Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and her controversial comeback story at center of abortion debate

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The recently leaked draft of a Supreme Court majority opinion suggesting that the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade is about to be overturned has returned Margaret Sanger, controversial abortion lawyer and founder of Planned Parenthood, to the forefront of the abortion debate.

Sanger, a birth control activist and nurse who founded what became Planned Parenthood in 1916, was mentioned by many conservatives on social media following the leak SCOTUS review last week.

Sanger’s controversial writings and resulting uproar over the years have led Planned Parenthood to disavow her in a New York Times op-ed last year.

NEW YORK CHAPTER OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACKNOWLEDGES FOUNDER MARGARET SANGER ON RACIST EUGENICS

Sanger was a strong supporter of eugenics, which was a popular method of supporting selective breeding that often targeted people of color and people with disabilities.

“It is said that the Australian aborigine, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step above the chimpanzee in brain development, has so little sexual control that only police authority prevents him from ‘get sexual gratification on the street,’ Sanger said. wrote in an essay titled “What Every Girl Should Know”.

Margaret Sanger was a birth control activist and nurse who founded what became Planned Parenthood in 1916.
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Sanger’s writings contain Support to “stop” the “reproduction of the unfit”, sterilization programs carried out by the Nazis. She was also a guest star of the Ku Klux Klan.

“Apparently any new approach to the great problem of the human race must manifest its vitality by running the gauntlet of prejudice, ridicule, and misinterpretation. Ignorance,” Sanger wrote in 1921. “Today eugenics is suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and thorough way to solve racial, political and social problems.The most uncompromising and daring teachers and scientists have lent their support to this great biological interpretation of the human race. The war has underlined its necessity.

Planned Parenthood said last year it could “no longer make excuses or apologize” for Sanger’s writings and actions, but “couldn’t just call him a racist, erase him from our history. and move on.”

A Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis on June 4, 2019.

A Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis on June 4, 2019.
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“We must examine how we have perpetuated its wrongdoings over the past century – as an organization, institution and as individuals,” said the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Fox News Digital reported this week, Planned Parenthood had been silent on how they had looked into Sanger’s past since reporting her.

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A report of anti-abortion Life Stakes Institute reported in 2017 that a series of new Planned Parenthood “mega-centers” were targeting women of color.

“Our research found that an alarming 88% (22 out of 25) target women of color. Disturbingly, 80% target Black communities, 56% target Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods, and 80% target one or more In total, 96% (24 out of 25) of mega-centers target women of color, female students or both,” he said.

Protesters gather outside the United States Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments in the Mississippi abortion case.

Protesters gather outside the United States Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments in the Mississippi abortion case.
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According to Planned Parenthood, approximately 39% of Planned Parenthood patients are people of color, with Latinos outnumbering people who identify as black. The organization did not specify how many of its more than 300,000 abortions each year are performed on black mothers.

Planned Parenthood did not immediately respond to a contact request from Fox News.

Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.

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