Dear Mz. Sanger,
You did it. Your every racist eugenic fantasy has come true.
Jennie Stone of Live Action wrote a piece today detailing how Planned Parenthood founder wasn’t truly “pro-choice.”
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, is often hailed as a champion of women’s rights in historical texts and classes. However, chronically neglected is her true disdain for minority groups in America and how she saw birth control as a way of limiting the populations of those she deemed unworthy of bearing children, even going so far as to advocate that married couples must submit applications in order to have children!
Sanger saw minorities (especially blacks) as “human weeds” that she believed “never should have been born” and published in her magazine, the “Birth Control Review,” that birth control was intended to “create a race of thoroughbreds,” and ensure that society had “more children from the fit, less from the unfit.”
In 1934, Sanger suggested that the government should consider putting birth control chemicals in the food and water supplies in certain areas of the nation, specifically in urban areas that were dominated by minority groups. She suggested an imposed law that would disallow women from having children without first obtaining a permit from the government—a permit that would good for only one baby—and if approved, the couple would receive an antidote to counter the effects of the involuntarily ingested birth control chemicals.
Although Planned Parenthood today honors Sanger, they often leave out her racist and eugenics views.
But that’s not to say that Planned Parenthood and its advocates don’t believe in it anymore.
It’s no accident that many more abortion clinics are found in areas dominated by poor and minorities. Accident?
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Vader Ginsburg openly told the NY Times: “Frankly I had thought that at the time [Roe v. Wade] was decided…there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”
Who would it be we don’t we want “too many of?” She said this concerning Medicaid funding of abortion.
Jonah Goldberg reminds us of another instance of outrageous racist eugenics.
In 1992, Ron Weddington, co-counsel in the Roe v. Wade case, wrote a letter to President-elect Clinton, imploring him to rush RU-486 — a.k.a. “the abortion pill” — to market as quickly as possible.
“(Y)ou can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country,” Weddington insisted. All the president had to do was make abortion cheap and easy for the populations we don’t want. “It’s what we all know is true, but we only whisper it. . . . Think of all the poverty, crime and misery . . . and then add 30 million unwanted babies to the scenario. We lost a lot of ground during the Reagan-Bush religious orgy. We don’t have a lot of time left.”
Weddington offered a clue about who, in particular, he had in mind: “For every Jesse Jackson who has fought his way out of the poverty of a large family, there are millions mired in poverty, drugs and crime.” Ah, right. Jesse Jackson. Got it.
Jill Stanek recently reported on the breakdown of abortions by zip code in the New York area. It turns out over 60% of black babies are aborted there. In some neighborhoods the number is well over that.
And even worse, Medicaid is paying for many of them.
So we all should recognize that even though most people think eugenics went the way of Hitler, it’s still alive and well – Sanger style.