February 10, 2015
On January 22, 2015, feminists all across the country sang praises on the anniversary of Roe V. Wade, granting the “right” to kill their unborn baby. It is their most sacred sacrament given to them by their apostle Margaret Sanger.
Margaret Sanger was born shortly after the Civil War during the time of Reconstruction. Her father was an outspoken political radical whom many claim encouraged Margaret to always speak her mind, which she did. Margaret called him a lazy drunk who forced her mother to have too many children which Margaret blamed for her early death.
From here the myth of Margaret Sanger begins. PBS praises her saying she “devoted her life to legalizing birth control and making it universally available for women.” Wikipedia touts her as “an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse... [who] popularized the term birth control.” Biography.com states, “Sanger fought for women's rights her entire life,” calling her an “activist” and a “social reformer”.
Feminists worship Sanger for giving them the freedom to have control over their reproductive lives. The truth is Sanger and her socialist friends were the ones seeking control.
While still a nurse, Margaret married William Sanger in 1902. Moving to Greenwich Village in Manhattan in 1910, their social circle consisted of the likes of Upton Sinclair, writer and Socialist/Democrat politician, and anarchist Emma Goldman. Sanger joined the Liberal Club, the Women’s Committee of the New York Socialist Party and sent her son to Ferrer school founded by anarchists.
Margaret contributed articles on health to the socialist paper New York Call. By 1914 she quit nursing and started her own feminist publication, The Woman Rebel, with the slogan “No Gods, No Masters”. She sent contraceptive information through the mail, which violated the The Comstock Act of 1873, landing Margaret in legal trouble. Estranged from her husband, she fled to England where she continued her work. Margaret had affairs with psychologist and eugenics supporter Havelock Ellis as well as writer and socialist H.G. Wells.
When she returned to the US she opened the first birth control clinic in America in 1916. She created Birth Control Review in 1917 and founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, later renamed Planned Parenthood Federation. She is championed for bringing safe and effective birth control to the states. What supporters so conveniently deny is her underlying purpose.
While in Europe, Margaret learned the art of persuasion. Her socialist and eugenic friends instructed her on using “family compassion and planning” as propaganda for their cause. It deceived people into thinking that free, inconsequential love and small families were the modern, feminist way to control their bodies. It allowed the real agenda of controlled breeding for human perfection and population management to be accomplished with wide support and participation. She used her mother’s hardship of 18 pregnancies that included seven miscarriages to gain credibility. In reality Margaret’s progressive ideology was the predecessor that gave birth to Hitler’s “perfect race” campaign. As Margaret instructed teenagers in a 1915 handbook, “Stop bringing to birth children whose inheritance cannot be one of health or intelligence.”
Sanger continued her crusade against inferior races with an article in Birth Control Review in 1921, sounding remarkably like Nazi propaganda produced by Joseph Goebbels. "The undeniably feebleminded should indeed, not only be discouraged but prevented from propagating their kind." Birth control was intended “to create a race of thoroughbreds” and “must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.” She referred to blacks, immigrants and the poor as “human weed” and “reckless breeders”, insisting “we are failing to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying… a dead weight of human waste… an ever-increasing spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.” As a good socialist, she contended the state should control who would have the right to bear children.
A quick examination of some of her closest friends, supporters, allies and co-workers, her true goals are unquestionable. Author of The Rising Tide of Color against White Supremacy, colleague Lothrop Stoddard admired how the Nazis were "weeding out the worst strains in the Germanic stock in a scientific and truly humanitarian way." His writings were used in Nazi textbooks. Margaret rewarded him with a seat on the Board of her American Birth Control League. Another Board member, Dr. Harry Laughlin, spoke adamantly of purifying the American breed. He advocated cleansing the gene pool of “bad strains.”
In 1939 the regional director of the South of her newly formed Birth Control Federation of America group, Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, of the Procter and Gamble company, proposed the Negro Project which Margaret embraced wholeheartedly. Fearing Negros might reject their cleansing ritual, Gamble suggested seeking out black religious leaders who would rally for their cause. In a letter to Gamble on Dec. 10, 1939, Margaret wrote, “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, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
Supporters claim she wanted to extend birth control to poor blacks and was concerned some might wrongfully conclude they desired to eliminate the race. It’s a reasonable argument if she had not stated that she "accepted an invitation to talk to the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan,” boasting “In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered." I wonder what message got the KKK so excited they extended 12 more engagements to her on the spot. Her efforts have been successful as black women, who make up only 12.6% of the population, are 3 times more likely to abort their unborn baby that a white woman. In 2009, 35.4% of all abortions were of black babies while 36% were non-Hispanic white, which make up 63.7% of the population.
Probably Margaret’s most famous supporter and a contributor to her Birth Control Review was playwright George Bernard Shaw. He stated, “I don’t want to punish anybody, but there are an extraordinary number of people who I might want to kill…I think it would be a good thing to make everybody come before a properly appointed board just as he might come before the income tax commissioner and say every 5 years or every 7 years…just put them there and say, ‘Sir or madam will you be kind enough to justify your existence…if you’re not producing as much as you consume or perhaps a little bit more then clearly we cannot use the big organization of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive. Because your life does not benefit us and it can’t be of very much use to yourself.'”
Shaw, sounding remarkably like Nazi Propaganda Minister Goebbels, “...appeal(ed) to the chemists to discover a humane gas that will kill instantly and painlessly. In short- a gentlemanly gas deadly by all means, but humane, not cruel.” It is no wonder Shaw admired National Socialist leader Adolf Hitler in his efforts to produce the perfect Aryan race in Germany. They shared a common view of other inferior races and people.
Many abhor Hitler for what he did to the Jews, but few know that he started his cleansing of the German race with the eradication of mentally and physically handicapped people. It did not take long for the Nazis to use Shaw’s arguments to justify the elimination of the weak to the benefit of the ‘master race’.
As much as we detest Hitler’s actions, he was merely carrying out the beliefs of Margaret Sanger, George Bernard Shaw, Woodrow Wilson, and Teddy Roosevelt before him. In fact, Hitler acquired the idea of forced sterilization of the mentally handicapped from American laws supported by the Supreme Court. Hitler wasn’t a lone mad man. He built his foundation of wiping out inferior people through the works and writings of American socialist eugenicists and existing American laws to support his actions in Germany.
Hitler slaughtered 6 million Jews and is considered the most vile man of the 20th Century. Margaret Sanger’s efforts have led to 58 million babies being slaughtered since Roe v. Wade and she’s hailed as a champion of women’s rights.
As socialist herself, Margaret’s beliefs nurtured Hitler’s National Socialists of Germany. “Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need … We must prevent multiplication of this bad stock.” In an article titled The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda, she wrote “Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.”
Margaret was never about a woman’s right to control her own reproduction. It was a convenient cover. In an April 1932 Birth Control Review piece, Margaret laid out her “Plan for Peace,” including:
- to keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race, such as feebleminded, idiots, morons, insane, syphilitic, epileptic, criminal, professional prostitutes, and others in this class barred by the immigration laws of 1924.
- 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 insure the country against future burdens of maintenance for numerous offspring as may be born of feebleminded parents, by pensioning all persons with transmissible disease who voluntarily consent to sterilization.
- to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.
- to apportion farm lands and homesteads for these segregated persons where they would be taught to work under competent instructors for the period of their entire lives.
The last point is nothing less that the rebirth of legalized slavery.
In her March 27, 1934, article for American Weekly, she proclaimed in America Needs a Code for Babies, the following arguments.
Article 1: The purpose of the American Baby Code shall be to provide for a better distribution of babies… and to protect society against the propagation and increase of the unfit.
Article 4: No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit…
Article 6: No permit for parenthood shall be valid for more than one birth.
According to Margaret, “Funds that should be used to raise the standard of our civilization are diverted to the maintenance of those who should never have been born." In her eyes, “Non-Aryan people [of the United States are] a great biological menace to the future of civilization."
Despite Margaret’s obvious disdain for blacks, some of the strongest supporters of Planned Parenthood are African-Americans. Her actions and words are excused with barely a consideration. Some forgive her positions on sterilization and eugenics as just common thinking of the time. If you accept this argument, then what did Hitler do that was all that wrong? His actions were nothing more than the perfection and expansion of the popular arguments coming from the brilliant American progressive and socialist thinkers of the time, including Sanger.
Liberty, I am not saying that I am against being responsible in our reproductive habits. God told us to “be fruitful and multiply”, but he also demands leadership and faithfulness within the family unit. We were married 19 years before you were born which wasn’t by accident. My problem with Margaret Sanger was her desire for “control” to rid the world of “undesirables”, striving for the perfect, healthy, intellectual race. Well, we lost that when Adam and Eve sinned.
Every family has members who Margaret would not consider worthy of life. Someone with Downs Syndrome, dwarfism, blindness, deafness, autism, cancer, low IQ, non-Caucasian ancestry, or small government values would be dangers to social evolution. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have a purpose.
Margaret, while believing she was bettering society, was making government a god with the right to decide who was worthy of life and liberty and who wasn’t. Now millions of babies are being killed every year because socialist progressives actually took responsibility away from the individual, giving them a quick means of not being held accountable for their actions.
Many are convinced Margaret’s motivation was purely for the advancement of women’s rights. From her own words and those of her closest friends, I show clear evidence that she believed some people, basically minorities and the poor, were lesser people. That is always the common believe among progressive and socialist elites. However, in God’s eyes, we are all the same. We are all sinners, we are all His children, and we are all worthy of life and his forgiveness through His Son Jesus Christ.
That’s my 2 cents.
SANGER AND EUGENICS AND SOCIALISM, OH MY