Influenced by her mother’s 18 pregnancies resulting in 11 children in 22 years, her father's atheism, and the suffering she saw in her nursing career from self-induced abortions, Sanger believed birth control would enable women to lead healthier lives and obtain greater equality in society. If one takes only these facts into account Sanger did some good for women in society.
Margaret Sanger claimed to be Episcopalian; however, she admitted that traveling the world influenced her belief of developing the "divine within us" by works we perform. This is from Theosophy: teachings which are ancient Babylonian in origin. (See Video @ 1:57-@ 2:34) I will go into these beliefs in a later article under the Biblical History tab.
Sanger advocated mandatory sterilization of ‘insane and feebleminded’ people:
"Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying . . . demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism." Margaret Sanger, from "The Pivot of Civilization.”
"The most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective."
"The undeniably feebleminded should indeed, not only be discouraged but prevented from propagating their kind.” Both quotes from Margaret Sanger, article in the Birth Control Review, 1921.
Margaret Sanger believed sterilizing the "unfit," "irresponsible and reckless," and those "whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers" would be the "salvation of American civilization”; also stating, "there is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped."
In 1921, Sanger founded the American Birth Control League (ABCL) that later merged with other groups to become Planned Parenthood. The historical record reveals the underlying motives and resulting actions of those involved in the organizations.
In March, 1925, ABCL member, Dr. S. Adolphus Knopf, warned of the menace posed by the "black" and "yellow" peril. Harvard graduate, Lothrop Stoddard, was another racist colleague of Sanger. Stoddard wrote, The Rising Tide of Color against White Supremacy and described the eugenic practices of the Third Reich as "scientific" and "humanitarian." Colleague, Dr. Harry Laughlin, promoted cleansing America's human "breeding stock" to rid it of "bad strains".
In 1916, Sanger asserted the use of birth control was "mandated" in situations, such as, "when parents, though normal, had subnormal children", "when husband and wife were adolescent", and "when the earning capacity of the father was inadequate"; because "… anyone, no matter how ignorant, how diseased mentally or physically, how lacking in all knowledge of children, seemed to consider he or she had the right to become a parent.”
Here are some sample titles of articles in Birth Control Review, founded by Sanger in 1917:
- "Some Moral Aspects of Eugenics" (June, 1920)
- "The Eugenic Conscience" (February, 1921)
- "The Purpose of Eugenics" (December, 1924)
- "Birth Control and Positive Eugenics" (July, 1925)
- "Birth Control: The True Eugenics" (August, 1928)
The ‘Negro Project’
Dr. Gamble's November, 1939, memorandum, "Suggestion for Negro Project," proposed methods for major birth-rate reductions in the black population: eugenics. According to the project proposal, “The mass of Negroes, particularly in the South, still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the [population] increase among Negroes…is from that portion…least intelligent and fit, and least able to rear children properly.” The proposal suggested hiring three or four “colored Ministers, preferably with social service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities” to give the organization's reasons for birth control. The proposal also suggested the organization place black leaders in positions where they would appear to be in charge as a way to offset the extermination plot perception. Sanger responded, "We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten that idea out if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
The ABCL presented birth control as both a vehicle to economic improvement and a positive health measure for mother and living children. The Chicago Defender (a periodical for the African American community) of January 10, 1942, contained an article avowing birth control as a remedy for economic woes , since ". . . it raises the standard of living by enabling parents to adjust the family size to the family income," and reassurance that birth control " . . . is no operation. It is no abortion. Abortion kills life after it has begun. Birth Control is neither harmful nor immoral." [Note: Abortion was considered murder.]
In 1942, Planned Parenthood Negro Division board member, Bishop David H. Sims, offered his assistance to begin the "softening process"; and, by 1949, the ‘Negro Project’ had a foothold with acceptance by most black leaders. But, the African American community was not as quick to accept the propaganda.
Donald B. Strauss, chairman of Planned Parenthood-World Population, continued efforts toward acceptance of Planned Parenthood by appealing to the Democratic party to amend their stated policies on birth control in 1964. By 1970, Planned Parenthood president, Alan Guttmacher, noted successes in the tax-subsidized birth control programs stating, "Birth control services are proliferating in areas adjacent to concentrations of black population." Guttmacher suggested other organizations and not Planned Parenthood promote the doctrine that ‘normal’ American families contain 2.1 children; maintaining that family size would decrease if abortion and contraception were easily accessible and government funded. However, Guttmacher admitted that controlling the world population could eventually require enforcement which is what the UN and global government is working toward.
Despite its internally-stated intentions, Planned Parenthood’s publicized image continued to be tolerance and minority participation. The birth control movement, Sager claimed, freed the mind from "sexual prejudice and taboo, by demanding the frankest and most unflinching re-examination of sex in its relation to human nature and the basis of human society.”
Maybe so, but the movement also created a myriad of issues with which society has since struggled: promiscuity, rampant teenage pregnancy, single-parenthood, and erosion of the family (the bedrock of society), etc. However, it must be noted that the societal issues Planned Parenthood created reinforce the perceived need for its continued existence, and even its expansion.
Eugenics, Not Choice
Let us not forget Sanger’s declaration that the disabled and the African American should not reproduce, the basis of eugenics. Eugenics, envisioned by Francis Galton (Charles Darwin's cousin), seeks to create improvement of the human population through planned 'breeding'; and, eliminates those who Galton thought were inferior: African Americans and the disabled. It was popular until Adolph Hitler.
Through its continued pandering to the youth and minorities while utilizing monetary support from the taxpayer, Planned Parenthood has grown to include 129 affiliates, operating around 800 ‘health centers’ that assist about 5 million women per year. Its website puts it this way:
“Millions of women face unplanned pregnancies every year. If you are deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy, you have a lot to think about. You have three options — abortion, adoption, and parenting.”
Am I being sensitive that abortion is first on their list?
“If you're trying to decide if parenting is the right option for you, you may find it helpful to list the advantages and disadvantages of having a child. Think about what advantages or disadvantages are most important to you. Consider your feelings and values about raising a child, and what you want for your life and for your family or future family.”
Won’t Junior just be thrilled that his mother made a ‘Pros’ and ‘Cons’ list like he was a car! But, there’s more …
“What are Some of the Advantages and Disadvantages of Parenting?
“Though parenting is hard work, it brings many rewards. Being a parent can be exciting and deeply rewarding. It can help you grow, understand yourself better, and enhance your life.
“But parents often give up a lot for their children. Meeting a child's needs can be very challenging.
“Many people find that having a child can test even the strongest relationship. And if you are single parenting, you may find it more difficult to find and keep a relationship.”
I'm not surprised: It’s all about ‘me’! What will having a child do to enhance my life, what will I have to give up, and – gasp – I may never find a husband! Is Planned Parenthood reflecting societal views or influencing them?
In fact, Planned Parenthood claims to promote choice, but their website is slanted toward abortion, making it appear widespread and not a big deal: “Abortions are very common. In fact, 1 out of 3 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.”
How many adoptions do they assist with among this same group of women?
The actions of Planned Parenthood have been and continue to be destructive to the family; and, therefore, to the nation.
Admittedly, American women have reaped rewards from birth control. But, for every gain there is also loss.
Smaller families resulted in the appearance of an increased standard of living, but that was actually in response to the two-person, wage-earning, married couples that became the norm in 1980s when home prices began skyrocketing (due to Congressional mandates of the 1970s which made it mandatory for banking institutions to offer a percentage of loans to the underprivileged and increased demand). Families have since struggled with balancing 'needs' and 'desires' while living within their means. (This was part of the second step in erosion of the family: a major factor in the fall of every society in history.)
Is the American family better financially or in the ‘happiness’ quotient today? Not by a long-shot. The 'benefits' Sanger utilized to promote her agenda have never been achieved despite billions of taxpayer dollars being given to and promises made by Planned Parenthood.
Sanger's intent was revealed via the articles published in Birth Control Review. Then, Sanger and those involved in her organizations formed a plan, secretly cultivated society to implement that plan, and continue to work secretly toward completing it. The foundational motivations of Planned Parenthood, and the destructive actions taken as a result, should be the deciding factors for eliminating the organization.
Planned Parenthood refuses to concede that their founder was less interested in creating a better life for all women than creating a world befitting her theosophical, racist and eugenics beliefs, because it would be their undoing to admit it still works toward those goals.
The devious methodology used to implement the secret mission statement behind this organization denies equality in the ‘reproductive rights’ it espouses to promote, is blatant coercion, and is just as deplorable as genocide.
My final observation is this: If someone offers you something for nothing, the cost is usually greater than you imagined.
In this case, the offer was freedom and equality for women; the cost was our collective souls and our nation.