Smithsonian Refuses to Remove Statue of Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger

National   |   Steven Ertelt, Sarah Zagorski   |   Aug 13, 2015   |   4:39PM   |   Washington, DC

In Washington D.C., a sculpture of Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger is displayed at the Smithsonian and a group of African American pastors from nine states are calling for it to be removed. However, reports today indicate the Smithsonian refuses to remove the statue.

The museum has the Sanger bust in their “Struggle for Justice” exhibit, which is supposed to honor those of the past who were “champions of justice.” The pastors wrote the Smithsonian a letter explaining that Sanger was far from a champion for their race because of her strong ties to the eugenics movement.

A sign beneath the bust says that Sanger was “profoundly affected by the physical and mental toll exacted on women by frequent childbirth, miscarriage and self-induced abortion.”

It also mentions the controversial nature of her work. It reads, “During her campaign, Sanger became associated with the eugenics movement – which promoted, among other practices, the forced sterilization of those deemed mentally unfit and for a time was endorsed by many of the era’s prominent thinkers.”

Now, CNS News reports the Smithsonain is denying the request to remove the statue:

On Tuesday, the art museum issued a statement saying that the bust is in keeping with the museum’s goal to “see the past clearly and objectively” and that while some of Sanger’s beliefs “are now controversial,” her inclusion in the museum’s collection represents the “full spectrum of the American experience.”

“Margaret Sanger is included in the museum’s collection, not in tribute to all her beliefs, many of which are now controversial, but because of her leading role in early efforts to distribute information about birth control and medical information to disadvantaged women, as well as her later roles associated with developing modern methods of contraception and in founding Planned Parenthood of America,” it stated.

“Nonetheless, Sanger’s alliance with aspects of the eugenics movement raises questions about her motivations and intentions. The museum’s intent is not to honor her in an unqualified way, but rather to stimulate our audiences to reflect on the experience of Americans who struggled to improve the civil and social conditions of 20th-century America,” it added.

The statue is upsetting in part because the Smithsonian, according to CNS News, is funded with taxpayer dollars:

According to the Smithsonian Institution’s website, taxpayer funding for fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014–Sept. 30, 2015) is $819.5 million. The Institution is about 60 percent federally funded (a combination of the congressional appropriation and federal grants and contracts).

As LifeNews previously reported, Margaret Sanger wrote a few books that revealed how she viewed minorities and the poor. In her book, “Pivot of Civilization, she describes African-Americans and immigrants as “human weeds,” “reckless breeders,” and “spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”

Then, in “Woman and the New Race, Sanger argues that people shouldn’t have large families because they tend to involve poverty and illness. In fact, she said it is better for everyone involved if a child’s life is snuffed out before he or she has a chance to cause problems for their family. She said, “[We should] 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.”

Although some are unaware of the skeletons in Sanger’s closet, the mainstream media often ignores facts about her beliefs because it doesn’t fit in with their agenda. However, the pastors gave the Smithsonian the benefit of the doubt and educated them on her discriminatory comments in the letter. They wrote, “Perhaps the Gallery is unaware that Ms. Sanger supported black eugenics, a racist attitude toward black and other minority babies, an elitist attitude toward those she regarded as ‘the feeble minded;’ speaking at a rally of Ku Klux Klan women; and communications with Hitler sympathizers.”

They added, “Also the notorious ‘Negro Project,’ which sought to limit, if not eliminate black births, was her brainchild. Despite these well- documented facts of history, her bust sits proudly in your gallery as a hero of justice. The obvious incongruity is staggering!”

Today, Planned Parenthood continues Sanger’s work by placing 79% of their abortion facilities near minority neighborhood. Tragically, since 1973, approximately 13 million black babies have been killed in abortions.


The pastors conclude by explaining that the five videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s fetal organ trafficking scheme shows that the organization is keeping Sanger’s vision alive. They said, “The fact is that the behavior of these abortionists, their callous and cavalier attitude toward these babies, is completely in keeping with Sanger’s perverse vision for America.”

In the first expose’ video, actors posing as buyers from a human biologics company ask Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, if altering procedures really produce better results for Planned Parenthood. They ask, “How much of a difference can that actually make, if you know kind of what’s expected, or what we need?”

She replies, “It makes a huge difference. I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part.”

Nucatola adds, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

Additional sequel videos expose more shocking tactics of Planned Parenthood executives, with one director haggling over the price of body parts and joking about buying a Lamborghini.

The pastors who wrote and signed the letter to the Smithsonian are from Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. The niece of Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Alveda King, signed the letter as well. In 2014, Dr. King said the following about Planned Parenthood: “Right now in America almost half of our babies are being killed in the womb, and in certain parts of America more of our babies are being aborted than being born. While we were marching in the sixties, a place was being prepared for us at Planned Parenthood. We were trying to get off the back of the bus, and they were going to have a space for us in the front of the abortion mill.”

ACTION: Contact the Smithsonian here.