Quotes from Margaret Sanger

Founder of Planned Parenthood

Excerps from an article by Lauren Enriquez (LifeNews - 3/11/13 )

Margaret Sanger has been lauded by some as a woman of valor, but a closer look reveals that Planned Parenthood's audacious founder had some unsavory things to say about matters of race, birth control, and abortion. An outspoken eugenicist herself, Sanger consistently promoted racist ideals with a contemptuous attitude. Read on to learn why Planned Parenthood hides behind a false memory of Sanger, and why, despite her extraordinarily prolific writing career, one rarely sees her quoted by Planned Parenthood leaders and apologists.

"America Needs a Code for Babies"

27 Mar 1934

Give dysgenic groups [people with "bad genes"] in our population their choice of segregation or [compulsory] sterilization.

Woman and the New Race

Chapter 6: "The Wickedness of Creating Large Families." Here, Sanger argues that, because the conditions of large families tend to involve poverty and illness, it is better for everyone involved if a child's life is snuffed out before he or she has a chance to pose difficulties to its family.

[We should] apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.

"Plan for Peace"

from Birth Control Review (April 1932, pp. 107-108)

Article 1. The purpose of the American Baby Code shall be to provide for a better distribution of babies… and to protect society against the propagation and increase of the unfit.

Article 4. No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit

Article 6. No permit for parenthood shall be valid for more than one birth.

Woman, Morality, and Birth Control.

New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.

We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the 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 …

Pivot of Civilization, 1922.

Here, Margaret Sanger speaks on her eugenic philosophy – that only the types of "quality" people she and her peers viewed as worthy of life should be allowed to live.

Such parents swell the pathetic ranks of the unemployed. Feeble-mindedness perpetuates itself from the ranks of those who are blandly indifferent to their racial responsibilities. And it is largely this type of humanity we are now drawing upon to populate our world for the generations to come. In this orgy of multiplying and replenishing the earth, this type is pari passu multiplying and perpetuating those direst evils in which we must, if civilization is to survive, extirpate by the very roots.

Birth Control Review

April 1932, Pg. 108

Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.

America Needs
A Code for Babies

"No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit."

- Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger
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A Cleaner Race

"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the 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."

- Margaret Sanger1

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