This piece originally appeared at The Libertarian Republic by Caleb Shumate
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, an organization that is a significant contributor to America’s genocide of the unborn, died on September 6, 1966. In light of the overturn of Roe v. Wade, it's a good time to revisit her ideals as her legacy now lies in tatters at the feet of the Supreme Court.
1. “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… If we are to make racial progress, this development of womanhood must precede motherhood in every individual woman.” — “Woman and the New Race,” 1920
Here we see clearly stated that Sanger’s goal was the extermination of certain ethnicities and people groups she deemed to be “unfit.” She saw birth control as a means to accomplish her eugenicist goals.
2. “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.”- from “My Way to Peace,” Jan. 17, 1932. Margaret Sanger Papers, Library of Congress 130:198.
Forced sterilization of “the unfit” was commonly advocated for among Progressives of the late 19th and early 20th century. The founder of one of the country’s largest abortion mills is no exception.
3. “As an advocate of birth control, I wish to take advantage of the present opportunity 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 feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation to the mentally and physically fit though less fertile parents of the educated and well-to-do classes. On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the overfertility of the mentally and physically defective”.- from Eugenics Value of Birth Control Propaganda 1921
The outright evil and arrogance of Sanger are on full display here as we can see some sort of god complex – as if she can determine who deserves life and who doesn’t. All life is valuable no matter what circumstances an individual is born into!
4. “Again, however, we must stress the fact that in a national program for human conservation institutional and voluntary sterilization are not enough; they do not reach those elements at large in the population whose children are a menace to the national health and well-being. (“Human Conservation and Birth Control,” typed speech. March 3, 1938.)
Voluntary sterilization wasn’t enough for this wicked witch. She would stop at nothing to kill those she didn’t like, which speaks volumes when you consider that the organization she founded has created a genocide of Black Americans.
5. “Our immigration laws forbid the entrance into this country of paupers, insane, feeble-minded and diseased people from other lands. Why not extend the idea and discourage the bringing to birth these same types within our borders. Let us stop reproducing and perpetuation disease, insanity and ignorance. Stop these and other evils at their source by a national policy and education of birth control.”-from “Stop Perpetuating the Unfit by a National Policy of Limitations of Families.” Published in “The New York American” December 28, 1921.
Much like President Woodrow Wilson and the other Progressives of their day, Sanger didn’t want immigrants coming to America and mixing with native-born citizens because she thought it would pollute their white bloodline. You can’t get much more racist than that.
These words are not mine. I simply let the evil hatred in Sanger’s words speak for itself.
As we reflect on these words, may we realize that without life, liberty can’t exist. This type of thinking is not only vile, but antithetical to the ideas in America’s founding documents.