Do you remember when Hillary Clinton received Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger award with pride, even calling Margaret Sanger someone she “admired enormously?” The reasoning she gave then was the the same so many gave afterward; just because Margaret Sanger believed in and was an avid supporter of eugenics did not mean that the organization she began then shared her same beliefs today.
Could the beliefs of the founder of Planned Parenthood be excused as exaggerated, baseless, or simply a common idea of her time? Are the beliefs of Margaret Sanger entirely irrelevant to the product and industry of Planned Parenthood’s modern-day incarnation? Absolutely not, in fact, Hillary Clinton’s own examples can help us better understand the truth of the matter.
In April 2009 Representative Jeff Fortenberry pleaded with the Secretary of State to change her policy on exporting abortion, quoting Margaret Sanger as having said, “Today eugenics is suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political, and social problems.” (Click here to watch the entirety of their conversation.)
Mrs. Clinton responds “Well congressman, let me say with respect to your comments about Margaret Sanger, you know, I admire Thomas Jefferson. I admire his words and his leadership; and I deplore his unrepentant slave holding. I admire Margaret Sanger being a pioneer in trying to empower women to have some control over their bodies and I deplore statements that you have referenced. That is the way we often are when we look at flawed human beings; there are things we admire and things we deplore.”
There is some truth in her concluding statement. Even some biblical heroes we laud, yet in the same breath pray for grace to never make their same mistakes. King David for instance was “a man after God’s own heart,” and committed adultery, but to deduce that God is an adulterer because of David’s mistake is flawed logic. David was not a man after God’s own heart because he was an adulterer, he was a man after God’s own heart in spite of it.
Likewise, Thomas Jefferson was a great writer, orator and leader, but he was also a slaveholder. Some of his own beliefs conflicted with his actions and there are whole portions of museums dedicated to this “paradox of freedom.” Even so, the things that we admire about Thomas Jefferson, the things he created which remain to this day were not caused by his status as a slaveholder, they simply endured in spite of it.
Conversely, Planned Parenthood, formerly the American Birth Control Federation was created, in part for the purpose that the “dead weight of human waste” should be “eliminate[d].” In the mind of Margaret Sanger and her eugenicist contemporaries the “dead weight of human waste” were the elderly, the infirm, and anyone with disabilities or “undesirable traits,” including dark colored skin. Their strategy was to remove them altogether before they were strong enough to resist, and since they judged that most of the “undesirable stock” came from minorities and low-income households they started there first. The American Birth Control Federation was also created to advocate for the right to the completely unhindered sexuality after which Sanger herself lusted.
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The bible says that you can judge a tree by it’s fruits. A good tree will bear good fruit and a bad tree will bear bad fruit (Matthew 7:15-20). A fig tree should by all means bear figs and not apples; the principle is the same as anything else. From the seed of Thomas Jefferson came the Declaration of Independence, inventions and innumerable written works of wisdom. From the seed of Margaret Sanger came abortion centers in the heart of minority and low-income neighborhoods, birth control distributed to minors without parental consent, cover ups for statutory rape, funding for pro-death legislation, widespread distribution of birth control and condoms to teenagers, rampant sexual immorality, commercials celebrating irresponsibility and bastardization, an “easy out” of any consequence of sexual flippancy and the list goes on.
The fruit we reap today from Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood comes from a seed of hatred, sin and death– you cannot separate the fruit of this tree from it’s seed. Call it “progress,” “freedom,” or “pioneering” all you want, eugenics by any other name is still murder.
LifeNews: Stacie is a missionary with the Justice House of Prayer in Washington, DC.