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Margaret Sanger: Hillary’s Hero Print E-mail
By George Marlin   
Friday, 05 June 2009

When Hillary Clinton was representing New York in the U.S. Senate, in order to placate her large Catholic and Jewish Orthodox and Hasidim constituencies, she called on Democrats to be more tolerant of the beliefs of those who oppose abortion. But now, reporting to the most pro-abortion president ever to hold that office, and not to the electorate, Secretary of State Clinton is revealing her genuine extremist positions on the subject.

At Planned Parenthood’s recent annual gala in Houston, Mrs. Clinton, accepting its highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award, said “I want to assure you that reproductive rights. . .will be a key to the foreign policy of this administration.”

Let’s see: North Korea is testing nukes and lobbing missiles, the Middle East is a tinderbox, Iran is developing a bomb, the economic crisis might destabilize international relations, but “reproductive rights” (a/k/a abortion) is a key issue in Hillary Clinton’s State Department. The taking of innocent life gets the same priority as issues of war and peace. How absurd is that?

There’s more: Secretary Clinton also told her adoring audience, “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision,” and “Margaret Sanger’s work is not yet done.”

Let’s be thankful her work is not yet done! Because Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) the founder of Planned Parenthood and the editor of The Birth Control Review was one of America’s leading proponents of a particularly crude kind of eugenics.

The belief that the evolution of the human race may be improved by programs of breeding which foster more desirable traits than nature alone may provide is called eugenics or positive eugenics. Negative eugenics (also known as dysgenics or cacogenics) would “purify” the gene pool by breeding out undesirable traits or by disposing of undesirable human beings: individuals, ethnic groups, or whole races.

Sanger embraced both approaches. “Eugenics,” Sanger said in 1921, is “suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political, and social problems. The most intransigeant [sic] and daring teachers and scientists have lent their support to this great biological interpretation of the human race.” Sanger boldly championed “more children for the fit, less from the unfit, that is the chief issue of birth control.” And she believed she could provide the leadership necessary to identify undesirables and implement plans to intervene in their sex lives.

Born to Irish Catholic parents who raised eleven children, Margaret Sanger rejected Church teachings on procreation and proposed a Code to Stop the Overproduction of Children Based on Common Sense Instead of Sentiment, which asserted that no woman “has a legal right to bear children, and no man shall have the right to become a father without a permit for parenthood.”

To restrict breeding, local government birth control clinics would be empowered to issue a limited number of birth permits to ensure that population growth would be controlled. Only those with proper genetic credentials and with the financial means to support a family would receive a permit for parenthood, valid for one birth. Those found biologically unfit, the “feeble-minded,” would be sterilized. “There is only one reply to a request for a higher birth rate among the intelligent,” Sanger wrote, “and that is to ask the government to first take the burden of the insane and feebleminded from your back. Sterilization for these is the solution.”

Appalled by the influx of Southern and Eastern Europeans who landed on our shores in the early twentieth century, Sanger opened her first birth control clinic in Brownsville, Brooklyn, a neighborhood populated by what she considered “irresponsible breeders” – Slavs, Latinos, and Jews.

Sanger also condemned immigrant Italian Catholics for following Church teachings and propagating “feebleminded” children. According to Sanger, their population had degenerated to “very inferior racial health” due to the celibacy of intelligent Italian priests and nuns.

Sanger even found the democratic process wanting. In the April 1925 issue of The Birth Control Review, she opined: “We can all vote, even the mentally arrested. And so it is no surprise to find the moron’s vote as good as the vote of the geniuses. The outlook is not a cheerful one.” Claiming that elected representatives were “apparently mentally and constitutionally unfit,” she called for qualifying intelligence tests for legislators.

“Progress,” G.K. Chesterton observed, “has discouraged anybody who had anything to say in favor of man, in his common relations to manhood and motherhood and the normal appetites of nature. Progress has been merely the persecution of the Common Man.” Margaret Sanger, one of America’s most prominent progressives, devoted her life to trying to restrict Catholic and Jewish “human weeds,” as she called them. Only an Anglo-Saxon “race of thoroughbreds,” she preached, should be permitted to exist.

And now our nation’s chief foreign policy spokesman calls on Sanger’s heirs to finish her work. What a scary prospect for the world’s common folks.

George Marlin is the author of The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact.

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Christians Wake Up
written by Willie, June 05, 2009
Is it now the policy of this government to engage in world wide genetic engineering? Is this the final solution to depopulating third world countries? We have heard this week from her boss, as he dreams of a one world order, that America in not a Christian country and that we are all Muslims. Bit by bit the true spirit of this regime comes forth. What a contrast to any previous regime. It is hard for me to believe that anyone could accuse this website of political bashing. We are under attack.
written by Karen, June 05, 2009
I never hear of Margaret Sanger before this article, and I almost wish I still haven't. It is a sad day when this kind of limited respect for the human race is tolerated let alone promoted. I'm getting flashbacks of the movie Gattaca.
might get shot at church
written by afraid to give name, June 05, 2009
You've taken Margaret Sanger's words of out context. If people would respect their wives and the natural rhythm of their bodies - Margaret Sanger's work would not have been necessary.
written by Timothy Johnson, June 05, 2009
It is unbelievable how useless the news media has become. Surely someone in the mainstream media would note what an irony it is that Secretary of State HRC is receiving an award in the name of a eugenicist or better put, a racist. And lately it seems that they never even bother to check if Obama's deeds match his words. For example when he called for a common ground between pro-choice and pro-life sides, why did no one in the MSM point out his extreme abortion voting record?
written by CB, June 05, 2009
There is only one defense for Hillary and it's a good one. She is undoubtedly one of the most plastic people to ever come on the political scene. Remember her most recent quip when visiting the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe? "Who painted it?" Hillary is known for saying or doing what the focus groups say she should. I doubt if she has a firm grasp on the history behind Margaret Sanger. Whether that is a good quality for the Secretary of State is another matter entirely.
Sadly, I cannot
written by Thomas C. Coleman, Jr., June 05, 2009
Sadly, I will not be able to forward this gem to a priest who, after I forwarded him the story of the Sec of State's Guadapule adventure, accused me of suggesting that "God hates Hillary." After I forwarded him some of the bishops' remarks concerning the ND award to the Prez, he ordered me to "cease and desist" e-mailing him, claming I was being unpatriotic. Clearly, we have work to do among our fellow Catholics.
written by dp, June 05, 2009
To "afraid to give name"

Ok...please help us out then - clarify Margaret Sanger's words so that we will no longer think that she was, at best, terribly misguided. In the meantime, I'll be praying for our Secretary of State.
written by Dennis Bartlett, June 06, 2009
What a disappointment that Planned Parenthood's Adolph Eichmann Award went to Hillary and not to the equally deserving Pelosi Galore.
written by Aelric, June 06, 2009
"The taking of innocent life gets the same priority as issues of war and peace. How absurd is that?"

Of course that is NOT absurd: what is absurd is that the Obama administration so strongly advocates and facilitates the objective moral evil of abortion. Just societies that honor the intrinsic value of innocent human life would be less likely to engage in wars of aggression. If only our State Department considered that possibility as part of its foreign policy.
Need the Sanger Source
written by Debating Obama Catholics, June 07, 2009
Would you please give me the source of Sanger's remarks? I have been quoting an unknown (to me) statement of Sanger where she said that she wanted to stop the "breeding of Jews, Blacks, and Italians." My ambivalent "Obama Catholic" friends are uneasy when I then compare the Obama administration to Sanger because of the administration's efforts to control "the breeding of Africans and Latins" by voiding the Mexico City accord. Cheerio.
Book about Sanger
written by Sandy Jones, June 07, 2009
There is a book about Margaret Sanger by Elasah Drogin which provides a great deal of information and quotes from Sanger's own publications. It is called "Margaret Sanger, Father of Modern Society." Mrs. Drogin is a convert to Catholicism from Judaism and is (I believe) associated with the Third Order Dominicans at New Hope, Kentucky.
For Dennis Bartlett
written by Brad Miner, June 07, 2009
Mr. Bartlett,
Civility, please.
The Mgt.
written by Paul Cornish, June 08, 2009
I am just trying to figure out what context would justify calling people "human weeds"? People are strange.
music teacher
written by Irene, June 09, 2009
So much anger and hatred. It was there for Margaret Sanger and it can easily be seen in Hillary. What is most scary is that the world's common folk (those who support the Margarets and Hillaries and prop them into their elevated positions) do not seem to see that hate. They have lost sight of the truth.

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