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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Emily's latest post on our addition to Wikipedia led me to link from that to their "Quotes on Abortion" page.

This one caught my eye:
"To meet this problem as a great scientist has recently pointed out, we need not more of the fit, but fewer of the unfit. It would be unbelievable, unless it were not a cruel fact of our American civilization, that syphilitics, consumptives, epileptics and semi idiots are permitted to propagate their own curse, both what is called legitimately and illegitimately. Is it not time to protect ourselves and our children and our children's children? The propagation of the degenerate, the imbecile, the feeble minded, should be prevented."
Margaret Sanger; Birth Control Review Volume V, Number 8, (1921) p.19
Yes, that Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, originally known at its inception in 1916 as the "National Birth Control League."

She also wrote this in an essay entitled "Pivot of Civilization:"
"We are paying for and even submitting to the dictates of an ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all [emphasis this author]. The wealth of individuals and of states is being diverted from the development and progress of human expression and civilization."
Of all Margaret Sanger's quotes that Planned Parenthood says on its website are "falsely attributed" to Sanger or are harmless because they were "taken out of context," neither of these two quotes above are even listed or denied in any way.

Akua Furlow, an African-American who is Director of Research for the Life Education and Resource Network, Inc., and an author on this subject, wrote in an article in December 2002:
"The vision of Planned Parenthood, founded in 1916 by Margaret Sanger, became the working arm toward eugenic goals. The stated vision was 'reproductive freedom' for the wealthy white families and 'birth control' for everyone else....Charles Darwin's first cousin, Francis Galton...described eugenics as 'The science of improving give the more suitable races a better chance of prevailing speedily over the less suitable.'...Henry Pratt Fairchild, a leading American eugenicist and Planned Parenthood Board member, said, 'The two movements, eugenics and birth control, have now come to such a thorough understanding and have drawn so close as to be almost indistinguishable.' [emphasis this author]...PPFA even developed a plan, the Negro Project, as a propaganda program to infiltrate the black community posing birth control as 'family planning' which would focus on the 'health benefits' of 'child spacing.' Many Planned Parenthood "clinics" are intentionally located near large minority populations...Sanger said that charity was '...extortion from the wealthy given to those who should never have been born' and called poor families 'human weeds.'"
I personally have the article (it hasn't been online anywhere until I found this just now, a reprint here), but last I knew, Ms. Furlow can be contacted here: L.E.A.R.N., P.O. Box 87641, Houston, TX 77287, or phone 713-645-1377. They did a "Black Pro-Life Conference" recently called "Choice—A Threat to Racial Reconciliation" in St. Louis.

BTW, I just learned that Akua Furlow was adopted, and her adopted mother was conceived in rape.

The last bit of insight I'll offer on all this is from the American Bioethics Advisory Commission:

“Planned Parenthood holds the copyright on other publications by Margaret Sanger, and she was a very powerful writer. If Planned Parenthood were proud of what she said, it could publish her books. But in fact, it is pro-lifers who work to make her writings available.

“In 1997, the copyright for Sanger's Pivot of Civilization [expired]...if Planned Parenthood thinks she is being quoted out of context, it could have given us permission to re-publish the book years ago. In fact, though, Planned Parenthood doesn't want anyone reading her eloquence, because she was a eugenicist.

“On [Planned Parenthood's] web site, Planned Parenthood offers a defense of Margaret Sanger. What the site doesn't say is that she belonged to eugenics societies on both sides of the Atlantic, the Eugenics Society in England and the American Eugenics Society.”

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