Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest government-supported killer of children, this Sunday marked a century since its humble beginnings, when the first birth-control clinic opened its doors on October 16, 1916.
That’s 100 years of protecting the rights of women — except for the 29 million or more girls they killed as unborn children since 1973 (nearly 60 million children estimated total).
It’s an impressive effort. The organization has certainly fulfilled the long-ago vision of eugenicist and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, who had a dream of a genetically refined and purified nation, free of “human weeds” — you know, blacks, Latinos, poor people, uneducated people … “those” people in general.
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As Sanger wrote in the New York Times in a 1923 article, “Birth control is not contraception indiscriminately and thoughtlessly practiced. It means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks— those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.”
To be sure, Sanger’s crusade wasn’t just to reduce the populations of non-whites and poor people. She also hated religious people, particularly Catholics and other groups that viewed birth control as an evil, and wanted them to be prevented from procreating.
In a 1921 speech at the first American Birth Control Conference, she said, “The third group [of society] are those irresponsible and reckless ones having little regard for the consequences of their acts, or whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers. Many of this group are diseased, feeble-minded, and are of the pauper element dependent upon the normal and fit members of society for their support. There is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped.”
Her animosity toward Christianity didn’t prevent her from using it to further her crusade against all the human weeds. She found having a Christian patsy very helpful in gaining the trust of blacks. By 1939, black ministers were a critical part of her Negro Project, the name she gave the effort to thin out the black communities she saw all over the country.
“The minister’s work is also important and he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation, as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members,” she wrote in a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, of Procter and Gamble fame.
The irony behind the Planned Parenthood empire, however, is that Sanger herself was no fan of abortion. Her vision involved birth control by various means, but particularly sterilization of undesirable elements. Forced sterilization in the United States is a horror story in its own right, but Sanger considered abortion to be worse.
She wrote in 1922, in “Woman and the New Race,”: “Usually this desire [for family limitation] has been laid to economic pressure. … It has asserted itself among the rich and among the poor, among the intelligent and the unintelligent. It has been manifested in such horrors as infanticide, child abandonment and abortion.”
Planned Parenthood has been true to Sanger’s program, in that abortions are disproportionately performed on black and Latino babies. The current black population is around 36 million in the U.S. Since Roe v. Wade, it’s estimated that 16 million black children have been aborted.
That means at least one-third of the black population that should be here today is missing.
I wonder, 100 years later, which would impress Sanger more — the fulfillment of her vision, or the huge pile of children’s corpses it’s been built on?