KKK & Planned Parenthood: The Evil Secrets They Try To Hide

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As many across the world are disgusted and shocked as hidden videos of Planned Parenthood officials casually discussing the selling of aborted baby parts over lunch continue to be released, they may be even more interested to know about some awful truths Planned Parenthood tries desperately to hide from the public.  Let me start off by saying this is not a pro-life or pro-choice debate.  This is about the very ugly background of an organization that engages in birth control and abortions – Planned Parenthood.

Upon doing research lately into Planned Parenthood for some articles, I was surprised one day, when gathering information for another article, to find a photograph of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger standing above what appeared to be a large group of KKK members* (*I later discovered it was a fake – more on that in a moment).

At the time, I had to focus on the article I was already working on – but, I knew I would come back to it at some point.

Boy, was I in for a surprise.  First of all, here is the original photograph that piqued my interest:

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The original is above, the fake is below…. However, just because the photograph is fake does not mean she didn’t speak in front of a group of female KKK members.  In fact, as I began to dig, it became clear that, by today’s standards, Sanger would be considered not unlike a Hitler figure – a racist, a believer in eugenics (breeding racial purity – eugenics being the cornerstone of Hitler’s “Aryan” race plan), and a believer in racial purity.

Planned Parenthood was not started with intentions to help anyone – it was a cover for a program to eliminate people stemming from a very ill-founded belief that African-American and other races Sanger found repulsive as well as poor, large families with too many children, and “hebrew immigrants” (Jews) should not exist in large numbers, if at all.

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In her autobiography, Sanger says:

“I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan…I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses…In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.” (Sanger 366)

Red State explains of the quote and expands:

The above quote is taken from the autobiography of Margaret Sanger, the sometimes revered mother of American abortion. She is also the founder of Planned Parenthood, an organization that has come under scrutiny recently for its use of federal tax dollars in financing the abortions that generate the bulk of its revenue, causing public friction for its supporting groups like Susan G. Komen and the Girl Scouts.  

 Though a highly misunderstood figure, Sanger is often quickly associated with “progressivism.” But considering that the Ku Klux Klan would be considered anything but “progressive” by today’s standards, this quote immediately begs the question- why were the women of the KKK so attracted to her message? These women, predominantly Protestant Christians in Sanger’s time, would have generally rejected progressive or scientific social initiatives. Yet they, much like the liberal and commonly unreligious advocates of Planned Parenthood would later do, found Sanger worthy of admiration.  

Lloyd Marcus, author of Confessions of a Black Conservative, provides some perspective to address this peculiarity, and shares some truths about what the left’s devotion to abortion has wrought, specifically in regard to American blacks.

He writes:

 “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” So said Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood.

Now, there is debate on the authenticity of the above quote regarding exterminating African American people.

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The blog Egnorance says of the quote’s origin and of Sanger:

I checked to see of I could find a specific reference for that quote from Sanger. It is referred to on many websites, but I could not find a clear attribution for those words to her published writings or statements.

Sanger– the founder of Planned Parenthood– wrote and spoke enough hate to keep those of us who detest eugenics busy for a lifetime, and there is no need or place for fabricating her quotes.

That said, [the “quote”] seems to reflect genuine sentiments that she unambigiously expressed about people who failed to meet her eugenic standards.

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Eugenics was utterly and usually explicitly racist. Sanger had a “Negro Project” in which she devoted considerable attention to contraception in the black community and she courted black leaders to support the application of her contraceptive ideology.

[Sanger] also spoke to the Ku Klux Klan on a number of occassions about her contraceptive ideology, and although she did not recount the content of her speeches, it’s safe to assume that she did not champion greater “Negro” fertility.

Sanger was a close ally of overt racists.  She frequently featured essays by racists and eugenicists in her magazine, the Birth Control Review, of which she was founder and editor.  Lothrop Stoddard, who was appointed by Sanger to the board of directors of the Birth Control League, which was later renamed Planned Parenthood, also contributed to Sanger’s Birth Control Review.

Stoddard wrote in his own book “The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy”:

“We must resolutely oppose both Asiatic permeation of white race-areas and Asiatic inundation of those non-white, but equally non-Asiatic regions inhabited by the really inferior races.”

Here is a well-attested quote from Sanger herself, from her December 10, 1939 letter to eugenics leader Dr. Clarence Gamble:
“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.”

Sanger was very interested in the black community. As you might surmise, Sanger’s interest in a race was not necessarily a consequence of her admiration for it.

The very fact that she outright said “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population”, whether she was saying she didn’t want it to be a wild rumor – either way is disturbing.

Sanger’s further desire to rid the world of the mentally handicapped is explained in an article on BlackGenocide:

In a 1921 article in the Birth Control Review, Sanger wrote, “The most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.” Reviewers of one of her 1919 articles interpreted her objectives as “More children from the fit, less from the unfit.” Again, the question of who decides fitness is important, and it was an issue that Sanger only partly addressed. “The undeniably feebleminded should indeed, not only be discouraged but prevented from propagating their kind,” she wrote.

Sanger advocated the mandatory sterilization of the insane and feebleminded.” Although this does not diminish her legacy as the key force in the birth control movement, it raises questions much like those now being raised about our nation’s slaveholding founders. How do we judge historical figures? How are their contributions placed in context?

It is easy to see why there is some antipathy toward Sanger among people of color, considering that, given our nation’s history, we are the people most frequently described as “unfit” and “feebleminded.”

There is so much information to go through when it comes to the person that is Margaret Sanger and her, in my opinion, horrifying beliefs.  Spectator.org sums it up (for now, as I will continue to update this report) the best:

One might ask, why would the KKK be so interested in Ms. Sanger? The reasons are obvious, a natural fit.

Sanger was a passionate racial-eugenicist with a crowning vision for what she openly called “race improvement.” The Planned Parenthood founder lamented America’s “race of degenerates.”

The nation’s landscape needed to be purged of its “human weeds” and “the dead weight of human waste.” This included the “feeble-minded,” the “insane,” and the just plain “idiots.” Sanger shared the disparaging view of humanity held by another progressive icon, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, who declared that “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

Like Holmes, and, for that matter, like Adolf Hitler—who was an obviously more aggressive racial-eugenicist—Sanger hoped to finesse and refine the “gene pool.”

She would do so not with gas chambers and concentration camps but with birth-control pills, eliminating human life before conception rather than after birth. Thus, her Planned Parenthood, which was originally called the American Birth Control League.

One of Sanger’s favorite slogans, so much so that it adorned the masthead of her Birth Control Review, was this: “Birth Control: To Create a Race of Thoroughbreds.”


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