Sanger’s connections to eugenicist development have for some time now been criticized by conservatives. The leaked draft of a majority Supreme Court assessment recommending that the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling is on the edge of being struck down has flung dubious early termination advocate and planned parenthood founder Margaret Sanger back to the forefront of the abortion debate.
Sanger, a birth control lobbyist and nurse who established what became planned parenthood back in 1916, has been referenced by numerous conservatives on social media following the leaked SCOTUS opinion last week.
Sanger’s controversial writings and uproar that came about because of them throughout the years has caused planned parenthood to disavow her in a New York Times op-ed piece last year. Sanger was a lifelong fan of eugenics, which was a very popular method of supporting specific breeding that frequently targeted people of color and the disabled.
“It is said that the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development, has so little sexual control that police authority alone prevents him from obtaining sexual satisfaction on the streets,” Sanger wrote in an article titled, “What Every Girl Should Know.”
Sanger’s compositions contain support for “stopping” the “reproduction of the unfit,” sterilization programs that the Nazis carried out. She was additionally featured as a guest of the Ku Klux Klan.
“Seemingly every new approach to the great problem of the human race must manifest its vitality by running the gauntlet of prejudice, ridicule and misinterpretation. Eugenists may remember that not many years ago this program for race regeneration was subjected to the cruel ridicule of stupidity and ignorance,” Sanger wrote in 1921. “Today Eugenics is suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems. The most intransigent and daring teachers and scientists have lent their support to this great biological interpretation of the human race. The war has emphasized its necessity.”
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Planned parenthood said last year that it can “no longer make excuses or apologize” for Sanger’s works and actions, trying to distance themselves from it, yet “can’t simply call her racist, scrub her from our history, and move on.”
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“We must examine how we have perpetuated her harms over the last century – as an organization, an institution, and as individuals,” the nation’s largest abortion provider stated.
Fox News Digital revealed this week that planned parenthood had been silent regarding how they have inspected Sanger’s past since denouncing her. A report by the anti-abortion Life Issues Institute indicated in 2017 that a spat of new planned parenthood ‘hyper-focuses’ around targeting women of color.
“Our research revealed that an alarming 88% (22 of 25) target women of color. Disturbingly, 80% target Black communities, 56% target Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods and 80% target one or more colleges. In total, 96% (24 of 25) of the mega-centers target women of color, college women, or both,” it claimed.
Around 39% of planned parenthood patients are ethnic minorities, with Latinos outnumbering individuals who identify as Black, per planned parenthood. The association hasn’t elaborated on the number of its 300,000-plus lives taken by abortion every year that are performed on Black moms.
Planned parenthood didn’t promptly respond to a request for contact from Fox News.