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Quote from Margaret Sanger,

"I accepted an invitation to talk to the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan...I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak...In the end, through simple illustrations, I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered". -- An Autobiography, published in 1938, pg 366.

"I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world, that have disease from their parents, they have no chance in the world to be a human being practically...Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they're born. That to me is the greatest sin -- that people can -- can commit". -- 1957 interview with journalist Mike Wallace

"As an advocate for birth control, I wish to take advantage of the present opportunity to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the 'unfit' and the 'fit', admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes." -- 1921, The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda

"No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit for parenthood."  -- America Needs a Code for Babies, Article 4, March 27, 1934

"Apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring." -- My Way to Peace, January 17, 1932

"...these two words [birth control] sum up our whole philosophy...It means the release and cultivation of better elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination, and eventual extinction, of defective stocks -- those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization." -- High Lights in the History of Birth Control, October 1923.


Margaret Sanger (more quotes by Margaret Sanger or books by/about Margaret Sanger)

(1879-1966) American birth control activist, sex educator, nurse, founded the American Birth Control League, which later became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America


1921, The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda


Abortion, Eugenics, Racism


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