The Origins of Planned Parenthood


“Margaret Higgins Sanger (September 14, 1879-September 6, 1966) was an American sex educator…and established Planned Parenthood.”  Wikipedia

“Sanger in her book, Woman and the New Race, bluntly declared, ‘The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.’”Edwin Black, War Against The Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race, p. 133

“Sanger surrounded herself with some of the eugenics movement’s most outspoken racists and white supremacists.  Chief among them was Lothrop Stoddard, author of The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy.  Stoddard’s book, devoted to the notion of a superior Nordic race, became a eugenic gospel.” Ibid.

“More than a Malthusian, Sanger became an outspoken social Darwinist, even looking beyond the ideas of Spencer.  In her 1922 book, Pivot of Civilization, Sanger thoroughly condemned charitable action.  She devoted a full chapter to a denigration of charity and a deprecation of the lower classes.”  Ibid., p. 129

“Texas barred Planned Parenthood clinics in the state from participating in a program that subsidizes health and family-planning service for uninsured, low-income women, after a U.S. appeals court ruling late Monday paved the way for the move.

“The Texas Women’s Health Program last year provided $41 million, much of it federal funds, for services such as birth control and breast-and cervical-cancer screenings.  Some $13 million of that went to 49 Planned Parenthood clinics that don’t provide abortions, the clinics said.  Clinics that provide abortion, including 14 Planned Parenthood ones, have long been barred from the program.

“Texas adopted new rules, effective Tuesday, that cut off funding to all clinics ‘affiliated’ with abortion providers—a move that excludes all Planned Parenthood clinics.

“Because of the new restriction, the Obama administration said it no longer would fund the Texas program, but Gov. Rick Perry has said the state could pay for the program itself.”  Nathan Koppel, The Wall Street Journal, May 2, 2012, p. A4


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