Truth about Margaret Sanger....

  1. I stumbled accross this woman Margaret Sanger when I was searching 100 top nurses in America.

    Sanger is the founder of planned parenthood.... she paved the way for women to control their own bodies as far as pregnancy is concerned...

    Then I ran across that she was a nurse and she had nazi like ideas even spoke at a KKK rally about using birth control to cleanse the human race!!!!!

    Has anyone heard of this woman and if this websites are true that she was a racist?
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  3. by   loricatus
    Quote from student4life
    I stumbled accross this woman Margaret Sanger when I was searching 100 top nurses in America.

    Sanger is the founder of planned parenthood.... she paved the way for women to control their own bodies as far as pregnancy is concerned...

    Then I ran across that she was a nurse and she had nazi like ideas even spoke at a KKK rally about using birth control to cleanse the human race!!!!!

    Has anyone heard of this woman and if this websites are true that she was a racist?
    Learned about her in sociology. She was a leader in the Eugenics movement and even advised the up and coming Hitler on her philosophy. Birth control was the method to reduce the minority population and the mentally ill were also "fixed" so they could not reproduce. The propaganda of "control over one's body" was developed to legitimize a movement which had a completely different motive. Stopping to think of it, I could not even get a tooth pulled by a dentist because he thought the tooth should be saved-I sure wasn't given the option to have control over my body (and it was only a tooth)!
  4. by   fergus51
    She definitely made racist comments in keeping with the time she lived in. Some believe they are sincere, others feel she was just seeking any allies she could in helping to provide women with methods to control their reproduction.

    Personally, whether she was a racist or not, I believe her legacy is a good one. Without her, most of us probably wouldn't even have access to birth control.
  5. by   ChristineN
    I've heard that she said that her goal was to perform 1,000,000 abortions to black mothers. Not sure if the goal would be to exterminate the entire race.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Without her, most of us probably wouldn't even have access to birth control.
    I agree.
  7. by   fergus51
    From PP, this site discusses the racism and eugenics accusations made against Sanger: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/pp2...ret-sanger.xml

    Beginning in 1939, DuBois served on the advisory council for Sanger's "Negro Project," which was designed to serve African Americans in the rural South. The advisory council called it a "unique experiment in race-building and humanitarian service to a race subjected to discrimination, hardship, and segregation (Chesler, 1992)."

    In a letter to philanthropist Albert Lasker, from whom she hoped to raise funds for the project, Sanger wrote that she wanted to help


    a group notoriously underprivileged and handicapped to a large measure by a 'caste' system that operates as an added weight upon their efforts to get a fair share of the better things in life. To give them the means of helping themselves is perhaps the richest gift of all. We believe birth control knowledge brought to this group, is the most direct, constructive aid that can be given them to improve their immediate situation (Sanger, 1939, July).

    In 1942, she wrote again to Lasker, saying


    I think it is magnificent that we are in on the ground floor, helping Negroes to control their birth rate, to reduce their high infant and maternal death rate, to maintain better standards of health and living for those already born, and to create better opportunities for those who will be born (Sanger, 1942).
  8. by   fergus51
    Also from the same site

    Sanger and Eugenics

    Eugenics is a theory of improving hereditary qualities by socially controlling human reproduction. Eugenicists, including the Nazis, were opposed to the use of contraception or abortion by healthy and "fit" women (Grossmann, 1995). In fact, Sanger's books were among the very first burned by the Nazis in their campaign against family planning ("Sanger on Exhibit," 1999/2000). (Sanger helped several Jewish women and men and others escape the Nazi regime in Germany ("Margaret Sanger and the 'Refugee Department'," 1993).)
  9. by   CyndieRN2007
    Quote from fergus51
    Without her, most of us probably wouldn't even have access to birth control.
    That's probably true, but I cringe at the thought that she was racist, no way around that....
  10. by   TweetiePieRN
    Quote from fergus51
    Without her, most of us probably wouldn't even have access to birth control.
    Amen to this!!!
  11. by   SharonH, RN
    It's hard to argue with some of the things Margaret Sanger fought for: birth control, sex education, sexual freedom and pleasure, and control for women over their bodies. However her fight for these things was motivated by less than lofty ideals, namely the idea that "deliquents" and "defectives" should not procreate. I am not inclined to give her a pass because it was "in keeping with the times".


    A lot of her beliefs were motivated by her own experience of growing up in a large Catholic family and her own experiences with childbirth.


    It's hard to get an accurate picture of who Margaret Sanger really was because the agenda of the person who is talking about her will cloud how the story is told. A lot of the things she said and did were taken out of context and twisted, but a lot of them were not.


    Here are some quotes from Margaret Sanger:


    It is said that the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development, has so little sexual control that police authority alone prevents him from obtaining sexual satisfaction on the streets.


    No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.


    A mutual and satisfied sexual act is of great benefit to the average woman, the magnetism of it is health giving. When it is not desired on the part of the woman and she gives no response, it should not take place.



    As an advocate of birth control I wish ... to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the 'unfit' and the 'fit,' admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation....
    On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.



    Enlightened and forward-thinker or rabid racist-elitist?
  12. by   TweetiePieRN
    Quote from student4life
    That's probably true, but I cringe at the thought that she was racist, no way around that....
    Maybe she was...but she is deceased now. Are you writing a paper about her?
    Last edit by TweetiePieRN on Jan 4, '06
  13. by   fergus51
    I dunno Sharon. Personally, I agree that people who can't afford to care for their children or aren't able to care for their children because they are mentally ill shouldn't have children. Maybe that makes me a bad liberal, but I am tired of seeing the results of women having more and more children they can't take care of. I'm not talking about forced sterilization or anything, but I do think it's a good idea to encourage birth control among those people.
  14. by   fergus51
    I actually don't think she was really a racist. Her efforts were to help black Americans, not eradicate them.

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