By Patrick Vaillancourt |
February 24, 2012

Margaret Sanger and Eugenics

Eugenics Advocate,  and Founder of Planned Parenthood
Eugenics Advocate, and Founder of Planned Parenthood

During the early twentieth century, Margaret Sanger was a notable figure in the Eugenics movement. Eugenics is defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as, a science that deals with the improvement (as by control of human mating) of hereditary qualities of a race or breed.” I think Merriam-Webster makes it sound benign, and uneventful, but eugenics is, arguably, one of the biggest disasters striking both the U.S. and Germany among other nations throughout the world. Here are some eyebrow raising quotes of Sanger:

  • “The unbalance between the birth rate of the ‘unfit’ and the ‘fit,’ [is] the greatest present menace to civilization… the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.”
  • “The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
  • “Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.”
  • “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…”

Eugenics and Nazi Germany

Hitler took Eugenics to its ultimate extreme by exterminating what he and the Nazis perceived as “undesirables” such as Jews, and disabled people. As most people are aware, they rounded-up Jews, and others, and systematically killed them by firing squad at first, and then more scientifically in concentration camps. “The leaders in the German sterilization movement state repeatedly that their legislation was formulated after careful study of the California experiment as reported by Mr. Gosney and Dr. [Paul] Popenoe. It would have been impossible, they say, to undertake such a venture involving some 1 million people without drawing heavily upon previous experience elsewhere.” Who is Dr. Paul Popenoe? He was a leader in the U.S. eugenics movement and wrote (1933) the article ‘Eugenic Sterilization’ in the journal (BCR) that Margaret Sanger started. How many Americans did Dr. Popenoe estimate should be subjected to sterilization? Between five million and ten million Americans. “The situation [in the U.S.A] will grow worse instead of better if steps are not taken to control the reproduction of mentally handicapped. Eugenic sterilization represents one such step that is practicable, humanitarian, and certain in its results.” – Eugenic Sterilization, Birth Control Review, Dr. Paul Popenoe, April 1933

Eugenics Today

Hillary Clinton is on record saying that she enormously admires Sanger. She was once confronted about her admiration of Sanger during a congressional hearing where Rep. Jeff Fortenberry said, “Margaret Sanger clearly embraced bigotry and racism. She advocated for the elimination of the disabled and downtrodden and the black child. In one of her writings she said. ‘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.'” Her response was to compare Thomas Jefferson to Sanger by saying that Jefferson had owned slaves, “Congressman let me say with respect to your comments about Margaret Sanger. You know, I admire Thomas Jefferson. I admire his words and his leadership, and I deplore his unrepentant slave holding. I admire Margaret Sanger being a pioneer in trying to empower woman to have some control over their bodies, and I deplore statements that you have referenced.” “….there are things we admire, and things we deplore.”

The problem with this comparison is that no one in the Liberty movement goes on to say that any part of Jefferson’s ownership of slaves was a good thing. Clinton even calls out the part of Sanger she admired, and that was Sanger’s promotion of woman having an abortion which is basically a reference to Planned Parenthood. Sanger founded Planned Parenthood as a tool of the Eugenics movement. It was created to prevent what eugenicists call “undesirables” from seeing the light of day. The only difference between herself and Hitler was that she disagreed on how to eliminate “undesirables.” She didn’t disagree that there should be an elimination, or weeding out process.

Sanger was a notorious bigot as pointed out by Her Planned Parenthood organization, that she founded, was a way to eliminate the black population as discussed here. “Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are we being targeted? Isn’t that genocide? We are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant. Did you know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the Negro Project designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society? The founder of Planned Parenthood said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” Is her vision being fulfilled today?”