Margaret Sanger’s racist legacy lives on at Planned Parenthood

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Everyone in the pro-life community has known for decades that Margaret Sanger was a racist. She believed in eugenics. She believed that only the “fit” should be breeding and that family size should be limited. Sanger particularly targeted the black population through her “Negro Project,” calling African Americans “reckless breeders” and “human weeds.”

I remember hearing these allegations when I worked at Planned Parenthood, and I remember the organization vehemently denying them, pivoting back to its standard talking point about Sanger and how she was a “champion for women.” In fact, according to Planned Parenthood, we owed all our feminine freedoms to Margaret Sanger. She was a modern-day hero. Pictures of her were hung on our walls, awards were given in her name, buildings were named after her, textbooks talked about how she helped to shape women’s rights; I would venture to say that a few people probably named their children after her.

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