'... human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning ... human beings
who never should have been born.'
-- Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood founder, referring to immigrants and poor people
Much can be learned of an organization by examining its roots and its fruit. When the claims of Christianity are considered, for example, we look to Christ: His life, His work, His words. The same is true of cults: we examine the root and the fruit.
Similarly, when examining the work of Planned Parenthood (PP), one cannot help but scrutinize the life and words of its founder.
"A good tree cannot bear bad fruit," Jesus said; "nor can a bad tree bear good ... You shall know them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:16, 18)
From the life, work and writings of Margaret Sanger (1883-1966) -- founder of PP and editor of The Birth Control Review from 1917 to 1938 -- the purpose and goal of that organization is revealed.
In her autobiography, Sanger admitted her entire life's purpose was to promote birth control. (An Autobiography, p. 194) Not only did she establish the research bureau that financed "the pill," she contributed toward the work of the German doctor who developed the IUD. ("Ernst Graefenberg and His Ring," Mt. Sinai Journal of Medicine, July-Aug. 1975, p. 345, in Margaret Sanger: Father of Modern Society, by Elasah Drogin)
Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial "purification," couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. (Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech).
Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child, she wrote in her "Plan for Peace." (Birth Control Review, April 1932)
Sanger espoused the thinking of eugenicists -- similar to Darwin's "survival of the fittest" -- but related the concept to human society, saying the genetic makeup of the poor, and minorities, for example, was inferior. (Pivot of Civilization, by Margaret Sanger, 1922, p. 80)
'A Race of Thoroughbreds'?
The purpose in promoting birth control was "to create a race of thoroughbreds," she wrote in The Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)
"More children from the fit, less from the unfit -- that is the chief aim of birth control." (Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12)
The goal of eugenicists is "to prevent the multiplication of bad stocks," wrote Dr. Ernst Rudin the April 1933 Birth Control Review. Another article exhorted Americans to "restrict the propagation of those physically, mentally and socially inadequate."
In Pivot of Civilization, Sanger referred to immigrants and poor folks as "human weeds," "reckless breeders," "spawning ... human beings who never should have been born."
Sanger's ultimate intention was to do away with all blacks. She admitted, however, that it might be necessary on occasion to employ a few, for appearance sake.
"We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population," she said, "if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." (Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon)
In her "Plan for Peace," Sanger outlined her strategy for eradication of those she deemed "feebleminded." Among the steps included in her evil scheme were immigration restrictions; compulsory sterilization; segregation to a lifetime of farm work; etc. (Birth Control Review, April 1932, p. 107)
One of Sanger's greatest influences, sexologist/eugenicist Dr. Havelock Ellis (with whom she had an affair, leading to her divorce from her first husband), urged mandatory sterilization of the poor as a prerequisite to receiving any public aid. (The Problem of Race Regeneration, by Havelock Ellis, p. 65, in Margaret Sanger: Father of Modern Society, p. 18)
Ellis believed that any sex was acceptable, as long as it hurt no one. (The Sage of Sex, A Life of Havelock Ellis, by Arthur Calder-Marshall, p. 88)
A woman's physical satisfaction was more important than any marriage vow, Sanger believed. (Birth Control in America, p. 11)
"The marriage bed is the most degenerating influence in the social order," Sanger said. (p. 23) Quite the opposite of God's view on the matter: "Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." (Hebrews 13:4)
Bad Root, Bad Fruit
A tree is either good or bad, Jesus said; a good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree, good. Considering the evil roots of Planned Parenthood, and the fruit it bears today -- the promotion of promiscuity among youth (Planned Parenthood News, summer 1953, p. 10), the consequent spread of disease, etc. -- the ax (God's Word )ought to be laid to the root of that organization, expose it for what it is, and leave it for dead.
The blood of 29 million unborn babies cries out from the ground for justice. And the future of our nation, which tolerates the unjust execution of these innocents, depends on it.
"Daughters of Jerusalem, weep ... for your children," Jesus said. "For, behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed (happy) are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the breasts which never gave suck." (Luke 23:24)
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