WOMAN of ACTION™ – Margaret Sanger *Tribute Celebration



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pays Tribute and Celebrates the Life of an Woman that devoted her life to the teaching of Women to Take Action for there own bodies, inspiring responsible pregnancy, and careful parenthood planning.

Celebrate the Life of the Founder of Planned Parenthood, our WOMAN of ACTION this day.







Margaret Sanger

Founder of Planned Parenthood


Margaret Louise Higgins was born in Corning, New York, on September 14, 1879, the sixth of eleven children. In 1896, she attended the Clawerack College and the Hudson River Institute. Then, four years later in 1900, she entered the White Plain Hospital nursing program. Two years later, she met William Sanger and they were married. They settled down in Hastings, New York, but moved back to the city, choosing New York City in 1910. There, she joined the Liberal Club and the Women’s Committee of the New York Socialist Party. She also began joining strikes, like 1912’s strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts and 1913’s Paterson, New Jersey strike.

Also in 1912, Margaret started a newspaper column daily about sex called “What Every Girl Should Know.” She began arguing for family limitation (not repeated pregnancies) and stood up against the 1873 Comstock law, arguing for birth control availability. In March 1914, she published The Woman Rebel, but it was banned. She was indicted for obscenity law violation, but she got out on bail in October, acquired the alias Bertha Watson, went to England, and released 100,000 copies of a pamphlet called Family Limitation, giving information on the use of and applying contraceptives.

In October 1915, Margaret returned to the United States to face the charges of her actions. However, all the charges were dropped when her daughter suddenly died. Soon after, she went on a tour nationwide to promote the use of birth control. In 1916, she opened the first birth control clinic in the United States in Brownsville in Brooklyn, New York. The clinic ended up being raided and she was arrested, but she didn’t give up. In 1921, she created the American Birth Control League and in 1923, established a new, doctor-run, legal birth control clinic called the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau.

In 1929, Margaret created the National Committee on Federal Legislature for Birth Control. One year later, she formed the Birth Control International Information Center. In 1936, physicians were exempt from the Comstock Law’s ban on birth control marital impartation by the United States Court of Appeals. In 1939, she combined the American Birth Control League and the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau, which became what is now called Planned Parenthood. Then, in 1952, she founded IPPF, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and was its president until 1959. Lastly, in 1965, the Supreme Court made birth control available for married couples.

On September 6, 1966, Margaret Sanger died in a Tucson nursing home.



On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
“…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.” Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people

On sterilization & racial purification:
Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial “purification,” couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.

On the right of married couples to bear children:
Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child, she wrote in her “Plan for Peace.” Birth Control Review, April 1932

On the purpose of birth control:
The purpose in promoting birth control was “to create a race of thoroughbreds,” she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

On the rights of the handicapped and mentally ill, and racial minorities:
“More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control.” Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12

On religious convictions regarding sex outside of marriage:
“This book aims to answer the needs expressed in thousands on thousands of letters to me in the solution of marriage problems… Knowledge of sex truths frankly and plainly presented cannot possibly injure healthy, normal, young minds. Concealment, suppression, futile attempts to veil the unveilable – these work injury, as they seldom succeed and only render those who indulge in them ridiculous. For myself, I have full confidence in the cleanliness, the open-mindedness, the promise of the younger generation.” Margaret Sanger, Happiness in Marriage (Bretano’s, New York, 1927)

On the extermination of blacks:
“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she said, “if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon

On respecting the rights of the mentally ill:
In her “Plan for Peace,” Sanger outlined her strategy for eradication of those she deemed “feebleminded.” Among the steps included in her evil scheme were immigration restrictions; compulsory sterilization; segregation to a lifetime of farm work; etc. Birth Control Review, April 1932, p. 107

On adultery:
A woman’s physical satisfaction was more important than any marriage vow, Sanger believed. Birth Control in America, p. 11

On marital sex:
“The marriage bed is the most degenerating influence in the social order,” Sanger said. (p. 23) [Quite the opposite of God’s view on the matter: “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” (Hebrews 13:4)

On abortion:
“Criminal’ abortions arise from a perverted sex relationship under the stress of economic necessity, and their greatest frequency is among married women.” The Woman Rebel – No Gods, No Masters, May 1914, Vol. 1, No. 3.

On the YMCA and YWCA:
“…brothels of the Spirit and morgues of Freedom!”), The Woman Rebel – No Gods, No Masters, May 1914, Vol. 1, No. 3.

On the Catholic Church’s view of contraception:
“…enforce SUBJUGATION by TURNING WOMAN INTO A MERE INCUBATOR.” The Woman Rebel – No Gods, No Masters, May 1914, Vol. 1, No. 3.

On motherhood:
“I cannot refrain from saying that women must come to recognize there is some function of womanhood other than being a child-bearing machine.” What Every Girl Should Know, by Margaret Sanger (Max Maisel, Publisher, 1915) [Jesus said: “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep… for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed (happy) are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the breasts which never gave suck.” (Luke 23:24)]

“The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)


FACTS on Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood on Adoption:
Of 6,000 clinic visit records examined from a Texas PP clinic, only 3 referred for adoption. (Aborting Planned Parenthood, by Robert H. Ruff, New Vision Press, 1988) 
 Planned Parenthood’s on Homosexuality & Marital Rights:
PP has encouraged homosexuality and advocated compulsory sterilization of all who have two children. (Family Planning Perspectives (a PP publication), June, Oct. 1970)

Planned Parenthood’s Goal:
Dr. Lena Levine in 1953, concerning Planned Parenthood’s purpose and planned course of action: “… to be ready as educators and parents to help young people obtain sex satisfaction before marriage. By sanctioning sex before marriage we will prevent fear and guilt. We must also relieve those who have these … feelings, and we must be ready to provide young boys and girls with the best contraceptive measures available so they will have the necessary means to achieve sexual satisfaction without having to risk possible pregnancy.” (Planned Parenthood News, Summer 1953) .” (“Psycho-Sexual Development,” quoted in Planned Parenthood News, Summer 1953, pg. 10)
Planned Parenthood on Pregnancy:
PP has an unhealthy concept of pregnancy, as it views the state of gestation as an abnormal condition or disease. Speaking for the organization, Dr. Warren Hern refers to human pregnancy as “an episodic, moderately extended chronic condition … May be defined as an illness … Treated by evacuation of the uterine contents…”(“Is Pregnancy Really Normal?” Family Planning Perspective, Planned Parenthood, vol. 3, No. 1, Jan. 1971, pg. 9) .


PLANNED PARENTHOOD, today: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/




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is pleased to Celebrate this Life, a woman truly ahead of her times.
May her soul rest in peace, inspiring common sense.


Brava Margaret!

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