Margaret Sanger

The founder of Planned Parenthood remains a controversial figure, even decades after her death.

Pro-life activists point to her widely published views as proof that her vision of "birth control" was really an attempt to limit the elements of the population she considered undesirable—racial minorities and others she labeled "feeble-minded."

Planned Parenthood today takes great pains to distance itself from its founder, hiding behind such statements as:

Sanger also entertained some popular ideas of her own time that are out of keeping with our own. Finding it easier to undermine her character than to confront the message she conveyed, the anti-family planning movement has seized upon some of these ideas, taken them out of context, and exaggerated and distorted them in order to discredit Sanger and the organization she founded.

Noble sentiments, perhaps, but just plain wrong. And to show that we're not afraid of the truth, we hereby invite you to read two of Sanger's works in full:

The Pivot of Civilization and

Woman and the New Race

Planned Parenthood will assert that comments such as the following are twisted by "anti-choice extremists."

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.

We say—read the books yourself.

The catch can't read them on Planned Parenthood's web site. Planned Parenthood only allows you to see excerpts—the ones they've selected. These books were very hard to get when Planned Parenthood held the copyrights; they didn't want anyone checking on what their master propagandist actually thought. But now the copyrights have expired, and the books are in the public domain.

See for yourself. As one of the cable news channels likes to say, "we decide!"


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