26 June 2009

Margaret Sanger

Check this out: Why don't people know this?
"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked how she could have said in a speech to Planned Parenthood that she was "in awe of Margaret Sanger." The Secretary said that "Margaret Sanger's life and leadership was one of the most transformational in the entire history of the human race and that Sanger's work both here and abroad was not done."

I pointed out that Sanger's legacy was indeed transformational, but not for the better if one happens to be poor, disenfranchised, weak, disabled, a person of color, an unborn child, or among the many so-called undesirables, that Sanger would exclude and exterminate from the human race.

Sanger's prolific writings drip with contempt for those she considered unfit to live. I have actually read many of Sanger's articles and books. She was an unapologetic eugenicist and a racist who said, "The most merciful thing a family does for one of its infant members is to kill it."

She also said on another occasion, "Eugenics is…the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems."

In Sanger's book, "The Pivot of Civilization," chapter five is entitled, "The Cruelty of Charity." In that chapter, she makes a shockingly inhumane case for the systematic denial of prenatal and maternal health care for poor pregnant women.

Sanger said, and I quote in pertinent part, "Such benevolence is not merely superficial and nearsighted. It conceals a stupid cruelty…" and leads to "deterioration in the human stock" and "the perpetuation of defectives, delinquents and dependents."

I told Secretary Clinton that it was extraordinarily difficult to understand how anyone could be in awe of Margaret Sanger, a person who made no secret whatsoever of views that were antithetical to protecting fundamental human rights of the weakest and the most vulnerable, and could suggest that Sanger's work remains undone around the world. "

By Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)