Eugenics / Race-Linked Abortion / Reproductive Racism

Facts about Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

Quotes, Historical Information…


Margaret Sanger said about her 1939 <Negro Project>, "We do not wantword to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population andthe minister is the man who can straighten out the idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." [1]


Clarence Gamble, president of the American Eugenics Research Association, said:

"There is a great danger that we will fail because
the Negroes think it a plan for extermination.  Hence lets appear to
let the colored run it as we appear to let [the] south do the
conference in Atlanta."[2]

Under this policy, Planned Parenthood of
America hired a full-time "Negro Consultant" in 1944.[3]

The entire operation [Sanger's 1939 Negro Project] then was a ruse–a
manipulative attempt to get Blacks to cooperate in their own

The project was quite successful.  Its genocidal intentions were
carefully camouflaged beneath several layers of condescending
social-service rhetoric and organizational expertise. . . Soon
clinics throughout the South were distributing contraceptives to
Blacks and <Margaret's dream of discouraging "the defective and
diseased elements of humanity' from their 'reckless and irresponsible
swarming and spawning" was at last being fulfilled.>[4]*

In a 1926 speech at Vassar, Sanger said the nation needed to follow
the "drastic immigration laws" of 1924 with methods "to cut down on
the rapid multiplication of the unfit and undesirable at home."[5]

In a March, 1939 letter, Margaret Sanger explained to Frank Boudreau,
director of the Milbank Memorial Fund: ".  . . That is not asking or
suggesting a cradle competition between the intelligent and the
ignorant, but a drastic curtailment of the birth rate at the source
of the unfit, the diseased and the incompetent . . . . The birth
control clinics all over the country are doing their utmost to reach
the lower strata [the minorities] of our population . . ."[6]

To stop this "multiplication," Sanger could be harsh.  Her book, <The
Pivot of Civilization>, has a chapter called "The Cruelty of
Charity." In it she blasts as "insidiously injurious" programs to
provide "medical and nursing facilities to slum mothers." In other
words, Sanger wanted ethnic cleansing.  Instead of helping the poor,
she considered them (particularly Blacks, Hispanics, and Jewish
immigrants) slum dwellers who would soon overrun the boundaries of
their slums and contaminate the better elements of society with their
inferior genes.

Throughout the 200+ pages of <The Pivot of Civilization> Sanger
called for the elimination of human weeds: "for the cessation of
charity, for the segregation of morons, misfits, and maladjusted,"
and for the sterilization of "genetically inferior races."[7]


In this same book she argued that organized attempts to help the poor were
the "surest sign that our civilization has bred, is breeding, and is perpetuating
…defectives, delinquents, and dependents."[8]

"Margaret Sanger is responsible, more than anyone else, for keeping
alive international racism.  She played the attractive hostess for
racist thinkers all over the world.  Organizing the First World
Population Conference in Geneva in 1926, she invited Clarence C.
Little, Edward A.  East, Henry Pratt Fairchild, and Raymond
Pearl–all infamous racists."[9]

"In 1932, it [the <Birth Control Review>] outlined *Margaret's 'Plan
for Peace,' calling for coercive sterilization, mandatory
segregation, and rehabilitative concentration camps for all 'disgenic

In 1933, the <Birth Control Review> published 'Eugenic
Sterilization: An Urgent Need' by Ernst Rudin, who was Hitler's
director of genetic sterilization and a founder of the Nazi Society
for Racial Hygiene.[11]

And later that same year, it published an
article by Leon Whitney entitled, 'Selective Sterilization,' which
adamantly praised and defended the Third Reich's racial

Margaret Sanger and former Planned Parenthood President Alan
Guttmacher were both listed in 1956 as members of the American
Eugenics Society, Inc.

Today, Planned Parenthood vigorously supports Margaret Sanger's philosophies:

In 1992, Planned Parenthood's immediate past president, Faye
Wattleton, won Planned Parenthood's coveted Margaret Sanger Award.
The following is quoted from Planned Parenthood Federation of
America's 1992 Annual Report, page 13: "THE PPFA MARGARET SANGER
AWARD, *<Planned Parenthood's highest honor*>,* was presented in 1992
to former PPFA President Faye Wattleton.  Planned Parenthood's
national leader from 1978 until March 1992, Ms. Wattleton exemplified
the courage *<and ideals>* of Margaret Sanger,*PPFA's founder."

Planned Parenthood also has a Margaret Sanger Clinic.

The Racism of Planned Parenthood today:

"A racial analysis of abortion statistics is quite revealing.
According to a Health and Human Services Administration report, as
many as forty-three percent of all abortions are performed on Blacks
and another ten percent on Hispanics.[13] This, despite the fact that
Blacks only make up eleven percent of the total U.S.  population and
Hispanics only about eight percent.[14] A National Academy of
Sciences investigation released more conservative–but no less
telling-figures: thirty-two percent of all abortions are performed on
minority mothers."[15]

"During the 1980s when Planned Parenthood shifted its focus from
community-based clinics, it again targeted inner-city minority
neighborhoods.[16] Of the more than one hundred school-based clinics
that have opened nationwide in the last decade, <none> have been at
substantially all-White schools.[17] <None> have been at suburban
middle-class schools.  <*All have been at Black, minority, or ethnic

Planned Parenthood itself reports[18] that of the 132,314 abortions
it did in 1991, 23.2% were on African Americans, 12.5% were on
Hispanics, and 7% were on other minorities.  Thus, the total
abortions on minorities is 42.7%.  But minorities comprise only 19.7%
of the U.S. population.[19] Therefore, relative to population
*Planned Parenthood preferred to abort minorities three times[20] as
much as whites.*

"'There is no way you can escape the implications,' argues Black
financial analyst William L.  Davis.  'Whe

n an organization has a
history of racism, when its literature is openly racist, when its
goals are self-consciously racial, and when its programs invariably
revolve around race, it doesn't take an expert to realize that the
organization is indeed <racist>.  *<Really now, how can anyone
believe anything about Planned Parenthood except that it is a hive of
elitist bigotry, prejudice, and bias?*>* Just because the
organization has a smattering of minority staffers in key positions
does nothing to dispel the plain facts.'"[21]


1. Linda Gordon, <Woman's Body, Woman's Right> (New York: Grossman,
   1974, 1976) 332-333.  Gordon is a feminist and a strong abortion

2. Ibid, 333.

3. Ibid, 353.

4. Margaret Sanger, <The Pivot of Civilization> (New York: Brentano's,
   1922) 108.

5. Margaret Sanger, "The Function of Sterilization," speech delivered at
   Vassar College, August 5, 1926.  Described in Chase, Allan, <The
   Legacy of Malthus,> (New York: 1977), 658.

6. Gordon, 359.

7. Margaret Sanger, <The Pivot of Civilization,> 264.

8. Elasah Drogin, <Margaret Sanger, Father of Modern Society> (New Hope
   KY: CUL Publications, 1980) 45.

9. Drogin, 109.

10. <Birth Control Review,> April, 1932, 107; See Elasah Drogin,
    <Margaret Sanger: Father of Modern Society> (1986), 11-38.

11. <Birth Control Review,> April, 1933, 102.

12. <Birth Control Review,> 17:4, 1933, 85.

13. Allan Chase, <The Legacy of Malthus: The Social Costs of the New
    Scientific Racism> (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977) 411.

14. A.L. Thornton, "U.S. Statistical Survey: A Reanalysis of the 1980
    Census Figures for Population Distribution and Composi tion," <
    Demographics Today,> March, 1983, 62.

15. Allan Chase, 411.

16. Although Planned Parenthood is a primary instigator in the
    School-Based Clinic movement, only rarely does an affiliate become
    institutionally involved in their day to day operation.

17. Carl R.  de Vries, Benjamin Goldstein, and Linda Evankirov, <Teen
    Pregnancy: Crisis, Solution, and Opposition> (Boston: Educational
    Software Information Group, 1987), 14; and Roberta Weiner, <Teen
    Pregnancy: Impact on the Schools > (Alexandria, VA: Capitol
    Publications, 1987).

18. <1992 Service Report,> 1992.

19. <Statistical Abstract of the United States,> 1992, 17.

20. [42.7/(100-42.6)]/[19.7/(100-19.7)] = 3

21. George Grant, <Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood>
    (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1984) 98.

(Information compiled by Lynn K. Murphy, Life Research Institute, June, 1994)