House Approves National Women’s History Museum That Would Honor Margaret Sanger

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 9, 2014   |   11:06AM   |   Washington, DC

Yesterday the House of Representatives voted for a commission to study creating the National Women’s History Museum that is being organized mostly by abortion advocates who want to honor Margaret Sanger and other pro-abortion figures. A leading pro-life women’s group is opposed to it.

The House voted 383-33 to create a bipartisan commission to study the feasibility of a museum on or near the National Mall and recommend whether it should be part of the Smithsonian. A similar measure is pending in the Senate.

From an AP report:

nwhmRepublican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York, who have championed the effort, said the contributions of women have been mostly left out of museums, statues and national landmarks. Not enough is taught about women’s history, they said, including details about how women gained the right to vote less than 100 years ago.

“It is a story that everyone should know, how the process of the suffragists and their work that carried them from Seneca Falls, New York, to Nashville where you finally saw the ratification of the 19th Amendment,” Blackburn said. “These suffragists, they were conservative women who led this fight for women’s equality.”

A women’s museum foundation in Alexandria, Virginia, has raised about $14 million and estimates it would cost about $400 million to build. An advisory board for the museum includes women ranging from Jenna Bush to Gloria Steinem.

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota spoke against the museum bill. She said the museum concept “will enshrine the radical feminist movement” and that there are no assurances it won’t become “an ideological shrine to abortion.”

The pro-life group Concerned Women for America is warning its members about an effort to promote abortion and pro-abortion activists that could be funded with taxpayer dollars. The women’s group tells LifeNews that the proposed National Women’s History Museum “will glorify abortion and fuel the radical feminist movement for decades to come.”

“How do I know this? As I told Fox News, Concerned Women for America has found that the National Women’s History Museum board is overwhelmingly filled with people who are pro-abortion and leftist in their ideology,” says CWFA president Penny Nance.Nance says the proposed museum’s website references Margaret Sanger nine times while shutting out pro-lifers — referencing Phyllis Schlafly only once and not mentioning Beverly LaHaye at all. It also highlights abortion activist Sandra Fluke, while ignoring Jeane Kirkpatrick.



What’s worse, Nance says she won’t be surprised if millions of taxpayer funds are eventually funneled to the project.

“If you think this doesn’t affect you, think again. Taxpayers, like you, will eventually foot the bill for this national shrine to abortion,” she explains. “While the National Women’s History Museum claims that it will be privately funded, its true intentions are to follow in the footsteps of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of the American Indian. These museums respectively received over $50 million and $30 million from American taxpayers.”