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Nazism and Planned Parenthood

 "The demand that defective people be prevented from propagating equally defective offspring…represents the most humane act of mankind." (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1, Chapter 10.)

 ". . .we prefer the policy of immediate sterilization, of making sure that parenthood is ' absolutely prohibited ' to the feeble-minded." (Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood, The Pivot of Civilization, p.102.)

  Most people today think that Planned Parenthood and Nazi Germany have little in common. Their histories show otherwise. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, subscribed to a Hitlerian philosophy of Eugenics - the science of improving "racial health" by socially engineering human reproduction. Both Hitler and the founders of Planned Parenthood advocated birth control, sterilization, and segregation in concentration camps for the "unfit."


  The subhead above is the slogan above from Margaret Sanger's December 1921 issue of her publication, Birth Control Review. It summarizes her philosophy. Like Adolf Hitler, Sanger considered herself to be part of a genetically superior elite who had to protect themselves against "hereditary taints." She set out to start a "New Race" - "A Race of Thoroughbreds." This elitist attitude is clearly at odds with the leftist, social worker image that is commonly attributed to her by the mass media.

In 1921, Sanger founded the American Birth Control League, which was renamed Planned Parenthood in 1942. In 1952 she helped found the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), serving as its first president until 1959. Even today, Planned Parenthood proudly proclaims her as its "visionary" founder. Sanger's 1922 manifesto, The Pivot of Civilization, states the following: "Birth Control which has been criticized as negative and destructive, is really the greatest and most truly eugenic method, and its adoption as part of the program of Eugenics would immediately give a concrete and realistic power to that science…as the most constructive and necessary of the means to racial health." (Margaret Sanger, The Pivot of Civilization, Brentano's Press, NY, 1922, p. 189.)


  The founders of Planned Parenthood had more ties to Hitler than just a shared vision. Their board of directors included avowed Nazi supporters like Dr. Lothrop Stoddard who authored The Rising Tide of Color Against White Supremacy and another praising the Nazi sterilization law. They used their official publication to spread Nazi propaganda.

In April of 1933, Birth Control Review published an article by Dr. Ernst Rubin, who was Hitler's director of genetic sterilization and a founder of the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene. In that article Dr. Rubin wrote: "The danger to the community of the unsegregated feeble-minded woman is more evident. Most dangerous are the middle and high grades living at large who, despite the fact that their defect is not easily recognizable, should nevertheless be prevented from procreation…In my view we should act without delay." (Prof. Dr. Ernst Rudin, "Eugenics Sterilization: An Urgent Need," Birth Control Review, Vol. XVII, Number 4, April 1933, pp. 102-4.)

Both Sanger and Rudin believed it was imperative that the "middle and high grades" also be "prevented from procreation." Compare Rudin's quote to this one from Sanger: "…there is sufficient evidence to lead us to believe that the so-called 'borderline cases' are a greater menace than the out-and-out 'defective delinquents' who can be supervised, controlled and prevented from procreating their kind." (Margaret Sanger, The Pivot of Civilization, Brentano's Press, NY, 1922, p. 91.)

The founders of Planned Parenthood printed Dr. Rudin's article in the same year that he worked with SS chief Heinrich Himmler to draw up Germany's 1933 sterilization law, which called for the sterilization of all Jews and "colored" German children. The Nazi sterilization law bears a shocking resemblance to Margaret Sanger's own "Plan for Peace." printed in the April 1932 issue of her Birth Control Review.


  Sanger's plan called for the formation of American concentration camps to "corral" that "enormous part of our population" with "hereditary taints": "To apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted…to apportion farm lands and homesteads for these segregated persons where they would be taught to work under competent instructors for the period of their entire lives…" (Margaret Sanger, "Plan for Peace," Birth Control Review, Vol. XVI, Number 4, April 1932, pp. 107-8.)

What percentage of the population would Sanger wish to segregate? After citing army statistics she noted: "…nearly half - 47.3 per cent - of the population had the mentality of twelve-year-old children or less - in other words that they are morons." (Margaret Sanger, The Pivot of Civilization, Brentano's Press, NY, 1922, p. 263.)

She went on to say "…only 13,500,000 [or 13.5% of the 100 million U.S. population of the time] will ever show superior intelligence." (Ibid. p. 264.) These must be her "thoroughbreds." The ones who are not "tainted." Remember that she considered "borderline cases" the most dangerous. Thus, for Sanger, 86.5% of the population would be "morons" or "borderline cases" and should be prevented from procreating! Not even Hitler went that far.

For the 47.3% who "are morons" she suggested: "The emergency problem of segregation and sterilization must be faced immediately. Every feeble-minded girl or woman of the hereditary type, especially of the moron class, should be segregated during the reproductive period…we prefer the policy of immediate sterilization, of making sure that parenthood is absolutely prohibited to the feeble-minded." So much for "reproductive rights!"

Of course she could not keep people segregated without the use of barbed wire and guard towers. In other words, Sanger was talking about concentration camps. We know what happened in Hitler's camps. If Sanger had been able to build her concentration camps, would the same thing have happened? This would depend on how charitable she was. Read on!


  Chapter 5 of Sanger's book is titled "The Cruelty of Charity." In it she wrote: "Organized charity itself is…the surest sign that our civilization has bred, is breeding and is perpetuating constantly increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents and dependents." (Margaret Sanger, The Pivot of Civilization, Brentano's Press, NY, 1922. p. 108.)

Sanger's words are almost identical to Hitler's: "This is in keeping with the humanitarianism which, to avoid hurting one individual, lets a hundred others perish. The demand that defective people be prevented from propagating equally defective offspring is a demand of the clearest reason and, if systematically executed, represents the most humane act of mankind." (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1, Ch. 10, 1925.)

Given the striking similarity in their monstrous rhetoric, it is reasonable to assume that Sanger would have grown weary of feeding these "delinquents." In this same chapter Sanger went on to mention "a special type of philanthropy or benevolence,…which strikes me as being more insidiously injurious than any other…to supply gratis medical and nursing facilities to slum mothers." (The Pivot of Civilization, p. 114.) Sanger considered help to poor mothers the very worst kind of charity.

What was the root of her hatred of the poor? Read on: "…we are paying for and even submitting to the dictates of an ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all,…" (Ibid. p. 187.)

In a democracy the majority rules and Sanger was afraid of the under-class outnumbering the elite. She was paranoid about "submitting to the dictates" of those "who never should have been born at all." This hatred for the poor, especially the most destitute, clearly placed her on the extreme fascist right.


  In Sanger's time, the Birth Control movement made no attempts to hide the eugenical philosophy that drove it. Only after World War II, when the public's eyes were opened to the horrors of the Nazi death camps, did it seek to distance itself from the term "eugenics." Today's Culture of Death would seem to be more "egalitarian" than in Sanger's day. The targeted peoples seem to be indiscriminate, without reference to race or class. Or are they?

In light of Planned Parenthood's philosophical history, the meaning of its current politics becomes clearer. Sanger and her eugenical colleagues opposed giving maternal care to poor women -- the one service Planned Parenthood does not offer today is maternal care. The only choice offered by Planned Parenthood is the choice to kill - not to plan for parenthood. Is it any coincidence that the founders of Planned Parenthood were racists and Nazi propagandists and that so many of its clinics today are in minority neighborhoods?

According to their own statistics, 42.7% of the abortions performed by Planned Parenthood are on minorities - that's three times more than on whites, as a percentage of their respective populations. Is it any coincidence that Planned Parenthood publicly supports China's brutal one-child policy, which coerces or forces millions of women into having abortions? So much for "reproductive freedom"!

Like Adolf Hitler, Planned Parenthood has subjected us to a scapegoat philosophy, which blames societal problems on its poorest members, while sanctioning the avarice of the richest. In its early days, Planned Parenthood inflamed the rich and educated elite against poor people with its philosophy of "racial health." Today, the same organization continues to inflame the wealthy nations with a philosophy of "population control." The effect of these two arguments is the same: poor women are coerced into abortion, birth control, and sterilization.

The eugenical philosophy pioneered by the likes of Margaret Sanger and Adolf Hitler is not just a bygone memory. In many poor nations today, such as Peru and Mexico, oppressive governments have imposed sterilization on millions of poor women. The United Nations talks a great deal about population control, and many population control agencies will give humanitarian aid only to those poor women who accept sterilization.


Is this the first time you have heard of this side of Planned Parenthood? What else is the mass media not telling us about the abortion industry? Let us look forward to the day when Planned Parenthood clinics are made into holocaust museums. We all must do our part to pray and protest for this end.

Please write or call your congressman and senator and tell them to stop giving your tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.

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