Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The dark origins of Planned Parenthood

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, published articles in support of eugenics, a practice employed by the Nazis in Germany, with their plan to create a "master race" by eliminating those they deemed inferior.

Consider these quotes from Margaret Sanger:

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. -- Margaret Sanger, Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.

We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful education 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. -- [Margaret Sanger's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.]

As an advocate of birth control I wish ...to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the `unfit' and the `fit,' admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation...On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective. -- [Margaret Sanger. ``The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda.'' Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.]

The campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical with the final aims of eugenics. -- [Margaret Sanger. ``The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda.'' Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.]

Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying ..... demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism .... . [Philanthropists] encourage the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant ..... We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all. -- [Margaret Sanger. The Pivot of Civilization, 1922. Chapter on ``The Cruelty of Charity,'' pages 116, 122, and 189. Swarthmore College Library edition.]

The undeniably feeble-minded should, indeed, not only be discouraged but prevented from propagating their kind. -- [Margaret Sanger, quoted in Charles Valenza. ``Was Margaret Sanger a Racist?'' Family Planning Perspectives, January-February 1985, page 44.]

The third group [of society] are those irresponsible and reckless ones having little regard for the consequences of their acts, or whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers. Many of this group are diseased, feeble-minded, and are of the pauper element dependent upon the normal and fit members of society for their support. There is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped. -- [Margaret Sanger. Speech quoted in Birth Control: What It Is, How It Works, What It Will Do. The Proceedings of the First American Birth Control Conference. Held at the Hotel Plaza, New York City, November 11-12, 1921. Published by the Birth Control Review, Gothic Press, pages 172 and 174.]

Give dysgenic groups [people with `bad genes'] in our population their choice of segregation or [compulsory] sterilization. -- [Margaret Sanger, April 1932 Birth Control Review.]

I wonder if President Obama is aware that Planned Parenthood, to which he has made promises in support of abortion "rights", was founded by someone who would have considered him inferior because of the color of his skin. I wonder if other pro-abortion politicians who are also African-American are aware of the evil they support.

I pray that the African-American community turn their attention to those who much better represent their interestss, such as Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, who is Pro-Life and is a Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life. I made a post about her on this blog not too long ago where I showed a quote by the late Dr. Martin Luther King, which began a letter that his niece Dr. Alveda King wrote to the African-American community. Dr. Martin Luther King said:

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for personal comfort and safety."- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the letter Dr. Alveda King wrote to the African-American community she said:

This is an open letter to appeal to all people who respect the work, life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. More specifically, it is a wake-up call to the African American community. As a mature, Black, female living in America, my heart weeps every time I hear or see stories about our youth cut down in acts of senseless violence. Time after time, I have asked the question, HOW CAN THE DREAM SURVIVE IF WE MURDER THE CHILDREN?

Dr. Alveda C. King, Pastoral Associate

Read more here.... http://priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/openletter.htm


Rick said...

As a Protestant minister, I appreciate and applaud all of my Christian brothers and sisters in the Catholic faith who have led the charge against abortion.

Again, thanks for your pro-life blog.



GeorgeLovingLife said...

Thank you Rev. for your kind remarks. I'm glad that this is well received. We all need to work together to bring an end to the terrible tragedy of abortion.

Peace in Christ,