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Friday, April 15, 2005

The Most Merciful Thing That the Large Family Does to One of its Infant Members is to Kill It.

Who would say such a thing?

Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood, THAT'S WHO! Here are some of Dear Margaret's Thoughts:

Margaret Sanger Quotes:

"Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race."
Margaret Sanger. 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."
Margaret Sanger's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.


Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race
(Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)


The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.
(Chapter 5)

While unknowingly laying the foundations of tyrannies and providing the human tinder for racial conflagrations, woman was also unknowingly creating slums, filling asylums with insane, and institutions with other defectives. She was replenishing the ranks of the prostitutes, furnishing grist for the criminal courts and inmates for prisons. Had she planned deliberately to achieve this tragic total of human waste and misery, she could hardly have done it more effectively.
(chapter 1)

The most immoral practice of the day is breeding too many children.
(Chapter 5)

Every jail, hospital for the insane, reformatory and institution for the feebleminded cries out against the evils of too prolific breeding among wage-workers.
(chapter 5)

And if they survive the factory, they marry to perpetuate and multiply their ignorance, weakness and diseases.
(Chapter 5)

No matter how much they desire children, no man and woman have a right to bring into the world those who are to suffer from mental or physical affliction. It condemns the child to a life of misery and places upon the community the burden of caring for it, probably for its defective descendants for many generations.
(Chapter 7)

Margaret Sanger, The Pivot of Civilization:

"We protect the members of a weak strain," says Davenport, "up to the period of reproduction, and then let them free upon the community, and encourage them to leave a large progeny of 'feeble-minded': which in turn, protected from mortality and carefully nurtured up to the reproductive period, are again set free to reproduce, and so the stupid work goes on of preserving and increasing our socially unfit strains."
(Chapter 4)


Birth Control Review

"Eugenics aims to secure better babies."
Volume II, Number 10 (October 1918), page 4.

"As long as the feeble-minded and other unfit are allowed to reproduce their kind, we shall have just such social needs."
Volume IV, Number 6 (June 1920), page 6.

"More children from the fit, less from the unfit -- that is the chief aim of birth control."
May 1919, p. 12


Also:

Margaret Sanger, "In Her Own Words"

"A woman's physical satisfaction was more important than any marriage vow," Sanger believed. Birth Control in America, p. 11


What Does Planned Parenthood say today?

"If your parents are stupid enough to deny you access to birth control, and you are under 18, you can get it on your own. Call Planned Parenthood."
Planned Parenthood advertisement, Dallas Observer, Jan. 30, 1986

"There are only 2 basic kinds of sex: sex with victims and sex without. Sex with victims is always wrong. Sex without is ALWAYS right."
You've Changed The Combination, Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, Denver, Colo.

"The question of whether or not to sell ourselves to men is a false one: The real question is how to sell ourselves in the way that is least destructive to ourselves and our sisters. Prostitutes don't need our condescension. What they need is our alliance. And we need theirs."
The New Our Bodies, Ourselves, Boston Women's Health Collective, p 113

"At Planned Parenthood you can also get birth control without the consent or knowledge of your parents. So, if you are 14, 15 or 16 and you come to Planned Parenthood, we won't tell your parents you've been there. We swear we won't tell your parents."
Planned Parenthood employee lecturing students of Ramona High School, Riverside, Calif., April 21-22, 1986

FACTS on Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood on Adoption:
Of 6,000 clinic visit records examined from a Texas PP clinic, only 3 referred for adoption. (Aborting Planned Parenthood, by Robert H. Ruff, New Vision Press, 1988)

Planned Parenthood's on Homosexuality & Marital Rights:
PP has encouraged homosexuality and advocated compulsory sterilization of all who have two children. (Family Planning Perspectives (a PP publication), June, Oct. 1970)

Planned Parenthood's Goal:

Dr. Lena Levine in 1953, concerning Planned Parenthood's purpose and planned course of action: "... to be ready as educators and parents to help young people obtain sex satisfaction before marriage. By sanctioning sex before marriage we will prevent fear and guilt. We must also relieve those who have these ... feelings, and we must be ready to provide young boys and girls with the best contraceptive measures available so they will have the necessary means to achieve sexual satisfaction without having to risk possible pregnancy." (Planned Parenthood News, Summer 1953) ." ("Psycho-Sexual Development," quoted in Planned Parenthood News, Summer 1953, pg. 10)

Planned Parenthood on Pregnancy:

PP has an unhealthy concept of pregnancy, as it views the state of gestation as an abnormal condition or disease. Speaking for the organization, Dr. Warren Hern refers to human pregnancy as "an episodic, moderately extended chronic condition ... May be defined as an illness ... Treated by evacuation of the uterine contents..."("Is Pregnancy Really Normal?" Family Planning Perspective, Planned Parenthood, vol. 3, No. 1, Jan. 1971, pg. 9)


I think it is wasy to say that creating a "Master Race" through Eugenics came before Hitler, and did not die with the fall of the Nazi's.


"I believe Margaret Sanger would have been proud of us today if she had seen the directions that we have most recently in this organization taken."

Faye Wattleton, former President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, at PPFA's annual luncheon in St. Louis, on May 2, 1979.

I have to admit, Faye, I bet she would too!

8 Comments:

  • Methinks someone is talking out of both sides of their mouths.

    On one hand, they encourage sexual intercourse at any age, but on the other hand, they kill the children that are conceived during these encounters.

    My only hope is that these people themselves are/were sterilized, so we don't have any of their ignorance passed on from generation to generation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:12 PM  

  • anonymous -- Your hope is but a dream, they and their kind are the elite – the cream of the crop; the ones to be allowed to reproduce and form a more perfect society. I like the way you think though.

    I wonder which and how many of her 10 siblings she would have killed off?

    By Anonymous Dee, at 7:00 PM  

  • I've been blessed with 10 children, 9 living. The one we lost is very much longed for. I look at each of my children and for the life of me cannot imagine how anyone can wish for their death.

    By Anonymous Marine Momma, at 7:02 PM  

  • The most merciful thing that the large family does, my foot! Tell that to my happy, healthy, precocious little sister, 24 years my junior, and the youngest of fourteen.

    (Shall I answer all your questions right off the bat? No TV, no twins, no adoptions, all from one mom and one dad, no, Dad doesn't make a lot of money, and no, we don't have a huge house.)

    But that little girl gets so much attention! It's as if she has eight moms, and six dads, to adore her, fawn on her, play with her and see to it that her every need is met in good order.

    In my experience, one of the most loving, reassurring and affirming thing my parents ever did for me (and my brothers and sisters are with me in this), is to have another child, and another, and another... Nothing has spoken so powerfully of their acceptance of me as their willingness to welcome another of my kind.

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