One of the greatest mysteries of the modern era is that Planned Parenthood can continue to embrace the perverse ideals of its founder, eugenics enthusiast Margaret Sanger, and meet zero pushback from the self-professed defenders of equality and inclusivity.
On the contrary, Sanger enjoys an exalted place in American culture. Healthcare reporters still accept awards named in her honor!
If life was consistent, Sanger would be treated with the same disgust we hold today for the quacks who promoted bigoted “sciences” like phrenology. But life isn't consistent, which is why Planned Parenthood can go on promoting stuff like this and meet minimal resistance from the press and powerful political interests:
If you're a Black woman in America, it's statistically safer to have an abortion than to carry a pregnancy to term or give birth #ScaryStats— PP Black Community (@PPBlackComm) October 31, 2017
“If you're a Black woman in America, it's statistically safer to have an abortion than to carry a pregnancy to term or give birth #ScaryStats,” tweeted Planned Parenthood.
Ah, yes. A message that can be summed up as “If you’re African-American, you’re probably better off having an abortion” would make Sanger proud indeed.
Remember, Sanger is the same person who once wrote in a chapter titled “The Wickedness of Creating Large Families” (come on!) that the “most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
The crux of Planned Parenthood’s social media note Tuesday is every bit as depraved as the ideology pushed by the Birth Control Review, which Sanger oversaw as editor from 1917 to 1929.
That newsletter, by the way, would go on to publish submissions from noted eugenicists, including Professor Dr. Ernst Rudin, curator of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Genetics and Eugenics during the reign of Adolf Hitler.
The newsletter also published an article in April 1933 authored by noted eugenicist Paul Popenoe, who wrote that Nazi Germany should be praised for, "proceeding towards a policy that will accord with the best thought of eugenicists in all civilized countries."
Are we having fun yet?
Sanger also wrote that the United States should, “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.”
She wrote that 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.”
Planned Parenthood’s founder, who also once said, “More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control,” wrote of those she considered “unfit” that they ought to be relocated to “farm lands and homesteads” where “they would be taught to work under competent instructors for the period of their entire lives.”
You’d think that the woman who oversaw a newsletter that bore the subhead "Birth control: to create a race of thoroughbreds" would be treated today as persona non grata in circles that claim to promote justice for the oppressed and the destitute.
But life is weird, and Sanger is anything but a pariah. Her twisted ideals live on in the organization she founded, and you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone outside of right-leaning circles willing to voice even the mildest criticism.