House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received Planned Parenthood's annual Margaret Sanger Award this week, riling up abortion opponents.

The Margaret Sanger Award is billed by Planned Parenthood as an award to “recognize leadership, excellence and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement.”

But if you know Sanger’s history with eugenics — the belief that the human species can be improved by controlling who breeds — gives the award a very dark shadow.

Sanger wrote in 1932 about a “Population Congress,” tasked with studying and implementing the findings of eugenicists. Among the priorities: “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 also wrote about rounding up “the whole dysgenic populations” and segregating them to farmlands to work the fields for the rest of their lives.

In her book, “The Pilot of Civilization,” Sanger wrote that charity was “cruelty” because helping the low-income allowed them to reproduce, which was “positively injurious to the community and the future of the race.”

And there you have Planned Parenthood.

In response to Pelosi, a California Democrat, receiving the award, Live Action President Lila Rose issued the following statement:

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, sought the elimination of "human weeds" and those "unfit" to "breed," including African-Americans and the disabled. Those who receive Planned Parenthood’s highest award, which bears her name, out themselves as foot soldiers in the same unjust and violent movement. They march with an industry that piles up profits from the difficult circumstances some women find themselves in, and by destroying innocent human beings.

Nancy Pelosi is really receiving the "Eugenics Award" — the Margaret Sanger Award is a euphemism for exactly this. And the reality behind the euphemism of "abortion" — not a sterile medical procedure but a violent act that kills a newly forming human being — is no less horrific.