• Fri, Oct 14 2011

Retro Snap: We Should All Recognize This Lady

 

It’s Margaret Sanger, the founder of planned parenthood and a vocal advocate of birth control for women.

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  • Eileen

    I recognized the name, but I’d never seen a picture of her before. Thanks.

  • Cassieleigh

    Do you want to know why she created planned parenthood?

    “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.

    On the extermination of blacks:
    “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she said, “if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon

    “Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.
    Margaret Sanger. “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda.” Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.

    Please tell me that you still idolize this woman.

    She was a horrible human being. I enjoy the benefits of birth control as much as the next girl but I refuse to support an organization that was founded to reduce a population based on superficial, definition of “racist” reasons. And I especially detest the way she used a “woman’s” issue to disguise her true intent.

    • Fatima

      I knew this about her, but thank you for taking the time to shed light. Nice product, despicable woman.

    • Sam

      On the one hand, I definitely oppose the reasoning behind Planned Parenthood’s beginnings.

      On the other hand, I absolutely, 100% support it now because it really is the only healthcare many people can afford and access. Yes, 90 years ago it was started for a fucked up reason, but that doesn’t negate its positive influences in present day society (especially in an age where access to birth control and overall healthcare is so limited for so many).

  • Jane

    Wow. For everyone saying that Planned Parenthood was created to further eugenics and the eradication of blacks, you are very mistaken.

    Planned Parenthood has always been about access to birth control for everyone.

    Margaret Sanger was a complicated woman, but the mission of Planned Parenthood has never been population control or eugenics.