Margaret Sanger- She was about way more than birth control.
Sanger, who really was she? Pro-aborts hold her up to be this pillar of virtue to be respected, honored, admired and loved. If you read her books and articles however I think this shows a completely different side of Sanger, nothing that would warrant anyones respect. I believe she was A very deceptive woman and carefully chose her words and agenda.
I have read some post on here where people have defended her racist remarks because they say society at the time was racist and that what she said was not that outrageous. They seem to defend her no matter what. I can only imagine if she were alive today and said the things she did, what would happen.
We have celebrities that have make statements nothing like she did and their careers have been ruined over them. Who comes to mind...Laura Schlessinger, Don Imus, Mel Gibson, Michael Richard/Kramer etc.... They were all dragged across the coals for their comments and forced to apologize even though they might have been within the right in saying what they said.
I think her statements prove she was a racist. She used many words to describe people…"bad stock", "weeds" etc. Who was she talking about? She was more than racist…she hated the poor, the feeble, mentally handicapped….I am going to include them in the racist area of discussion. She surrounded herself with racists and same thinking people both on a professional and personal level.
I am going to number the quotes and points to make for easier commenting. That might make it easier to stay on the same page. Just use the number when making a reference to the point.
1. One of Sanger's greatest influences, sexologist/eugenicist Dr. Havelock Ellis (with whom she had an affair, leading to her divorce from her first husband), urged mandatory sterilization of the poor as a prerequisite to receiving any public aid. The Problem of Race Regeneration, by Havelock Ellis, p. 65, in Margaret Sanger: Father of Modern Society, p. 18. Ellis believed that any sex was acceptable, as long as it hurt no one. The Sage of Sex, A Life of Havelock Ellis, by Arthur Calder-Marshall, p. 88
2. Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child, she wrote in her "Plan for Peace." Birth Control Review, April 1932
3. "The marriage bed is the most degenerating influence in the social order," Sanger said. (p. 23)
4. The goal of eugenicists is "to prevent the multiplication of bad stocks," wrote Dr. Ernst Rudin in the April 1933 Birth Control Review (of which Sanger was editor). Another article exhorted Americans to "restrict the propagation of those physically, mentally and socially inadequate."
5. "The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."(*)Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race(*)(Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)
6.“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 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.”
Margaret Sanger’s December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts
7. "To give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation [concentration camps] or sterilization".....Margaret Sanger in April 1932 ("A Plan For Peace", Birth Control Review)
8. Sanger said, “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.
Apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.” Sanger, “A Plan For Peace”, Birth Control Review, April 1932, p. 106
9. Sanger said, “It is a vicious cycle; ignorance breeds poverty and poverty breeds ignorance. There is only one cure for both, and that is to stop breeding these things. Stop bringing to birth children whose inheritance cannot be one of health or intelligence. Stop bringing into the world children whose parents cannot provide for them. Herein lies the key of civilization. For upon the foundation of an enlightened and voluntary motherhood shall a future civilization emerge.”
Sanger, What Every Boy and Girl Should Know, 1915, p. 140
10.Margaret Sanger appointed Lothrop Stoddard as a board member of the Birth Control League (the forerunner of Planned Parenthood). What did Stoddard think about Nazi eugenics? Author Stefan Kuhl writes:
"When the Nazis came to power, argued Stoddard, they started to increase "both the size and the quality of the population." They coupled initiatives designed to encourage "sound" citizens to reproduce with a "drastic curb of the defective elements." Stoddard personally witnessed how the Nazis were "weeding out the worst strains in the Germanic stock in a scientific and truly humanitarian way."
Lothrop Stoddard met personally with Adolf Hitler. William L. Shirer, an American colleague who had been in Germany since 1934, complained that the Reich minister for propaganda [Joseph Goebbels] gave special preference to Stoddard because his writings on racial subject were "featured in Nazi school textbooks."
Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, William L. Shire (New York: Alfred Knopf, 1941):257
11. Sanger admitted her entire life's purpose was to promote birth control. An Autobiography, p. 194
Additional quotes coming.