Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood and Eugenics

It was socialist Margaret Sanger, free-love advocate, who launched a campaign in 1916 to promote contraception and abortion in order to free women from the burdens of unwanted pregnancy.

Sanger later adopted the views of the eugenicists who promoted the idea that only “the fit” should be encouraged to have children and “the unfit” discouraged from doing so. Sex education became an indispensable part of Sanger’s birth-control movement. As a result, Planned Parenthood, which she founded, became the pioneer advocate of comprehensive sex education in the schools.

In 1953, Planned Parenthood staffer Lena Levine wrote, “[Our goal] is to be ready as educators and parents to help young people obtain sex satisfaction before marriage. By sanctioning sex before marriage, we will prevent fear and guilt … we must be ready to provide young boys and girls with the best contraception measures available so they will have the necessary means to achieve sexual satisfaction without having to risk possible pregnancy.”

As a result of Margaret Sanger views on free love, contraception, abortion and eugenics, we have seen explosive rates of STDs/STIs among black adolescents and abortions now outpace live births in NYC’s black communities.

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What do you think of Margaret Sanger’s sordid history? Sound off in the comments section below!

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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2 Responses to Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood and Eugenics

  1. Mary Alice says:

    It’s amazing how Black males assume Black women NEVER developed or used birth control BEFORE the birth of Margaret Sanger.


    • The issue is not birth control by black women. The issue is Margaret Sanger’s embrace of population control, eugenics and white supremacy. Black women and men should practice birth control as a shared family decision. I don’t believe I was singling out anyone other than Margaret Sanger. I will continue to provoke critical thinking by all people, men and women.


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