Margaret Sanger Gets Cancelled
Finally, Darwin Disciple Margaret Sanger is Exposed by the Liberal Media!
by Jerry Bergman, PhD
Planned Parenthood Tosses Margaret Sanger Under the Bus to Distance Itself from Recent Employees’ Complaints of “Systemic Racism” reads one newspaper headline.
The Planned Parenthood organization has decided to remove the name of its founder, eugenicist Margaret Sanger, from its flagship abortion facility in New York. The Manhattan Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood abortion facility is located at 26 Bleecker Street on Margaret Sanger Square. The next step is to remove the Margaret Sanger Square name.
The facility has been involved in a number of life-threatening medical emergencies that required ambulance transport to a local hospital. And yet today’s pro-abortion leaders, backed up by some liberal judges, reject laws that require abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
No doubt a number of other organizations and other entities will soon be pressured to remove Sanger’s name. Already, a coalition of black pastors have demanded that the Smithsonian Museum remove the bust of Planned Parenthood’s founder from their National Portrait Gallery’s civil rights exhibit.
The reason given to remove her name from the New York facility is described by Sullenger:
Sanger is well known for her eugenics ideology that included a reprehensible desire to purify the human race by reducing the population of certain minority races, including Blacks. The Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood’s location lends itself to targeting poor urban women of color for abortions.
Planned Parenthood targets women of color for abortion by placing 79 percent of its surgical abortion facilities within walking distance of minority (mostly black) neighborhoods. (Notably, only one of the New York Planned Parenthood affiliate’s 22 board members is black.) Even The New York Times chimed in detailing the problems with Planned Parenthood and their founder, writing “Ms. Sanger, a feminist icon and reproductive-rights pioneer, supported a discredited belief in improving the human race through selective breeding.”
Her Fall from Glory
Sanger was one of the most influential racists in the last century and, until recently, she was lauded by the mainline press as a major feminist and social leader. Time-Life listed her as one of the most influential persons of the twentieth century. Gloria Steinem wrote a laudatory chapter on her in a Time volume of the 100 most important Americans. Steinem falsely implied that Sanger opposed eugenics; instead, she lionized her as a heroine of the women’s movement.
Among the laudatory books about her is one titled, Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement which mentions her association with Darwinism and eugenics, but attempts to portray both movements in a favorable light. One reviewer wrote about the author of this book, Ms. Chesler, that she “provides an authoritative and widely acclaimed biography of this great emancipator, whose lifelong struggle helped women gain control over their own bodies.”
In America, Sanger also was given many honors during her lifetime, including an Honorary Doctorate of Law by the Ivy league Smith College. Paul Ehrlich and his wife wrote that
America’s heroine in the family planning movement was Margaret Sanger, a nurse…. Sanger and others who joined her rapidly growing birth control movement (then known as the Birth Control League) led the fight for… legal changes and for support from medical, educational, health, and religious organizations.
Planned Parenthood remains a huge and almost impregnable organization despite years of scandals and attempts by pro-life advocates to limit abortions. Its affiliates are active throughout the world, and boast 1.67 billion dollars in annual revenue, most of which is paid for by taxpayers.
Condemned by her Own Words
Sanger blamed “unchecked breeding… [for] everything from child labor to world war.” She even blamed “unchecked breeding for “insanity, epilepsy, criminality, prostitution, pauperism, and mental defectiveness.” Sanger proposed what she thought was a realistic solution to these problems, namely eugenics by all means – including abortion. She taught that preventing the entry of the “weak, the helpless and the unwanted children into the world” would solve the problem of overcrowded families, cities and nations. This shows her assent to the false teachings of Malthus (see my article on the “population bomb,” 26 April 2019).
Sanger opened her first birth control clinic in 1916 in the impoverished Brownsville section of Brooklyn to help control what she called the “over breeding” problem. Her two-room storefront clinic was a great contrast to her own plush Greenwich Village home, but “since the clientele she wished to attract—‘immigrant Southern Europeans, Slavs, Latins, and Jews’—could only be found ‘in the coarser neighborhoods and tenements,’ she was forced to venture out of her comfortable confines.”
Early in her career Sanger turned her attention to Negroes by opening a new clinic in Harlem in 1930. As her organization grew, Sanger organized more clinics in other communities, “in alliance with eugenicists, and through initiatives such as the Negro Project … exploited black stereotypes in order to reduce the fertility of African Americans” and other “dysgenic races” besides blacks. The all-white staff and the sign identifying the clinic as a “research bureau” soon raised the suspicions of the black community. They feared that the clinic’s actual goal was to “experiment on and sterilize black people.”
Their fears were not unfounded: Sanger once addressed the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey. She soon received a “dozen invitations to speak to similar groups.” Sanger was also on good terms with other racist organizations.
Sanger believed the “Negro district” was the “headquarters for the criminal element” and concluded that, as the title of a book by a member of her board proclaimed, The Rising Tide of Color against White World Supremacy, was a rise that had to be stemmed to reduce crime. To deal with the problem of resistance among the black population, Sanger recruited black doctors, nurses, ministers, and social workers “to gain black patients’ ‘trust’ in order…to limit or even erase the black presence in America.”
Sanger and the Nazis
The German Nazis relied heavily on American expertise in developing their own eugenics programs. The American program resulted in as many as 3.5 million persons coercively sterilized. Sanger’s 1922 book, “The Pivot of Civilization” was used by Adolph Hitler as a reference work when he wrote his memoirs in prison, published as “Mein Kampf” in 1925. The Nazis used as their template for their eugenics laws the model law developed by Harry Laughlin. Laughlin was a frequent contributor to Sanger’s Birth Control Review. Laughlin was also a great admirer of the German eugenics program and was proud of his contribution to it. The American contribution to Nazi eugenics programs was recognized by the University of Heidelberg by awarding Laughlin an honorary doctorate.
To insure that her eugenics goals were implemented, her Birth Control League board was “made up almost exclusively of sociologists and eugenicists,” as were also the Nazi’s eugenic leaders. Margaret and the American eugenicists she worked with targeted every “non-Aryan” ethnic group, whether red, black, or yellow by setting up clinics wherever they judged a sufficient population of minorities lived. In addition, she included the “feeble-minded, syphilitic, irresponsible, and defective” persons who she claimed “bred unhindered.” Since Sanger and her cohorts estimated as high as seventy percent of the population fell into these “undesirable” categories, they realized that they had a lot of work before them to achieve their goals. Much of the early grass-roots work in her movement was done by various “radicals,” especially socialists and communists.
Although “long been lauded as a feminist icon” and a follower of Charles Darwin’s cousin Francis Galton, she and many others who advocated the fruits of Galton and Darwin are slowly being discredited. I look forward to further proper dethroning of other leading icons of evolution, especially Charles Darwin himself, along with his leading disciples.
See also: commentary by John Stonestreet at Breakpoint.
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Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology for over 40 years at several colleges and universities including Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.