Margaret Sanger

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Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood (PP) and a member of the American Eugenics Society. Sanger's beliefs (especially those related to eugenics), and her reasons for founding PP, are often considered controversial.

Quotes by

  • "Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying... demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism." -- possibly page 113 of The Pivot of Civilization, but Google Books won't let me access that page.
  • "it is a vicious cycle; ignorance breeds poverty and poverty breeds ignorance. There is only one cure for both, and that is to stop breeding these things. Stop bringing to birth, children whose inheritance cannot be one of health or intelligence. Stop bringing into the world children whose parents cannot provide for them." -- source?


This source, among many others, claims that Sanger was overtly racist; needs further checking -- but seems likely to be a distortion; see abortion/black genocide for further discussion