Planned Parenthood is perhaps the most justifiably vilified contemporary social entity. And understandably so, especially to those of us who believe in â€œlife, liberty, and pursuit of happiness,â€ for this organization is perhaps the largest promoter of abortion in the United States. Yet before a â€œwomanâ€™s right to chooseâ€ became their mantra, their raison dâ€™Ãªtre was eugenics.
Eugenics is â€œthe study of, or belief in, the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics),â€ according to Dictionary.com. In other words, eugenics is a radical, fascist concept of socially engineered Darwinism, governmentally enforced. The concept gained much prominence in the early 20th century, not only because of the evangelism of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, but because of what was happening in Germany at the time.
Margaret Sangerâ€™s perspective on eugenics was to gradually rid the human population of â€œundesirables,â€ including minorities, the impoverished, and the â€œweak-minded,â€ thereby improving the remaining population. She spoke favorably of abortion as being an option to reduce undesirable populations, as evidenced by some of her radical statements, â€œThe most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it,â€ and by identifying those whose numbers should be reduced as â€œ…human weeds,â€™ â€˜reckless breeders,â€™ â€˜spawning… human beings who never should have been born. She forcefully argued for the sterilization of â€œgenetically inferior races.â€ An African-American pro-life group has declared, â€œThat many Americans of African origin constituted a segment which Sanger considered â€˜unfitâ€™ cannot be easily refuted.â€ Lending credence to their claim, Sanger in 1939 organized The “Black” Project which sought restrictive reproduction by those she thought were â€œleast intelligent and fit.â€
The German version of eugenics not only articulated the eradication of undesirable races, they actually attempted it. They identified strata of the German population for elimination, including homosexuals, criminals, degenerates, dissidents, feeble-minded, idle, insane, religious, and weak. Conservative figures indicate over 100,000 people were killed for purposes of â€œcleansing the race,â€ along with 6 million Jews, and over 400,000 forcefully sterilized to prevent propagation.
Not surprisingly, many of Margaret Sangerâ€™sâ€™ early devotees were Nazi sympathizers, speaking at her rallies and contributing to her monthly publication. Sanger published several books which address the issue of eugenics and population control, and also contributed regularly to the Socialist Party newsletter.
Three recent events prompted me to delve into this nefarious history. The first was when Hillary Clinton accepted Planned Parenthoodâ€™s Margaret Sanger award earlier this year. Said Clinton, â€œI admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her visionâ€¦taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I am really in awe of herâ€¦Yet we know that Margaret Sangerâ€™s work here in the United States and certainly across our globe is not done.â€ The natural follow-up question for her would be, â€œWhat parts of her vision would you like to see completed?â€
The second event was an interview the New York Times conducted with sitting Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, where she said, â€œFrankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we donâ€™t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.â€ You may want to read that quote again, especially the segment about â€œpopulation growth and particularly growth in populations that we donâ€™t want to have too many of.â€
The third event was when I realized who the Obama administrationâ€™s science tsar is. John Holdren, Obamaâ€™s Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, co-authored a book with Paul Ehrlich, Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment, which argued that for the sake of population control, some women should be forced to abort their pregnancies and that the general population could be sterilized by lacing our water supply or food supply with infertility drugs. He also advanced the idea that single mothers and teen mothers should be forced to give their children to other couples to raise and that people who â€œcontribute to social deteriorationâ€ can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility,â€ in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized. He recommended that a transnational â€œPlanetary Regimeâ€ should assume control of the global economy and dictate reproductive standards, enforced by an armed international police force.
As despicable as these concepts are to normal-thinking Americans, such radicalism seems to be prevalent in the administration, especially as ardently as the president supports abortion. All this lends credibility to the idea that those in power now are not â€œpro-choice,â€ but that they are indeed â€œpro-abortion.â€ It seems that eugenics is alive and well in the era of the Obama administration. And it raises the provocative question, should these people be in charge of American health care?
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