Margaret Sanger — The Racist Founder of Planned Parenthood
“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” –Thomas Jefferson
I don’t usually cite advice from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but in a recent interview she noted that when one is in need of health care, one should not depend on folks who advocate a “culture of death.”
On the subject of abortion, Ginsburg said she thought “at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” This comment was not some senile blunder from an aging jurist noted for nodding off during High Court deliberations.
In fact, Ginsburg’s candid assessment of the Left’s advocacy for abortion as a means for controlling propagation of undesirable ethnic groups is based upon the writings of atheist social activist and leftist icon Margaret Sanger.
Some 50 years before Roe v. Wade, Sanger founded the American Birth Control League, which later became Planned Parenthood, now the largest perpetrator of abortions in the U.S.
Sanger asserted that ministry to the poor, a fundamental tenet of Christianity, is responsible for excessive numbers of “unwanted” ethnic breeds. “Those vast, complex, interrelated organizations aiming to control and to diminish the spread of misery and destitution and all the menacing evils that spring out of this sinisterly fertile soil, are the surest sign that our civilization has bred, is breeding, and is perpetuating constantly increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents, and dependents. My criticism, therefore, is not directed at the failure of philanthropy, but rather at its success. These dangers are inherent in the very idea of humanitarianism and altruism, dangers which have today produced their full harvest of human waste.”
Ah, yes, “human waste.”
Sanger characterized the poor as “human weeds, reckless breeders, spawning … human beings who never should have been born.”
In “Woman and the New Race,” Sanger insisted that women create an enormous “debt to society [by] creating slums, filling asylums with the insane, and institutions with other defectives. … Poverty and the large family generally go hand in hand. … The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
Of the extermination of black babies, Sanger wrote, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
She advocated policies that ensured “more children from the fit, less from the unfit” in order to “to create a race of thoroughbreds.” (Remember this quote the next time a liberal tells you that Fascists and Socialists have nothing in common.)
Sanger was certainly the 20th century’s most noted American proponent of racist eugenics. However when we remind our liberal friends of the origins of Planned Parenthood, they sputter on about Sanger’s support for eugenics being an anomaly of another time and context.
But Sanger’s advocacy for the extermination of the “unwanted” is the basis of today’s culture of death.
Indeed, one of the adherents of eugenics now directs BHO’s White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and is the co-chair of Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. John Holdren may not be openly advocating racial selection, but he clearly advocates mass sterilization and abortion in order to control human impact on the environment. This is nothing but a contemporary interpretation of Sanger’s eliminating “human weeds” and “reckless breeders.”
Holdren’s modern day eugenics program is outlined in a book he co-authored, “Ecoscience,” in which he calls for “a comprehensive Planetary Regime [in order to] control the development, administration, conservation and distribution of all natural resources.”
One solution, writes Holdren, is “adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods” which would help weed out those “who contribute to social deterioration.”
As for the constitutional authority, Holdren writes, “Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.”
“If some individuals contribute to general social deterioration by overproducing children,” insists Holdren, “if the need is compelling, they can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility – just as they can be required to exercise responsibility in their resource-consumption patterns – providing they are not denied equal protection.”
I suppose Holdren is Obama’s “Czar of Compelling Needs.”
As for global solutions, Holdren writes, “The Planetary Regime might be given responsibility for determining the optimum population for the world and for each region and for arbitrating various countries’ shares within their regional limits. Control of population size might remain the responsibility of each government, but the Regime would have some power to enforce the agreed limits. If this could be accomplished, security might be provided by an armed international organization, a global analogue of a police force. Many people have recognized this as a goal, but the way to reach it remains obscure in a world where factionalism seems, if anything, to be increasing. The first step necessarily involves partial surrender of sovereignty to an international organization.”
Holdren is of course careful about how his “Planetary Regime” might enforce these limits, but given the common bonds of Fascists and Socialists, a contemporary global solution with much more efficient ecological results than dismembering children in the womb would be to release a biological agent targeting mass populations in developing regions of Asia and Africa – something like strains of Swine or Bird Influenza. After all, AlGorites consider climate change to be a crisis of global proportions, and such a crisis requires innovative solutions.
Holdren concludes, “This may be the last opportunity to choose our own and our descendants’ destiny. Failing to choose or making the wrong choices may lead to catastrophe. But it must never be forgotten that the right choices could lead to a much better world.”
In 1931, futurist H.G. Wells wrote of Sanger’s proposed regime, “The movement she started will grow to be, a hundred years from now, the most influential of all time. When the history of our civilization is written, it will be a biological history, and Margaret Sanger will be its heroine.”
Apparently, Obama’s director of White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is prepared to do his part to sustain Sanger’s legacy.
Given Holdren’s musings about population control, should these folks be in charge of determining who receives what medical care?
Circling back to that same interview with Justice Ginsburg last week, here is how she defended a woman’s right to end the life of her baby before birth: “The basic thing is that the government has no business making that choice for a woman.”
But in regard to ObamaCare, I doubt that Ginsburg would apply a similar standard: “The basic thing is that the government has no business making that choice.”
The Hippocratic Oath, until recently the de facto position of medicine, established the fundamental principle that a physician should “First, do no harm.” Perhaps BO himself should take that oath – not that he has shown any penchant for honoring the one he took for his current job.
Post Script: On July 15, the day I wrote this essay, both the White House and John Holdren’s office issued statements on this controversy after inquiries by the Washington Times and the Catholic News Agency.
According to The Washington Times: “When asked whether Mr. Holdren’s thoughts on population control have changed over the years, his staff [responded], ‘This material is from a three-decade-old, three-author college textbook. Dr. Holdren addressed this issue during his confirmation when he said he does not believe that determining optimal population is a proper role of government’.”
According to the Catholic News Agency, Rick Weiss from the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Director of Strategic Communications, said the material at issue was from “a three-decade-old, three-author textbook used in colleges to teach energy policy.”
Apparently, all of Holdren’s staff got the “three-decade old” memo….
Are these statements a disavowal of Holdren’s foundational beliefs about environmental solutions? I would suggest that Holdren’s metamorphisis into an academic celebrity at Harvard is not unlike William Ayers metamorphosis into an academic celebrity at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I do not believe that the radical fundamental beliefs of Holdren or Ayers have changed, but they are certainly more adroit at concealing those beliefs, not unlike BHO.
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