Margaret Sanger: Birth Control Pioneer and
Shell-shocked liberals have taken to dubbing
conservatives as Ku Klux Klan folks and
neo-fascists toting swastikas to town
hall meetings. But ironically, turns out its
liberals who have engaged in a century-long pas de
deux with fascistic ideology.
Take Margaret Sanger public health nurse,
rabid feminist, and avowed socialist. Doing her
rounds in New York Citys immigrant ghettos,
she became enamored of the biological and political
possibilities of birth control. A prolific writer,
she churned out numerous books and articles. In
Women and the New Race, Sanger ominously expounded:
no Socialist republic can operate
successfully and maintain its ideals unless the
practice of birth control is encouraged to a marked
and efficient degree.
Margaret Sanger regarded members of both sexes
with a decidedly misanthropic disdain. Of men she
wrote, In all of the animal species below the
human, motherhood has a clearly discernible
superiority over fatherhood
.natural law makes
the female the expression and the conveyor of
Members of the female sex were equally worthy of
contempt: woman has, through her reproductive
ability, founded and perpetuated the tyrannies of
the Earth. Had she planned deliberately to achieve
this tragic total of human waste and misery, she
could hardly have done it more effectively.
In 1921 Sanger established the American Birth
Control League, which later assumed the sanitized
moniker Planned Parenthood. The Leagues
co-founder was the anti-Semite Lothrop Stoddard,
who would later aver the Jew problem
[is] already settled in principle and soon
to be settled in fact by the physical elimination
of the Jews themselves from the Third
Two years later Sanger launched her notorious
Birth Control Review. The journal would publish
propaganda pieces like Eugenic Sterilization:
An Urgent Need by Ernst Rudin, Hitlers
director of sterilization and a founder of the Nazi
Society for Racial Hygiene. The American
counterpart to the Nazi group was the American
Eugenics Society, of which Sanger was a prominent
In 1939 Sanger created the Negro Project with
the avowed purpose of reining in the unchecked
growth of the Black population. But her true
intentions went beyond mere population control:
We do not want word to go out that we want to
exterminate the Negro population, she
cautioned a friend.
At that time Blacks numbered 12 million persons,
representing about one-tenth of the U.S. total.
The acme of Sangers career came in 1932
when she unveiled her Plan for Peace. The fascistic
manifesto urged the U.S. Congress to apply a
stern and rigid policy of sterilization and
segregation to that grade of populations whose
progeny is tainted and to give certain
dysgenic groups in our population their choice of
segregation or sterilization. Sangers
wide-ranging hit-list included morons, mental
unemployables, criminals, prostitutes,
Sanger admitted these persons constituted an
enormous part of our population,
upwards of 20 million persons. That represented
about 15% of the American population.
A mere year after Sanger expounded on her peace
plan, Adolf Hitler signed the infamous Law for the
Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring.
During the ensuing years, the Nazi regime
sterilized an estimated 400,000 persons deemed to
be racially, physically, or mentally unfit.
At the Nuremberg Trials, Allied prosecutors
recited the horrifying litany of Nazi crimes,
including the practice of compulsory sterilization.
Without mentioning Sanger by name, the German
Socialists defended their harsh population control
measures by explaining it was the United States
from whom they had taken inspiration.
Over the years, Margaret Sanger used her bully
pulpit to call for the segregation or sterilization
of 15% of the U.S. population, and the
extermination of another tenth of the citizenry.
Despite those fascistic designs, Margaret Sanger
still occupies a revered position in the pantheon
of American liberalism.
Every year Planned Parenthood bequeaths its
Margaret Sanger Award to recognize
outstanding contributions to the reproductive
health and rights movement. Past recipients
include such liberal luminaries as Bella Abzug,
Phil Donahue, and Jane Fonda.
Any guesses who carried home the award in 2009?
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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