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Margaret Sanger's Controversial Legacy

Updated on December 24, 2014

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“It is a vicious cycle; ignorance breeds poverty and poverty breeds ignorance. There is only one cure for both, and that is to stoop breeding these things. Stop bringing to birth children whose inheritance cannot be one of health or intelligence. Stop bringing into the world children whose parents cannot provide for them.”- Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger (September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966) was an American sex educator, birth control activist and founder of the American BirthControl League (ABCL.) ABCL along with other groups eventually became known as Planned Parenthood.

Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood, openly advocated for the extermination of black children and Hillary Clinton, current U.S. Secretary of State, is a huge fan. Clinton accepted Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award on March 28, 2009. Concerning the honor she said: “Now, I have to tell you that it was a great privilege when I was told I would receive this award. I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision.”

A Controversial Figure

Sanger remains a controversial figure. While largely credited as a leader of the modern birth control movement, pro-life advocates condemn her views. Critics claim her efforts to promote birth control amounts to nothing less than to a desire to "purify" the human race through eugenics and eliminating minority races by placing birth control clinics in minority neighborhoods.

At a March 1925 international birth control gathering in New York City, a male speaker warned of dangers presented by the "black" and "yellow" peril. He was not a Nazi or Klansman; he was Dr. S. Adolphus Knopf, a member of Margaret Sanger's American Birth Control League.

Sometime during the mid 1920’s Sanger was invited to speak at a Ku Klux Klan rally. "I accepted an invitation to talk to the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan...I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses...I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak...In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered." (Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography, P.366)


Klan Rally

We do not know exactly what else Sanger may have said at the Klan Rally when she spoke. However, if the goal of Sanger and the Ku Klux Klan was to wreak havoc and death upon the African-American community, Margaret Sanger could proudly report today: "Mission Accomplished!"

Evidence supporting these claims isn’t hard to find. Today, almost as many African-American children are aborted as are born and a black baby is three times more likely to be murdered in the womb than a white one.

Other statistics are just as shocking. Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent and twice as many African-Americans have died from abortion than have died from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined.

Did you know Planned Parenthood operates the nation's largest chain of abortion clinics and almost 80 percent of its facilities are located in minority neighborhoods?

About 13 percent of American women are black, but they account for over 35 percent of the abortions. In fact, many now even refer to the organization Sanger founded as “Klan Parenthood.”

In 1939 Sanger's larger vision for dealing with reproductive practices of black Americans came to the forefront. It was about this time her Clinical Research Bureau and the ABCL merged to form the Birth Control Federation of America (BCFA.) Dr. Clarence J. Gamble was selected to its’ regional director for the South.

Gamble quickly drew up a memorandum entitled "Suggestion for Negro Project." Fearing black leaders might regard birth control as an extermination plot he suggested they be placed in positions where it would appear that they were in charge as it was at an Atlanta conference.

There is no doubt Gamble saw the project almost as a traveling road show. A charismatic black minister was to start a revival, with "contributions" to come from other local cooperating ministers. A "colored nurse" would follow, supported by a subsidized "colored doctor."

Sanger agreed with Gamble’s assessment. She wrote: "We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten that idea out if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."

In his book,Killer Angel,” George Grant reveals the true story behind one of the biggest myths in our culture today, the life and legacy of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood.

Through detailed research, Grant goes to the core of Sanger's true character and ideology, which included racism, revolutionary socialism, sexual perversion and insatiable avarice. Grant supports his accusations with direct quotes from sources such as Sanger's Birth Control Review. He details Sanger's disturbed and unhappy upbringing in which Sanger admitted contributed to her agitation and bitterness later in life. And according to Sanger these things eventually led to fixation with drugs, alcohol and the occult.

Grant found Sanger's involvement in the Eugenics movement particularly shocking. Sanger was thoroughly convinced “inferior races” were in fact “human weeds” and a “menace to civilization.”

Grant's book has proven to be a threat to those supporting Planned Parenthood. In fact, Killer Angel was recently banned from a public library in Toledo, Ohio. A library manager wrote "The author's political and social agenda is not appropriate even in a critical biography of its subject." Grant retaliated with "The question at hand is whether librarians should be making subjective judgments about my political beliefs and the beliefs of other authors."

Despite Margaret Sanger's contributions to birth control, women's freedom and empowerment, her legacy and image will be forever tarnished by her sympathies with eugenics.

A recent reminder of Sanger's impact on our society came when the Equal employment Opportunity Commission found that it is illegal sex discrimination to exclude prescription contraceptives from an otherwise comprehensive health benefits plan. Sanger's efforts to provide access to contraception are at the foundation of decisions to provide equal access to prescription contraceptives and other prescriptions.

To many, "racially insensitive" is too mild a description for Sanger’s agenda. Some of her statements, taken in or out of context, were simply racist…such as this incriminating quote: "Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying . . . demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism."

Who determines who is a moron and how would they be segregated?


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    • GeorgeFittleworth profile image


      3 years ago

      Clear evidence of racism.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      The "KKK picture with Sanger is photo shopped. She didn't actually speak to Klansmen, she spoke to a women's auxiliary.


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