policies in the 1930s and 1940s, such as the inhumane 1933 sterilization law that mandated coercion.”

“Harmsen became the president of Pro Familia,the German affiliate of Sangers’ International Planned Parenthood Federation, in 1952.”

Harry Laughlin“The logical conclusion is that the differences in institutional rations, by races and nativity groups represents real differences in social values, which represent, in turn, real differences in the inborn values of the family stocks from which the particular inmates have sprung. These degeneracies and hereditary handicaps are inherent in the blood.”

“He promoted Nazism during the 1930s, approving of its racist laws.”

Lothrop Stoddard“A famous racist whom Margaret Sanger actively engaged to work with her organizations.”

Clarence Gamble“Gamble was a racist and ardent eugenicist. He was actively involved in the eugenic sterilization group, Birthright (later the Human Betterment Association), and opened more than twenty eugenic sterilization clinics in the Midwest and the South.”

Guy Irving Burch“…he wrote that he had worked to prevent sound American stock from being replaced by alien or negro stock, whether it be by immigration or by overly high birth rates among others in this country.”

Margaret Sangers’ legacy of Eugenics and “purifying the American gene pool”.

79 percent of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of black or Hispanic communities.”

“Between 2007 and 2010, nearly 36 percent of all abortions in the United States were performed on black children, even though black Americans make up only 13 percent of our population. A further 21 percent of abortions were performed on Hispanics, and 7 percent more on other minority groups, for a total of 64 percent of U.S. abortions tragically performed on minority groups” 10

What Sanger promoted in “Birth Control” and what we think of “Birth Control” today are different things. She did promote contraception, and abortions, but she also advocated for forced sterilizations and eugenics, both of which would be considered heinous acts today, even crimes against humanity.

If Margaret Sanger did not fully believe in and support eugenics, then why did she print so many articles about it in her magazine The Birth Control Review, and associate with so many others who tried to institutionalize it?

Answering the question about Margaret Sanger creates an ever bigger question, why is she so loved by the Democrat Party?

Sources:

1 Hillary’s America.

2 Margaret Sanger (18791966). Woman and the New Race.1920.

3 1926 edition of the newspaper for Reading, Pennsylvania (The Reading News – Times).

4 Margaret Sanger commenting on the Negro Project in a letter to Clarence Gamble, Dec. 10, 1939.

5 A Plan for Peace, 1932.

6 “Birth Control and Racial Betterment”, Feb. 1919, The Birth Control Review.

7The Pivot Of Civilization, Margaret Sanger, 1922.

8 Margaret Sanger, An Autobiography, Page 366.

9 Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood, George Grant. (ebook page 1210).

10 The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Abortion Surveillance Report.