Here are five quotes
founder of Planned Parenthood.
1) "We should hire
three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service
backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful
educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't
want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.
and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever
occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
Margaret Sanger's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence
Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia
Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also
described in Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History
of Birth Control in America. New York:
Grossman Publishers, 1976.
sterilization is an urgent need ... We must prevent multiplication of this
Margaret Sanger, April 1933 Birth Control Review.
3) "Our failure to segregate
morons who are increasing and multiplying ... demonstrates our foolhardy
and extravagant sentimentalism ... [Philanthropists] encourage the
healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of
unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it,
as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of
decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to
the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a
menacing degree dominant ... 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."
Margaret Sanger. The Pivot of Civilization, 1922.
Chapter on "The Cruelty of Charity," pages 116, 122, and 189.
College Library edition.
"Birth control must
lead ultimately to a cleaner race."
Margaret Sanger. Woman, Morality, and Birth Control.
New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.
"Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the
solution of racial, political and social problems." Margaret Sanger.
The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda.
Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.