Monday, July 18, 2011

Planned Parenthood's Founder: Muddle-Headed & Hard-Hearted

Jack Yoest has compiled a few quotes from Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger's book, The Pivot of Civilization. I suggest you bookmark the article and use it liberally (pun intended) in your letters to editors and politicians, in your conversations around the water cooler, in your testimonies at church, and so on. I'll give you here a small sample:

On page 35, "We prefer the policy of immediate sterilization."

On page 39, Sanger denigrates the charitable impulse that provides schools for the blind, deaf and mute. She writes, "Our eyes should be opened to the terrific cost ...of this dead weight of human waste."

On page 6, Sanger tells us that "Official moralists" are responsible for the presence of "the moron and the imbecile."

On page 9, Sanger decries "The lack of balance between the birth-rate of the 'unfit' and the 'fit'" and complains that "the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. The... inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken, [present the need] to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective."  "Possibly drastic and Spartan methods may be forced upon American society if it continues complacently to encourage the chance and chaotic breeding that has resulted from our stupid, cruel sentimentalism."

On page 18, "In truth, unfortunate babies who depart [die] during their first twelve months are more fortunate in many respects than those who survive to undergo punishment for their parents' cruel ignorance and complacent fecundity."

On page 28, "There is but one practical and feasible program in handling the great problem of the feeble-minded. That is, as the best authorities are agreed [medical doctors], to prevent the birth of those who would transmit imbecility to their descendants...Modern conditions of civilization...furnish the most favorable breeding-ground for the mental defective, the moron, the imbecile."

On page 36, "Eugenics seems to me to be valuable in its...diagnostic aspects...seeking to re-establish the dominance of the healthy strain over the unhealthy...over the unfit."

On page 61, "Eugenic thus aims to seek out the root of our itself of inherent defects...hereditable taints...feeble-minded...breeding an ever-increasing army of under-sized, stunted and dehumanized slaves."

On page 66, "Eugenics...[with] clear thinking [will provide] the means to racial health."

Sanger opens her Chapter Ten by quoting Robert G. Ingersoll, "Science must make woman the owner, the mistress of herself. Science [is] the only possible savior of mankind."

On page 96, "Every single case of inherited defect, every malformed child, every congenitally tainted human being brought into this world is of infinite importance to that poor individual; but it is of scarcely less importance to the rest of us and to all of our children who must pay in one way or another for these biological and racial mistakes."