Huh. I knew Margaret Sanger said some racist things, but I didn’t realize she, the founder of Planned Parenthood, actually attended Ku Klux Klan rallies.
A bunch of pro-life folks are protesting her bust, sitting alongside Rosa Parks in the National Portrait Gallery in DC. (Which is, incidentally, my favourite DC museum.)
Sanger, a proponent of eugenics, founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, which became part of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942.
In an article titled “Birth Control and Racial Betterment,” published in 1919, Sanger wrote that the “diseased and incompetent masses” threaten to “overwhelm all that eugenics can do among those whose economic condition is better.”
“Birth Control, on the other hand, not only opens the way to the eugenist, but it preserves his work,” Sanger wrote.
Sanger wrote in her book “Woman and the New Race” that the population control methods she advocated would bring about the “materials of a new race.”
“Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives,” Sanger wrote.
What a legacy.