Who was Margaret Sanger
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"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." (1)
Just as a nation's "head" defines the character and vision of the nation, so an organization's "head" defines the character and vision of that organization.
Margaret Sanger was born on September 13, 1879 in the state of New York. She was the 6th of 11 children. She attended Claverack College of the Hudson River Institute, where she got her first taste of radical politics, suffragette feminism, and unfettered sex. (2) She taught two terms as a kindergarten teacher, began a nursing career, but never finished her training. (3) She married into wealth (William Sanger) and birthed three children. She later abandoned her family in Europe to return to the U.S. to devote her time to her many causes.
She joined the
Socialist Party and wrote for the Party newspaper, The Call.
She lectured around the country, discoursing on everything from the necessity of
free love, the nobility of incendiary violence, and the evils of capitalism, to
the virtues of assassination.
She published her own newspaper, The Woman Rebel, whose slogan was "No
Gods, No Masters!" She denounced marriage as a "degenerate institution,"
capitalism as "indecent exploitation," and sexual modesty as "obscene prudery."
She published a number of articles in The Birth Control Review that mirrored Hitler's Aryan-White Supremacist rhetoric. She even commissioned Dr. Ernst Rudin, the director of the Nazi Medical Experimentation program, to write for the Review himself. (7) In 1931, Sanger founded the Population Association of America, headed by Henry Pratt Fairchild, the leading academic racist of the decade. (8) In 1932 she outlined her "Plan for Peace," calling for coercive sterilization, mandatory segregation, and rehabilitative concentration camps for all "dysgenic stock." (9) Later, Margaret Sanger described her own family's life together as "joyless and filled with drudgery and fear." (10) By the time she died on September 6, 1966, she had lost everything: money, love, happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment, family and friends.
During the 1980s Planned Parenthood shifted its focus from community-based clinics to school-based clinics. Of the over one-hundred school-based clinics that have opened nationwide in the last decade, none have been at substantially all-white schools. None have been at suburban middle-class schools. Virtually all have been at Black, minority, or ethnic schools. (11) In most Black communities today abortions outstrip births by as much as three-to-one. (12) Thirty-two percent of all abortions are performed on minority mothers. (13) The sterilization rate among Blacks if 45% higher than among Whites. (14) Among Hispanics the rate is 30% higher. (15) As many as 42% of all American Indian women are 35% of all Puerto Rican women have been sterilized. (16)
In Houston, Texas and Fort Wayne, Indiana, discount coupons, pop records and sponsored dances have been used by Planned Parenthood to lure minority women into their clinics. (17) In other cities clients are bribed with cash or prizes. (18) Black Final Analyst William L. Davis argues, "There is no way to escape the implication. When an organization has a history of racism, when its literature is openly racist, when its goals are self-consciously racial, and when its programs invariable revolve around race, it doesn't take an expert to realize that the organization is indeed racist. Really now, how can anyone believe anything about Planned Parenthood except that it is a hive of elitist bigotry, prejudice, and bias? Just because the organization has a smattering of minority staffers in key positions does nothing to dispel the plain facts. (19)
Planned Parenthood is in the sex business. Planned Parenthood is the world's oldest, largest and best organized provider of abortion and birth control services. (20) It does not offer comprehensive health care at any of its clinics, affiliates, or chapters in in this country. If a treatment, procedure, prescription, therapy, examination, remedy, regimen or care is unrelated to sex, Planned Parenthood doesn't offer it. (21) After all, sex sells. Planned Parenthood claims to advocate the freedom of women to choose if and when they will have children. (22) The truth is that from its very inception, Planned Parenthood has sought mandatory population control measures - measures carefully designed to deny the freedom to choose. (23)
Planned Parenthood claims to serve the needs of poor women and low-income families. (24) The truth is they appear to want to eliminate the poor, not serve them. (25) Planned Parenthood has always targeted the minorities, the unwanted, the disadvantaged for family limitation, contraception, abortion and sterilization. (26) In Margaret Sanger's own words, "More children from the fit, less from the unfit." (27) She called for the elimination of "human weeds," for the cessation of charity, for the segregation of "morons, misfits, and the maladjusted," and for the sterilization of "genetically inferior races." (28)
Planned Parenthood claims to be a privately funded, non-profit family planning organization. (29) The truth is, it is not an "organization"; it is an association of many hundreds of separately incorporated organizations worldwide. (30) It is by no more "privately funded" either. (31) A vast proportion of Planned Parenthood funding at every level comes right out of the American taxpayers pocket (32) . . . your pocket. To add insult to injury, the cost of family planning services at Planned Parenthood is directly related to who pays the bill - the client or the taxpayer. (33) When the taxpayer (you) pays, services are between two to four times more expensive. (34)
Planned Parenthood claims that it is in the forefront of the battle against sexually transmitted diseases. (35) The truth is, Planned Parenthood's efforts have been tragically counter-productive. (36) 80% of their clients receive non-barrier contraceptives (37), and 88% of those who previously practices "safe sex" are dissuaded from continuing. (38) This has encouraged the spread of syphilis, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, herpes, hepatitis, granuloma, cancroids, and even AIDS.
Planned Parenthood claims that sex education is a necessary and effective means of preventing teen pregnancies. (39) The truth is, Planned Parenthood's sex education programs have backfired, actually increasing teen pregnancies. (40) They don't solve the problems posed by the teen sexuality crisis. (41) They advocate unrestricted sex ed propagation - kindergarten through twelfth grade. (42) Two decades of Planned Parenthood-style sex education has resulted in a 90% increase in teen pregnancy. (43) and a 230% increase in teen abortions. (44)
Planned Parenthood claims that its birth-control, sex education and abortion juggernaut is essential to control rapid population growth. The truth is there is no population explosion. Fertility in the United States has been below replacement level since 1962. (45) Many researchers are now concerned about a "birth dearth." (46) World wide, the birthrate is now falling faster than the mortality rate for the first time in recorded history. (47)
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