Who was Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood?

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In the Bible, God’s curse on woman began at the fall of humanity into sin, “Then God said to the woman, “I’ll make you have more children and you’ll have more pain when you give birth. In sorrow, you’ll have children, but you’ll want your husband anyway. In this way, he’ll have control over you.” In our efforts to escape this curse, women have decidedly taken control of our reproductive abilities to an extreme.  We have not only tried to limit the number of children we have, but have begun to exterminate our future generations in the process. Abortions are at an all time high, especially in certain races.  Why is this so? Why is it that certain races of God’s people have higher rates of abortion?  Is it because the sheep are without a shepherd or because the shepherd’s have led them astray?  Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), was the American leader of the worldwide birth-control movement. She founded the American Birth Control League and served from 1921 to 1928 as its first president. In 1927 she organized the first World Population Conference. Margaret Sanger was honorary chairperson of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., which was formed from the American Birth Control League in 1942. Margaret Sanger’s “religion of birth control” would call on “ministers…with engaging personalities” to implement much of her plan.

In 1939, Margaret Sanger and Clarence Gamble made a proposal called “Birth Control and the Negro,” which claimed that “the poorer areas, particularly in the South … are producing alarmingly more than their share of future generations.”  Margaret’s “religion of birth control” would, she wrote, “ease the financial load of caring for with public funds … children destined to become a burden to themselves, to their family, and ultimately to the nation.” She was clearly targeting the Black African Americans of the South for her genocide plan. In a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, dated December 10, 1939 Margaret Sanger wrote further about how to implement her genocidal plan more fully. She wrote, “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Margaret’s proposed use of “ministers” to implement her plan of black genocide is appalling clever, and has worked well for her organization over the years since its inception. There is now a disproportionately higher rate of pregnancy resulting in abortions in the African American community as compared to the population at large in the United Sates.

During her career Margaret Sanger traveled throughout Europe and Asia to publicize the birth-control movement. Margaret Sanger, who willingly gave a speech to the Women of the Ku Klux Klan, said of immigrants to this nation as “an unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.”  She wrote several books on birth control. In 1921, Sanger wrote of her support of eugenics programs against those people she determined to be“inferior classes,” including the “feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken,” immigrants and African-Americans.  In Margaret Sanger’s 1922 book “Pivot of Civilization” she unashamedly called for the eradication of what she considered, “weeds … overrunning the human garden;” for the segregation from mainstream society of “morons, misfits, and the maladjusted;” and for the sterilization of “genetically inferior races.”  Later, in her “Code to Stop Overproduction of Children,” published in 1934, she dictated that “no woman shall have a legal right to bear a child without a permit … no permit shall be valid for more than one child.” She then defined “birth control,” a term which she coined, as “the process of weeding out the unfit,” which was meant to lead to “the creation of a superman.” She also stated that “the most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it,” and that “all our problems are the result of overbreeding among the working class.” Margaret’s idea of mercy killing is exactly what we have in the abortion industry today.  As far as the ‘working class” having too many children, she herself had five children, but I guess she thought that was ok, since she had enough money.  According to her, apparently only the rich should be allowed to decide how many children they had.

Later, in World War II,  when the German Nazis began putting her theories about “human weeds” and “genetically inferior races” into general practice, Sanger cleaned up her organization’s name and idiology to soften the public’s view of it. The harsher term, “Birth-control,” became the more palatable, “family planning.” The “unfit” and the “dysgenic” were now classified as “the poor.” The American Birth Control League was renamed Planned Parenthood Federation of America to give it a more acceptable appearance. In Tischgesprache im Fuhrerhauptquartier, 1941-42, Adolf Hitler, following Margaret Sanger’s train of thought, wrote, “In view of the large families of the Slav native population, it could only suit us if girls and women there [Poland and Russia] had as many abortions as possible. Active trade in contraceptives ought to actually be encouraged in the Eastern territories, as we could not possibly have the slightest interest in increasing the non-German population.  …  We must use every means to instill in the population the idea that it is harmful to have several children, the expenses that they cause and the dangerous effect on woman’s health.  …  It will be necessary to open special institutions for abortions [“clinics”] and doctors must be able to help out there in case there is any question of this being a breach of their professional ethics.” Planned Parenthood soon took Hitler’s advice as their own plan of action.  After Margaret’s death in 1966, Planned Parenthood went on to become one of the world’s largest abortion providers, focusing mainly on “the poor” whom she had once called “human waste.”

The vision of Margaret Sanger

American Christians have consistently limited their own offspring with the abundance of easily accessible birth control and abortions, many of which Planned Parenthood provides.  Other countries, like China, where the expression of faith is limited, force sterilization and abortion on women against their will. This is especially true for those women whose offspring are viewed by some as undesirable, whether the reason is for the child’s sex, race, physical or mental impairment, or  simply for their number of siblings. Planned Parenthood is often behind the scenes in these cases. But the Holy Word of God teaches us that children are a heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is God’s reward. Many times, Christian families will allow God control of every area of their lives, except where the size of their family is concerned.  Christian families should prayerfully consider the limitations they place on the size of their families, while deciding whether limiting the number of children is due to selfish motives or godly purposes.  Some Christian Missionary couples have limited the size of their families, because they felt they could better serve the Lord without the additional burden of their own children.  When a woman’s health is at risk, she may choose to discontinue the growth of her family so that she might be healthy enough to nurture those children she has already brought into the world. Sterilization is usually the preferred choice in this circumstance. Both of these situations would be considered godly purposes by most of the Christian Community.

But Christians need not ever discontinue the growth of their family for reasons like being in a better financial position, as long as they are able to provide the most basic needs for their family.  It should be said, though, that no matter how much we plan, unforeseen circumstances do come; and even if we think we can afford a child, situations may arise that put a family in financial distress.  On the opposite end of the spectrum, even wealthy families sometimes believe they cannot afford a child, but when they revisit their priorities, they often find the financial means for the addition to the family.  Some husbands have coerced, or even forced their wives into unwanted abortions, because they didn’t want the “extra burden” of another child. But bigger houses, better cars, the boat in the driveway, or the bigger savings account, are not legitimate needs. Food, clothing, and shelter are basic needs. Deciding on the true needs of a family and what ultimately are pleasurable pursuits can be helpful in deciding on the number of children a family can feasibly maintain. Some people of the secular persuasion, like Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood, and even some Christians have suggested that families should not have children they cannot afford, but that idea would inevitably rule out all people with low incomes. Who will decide how poor is “too poor” to have a child? Are “the poor” not as entitled to have families as higher income families if they so choose?  Depending on what your priorities are, you might not ever have a child if you wait till you believe you can afford one.  Christian families may wait for a time that is more suitable, though they should never be coerced or forced into not having children simply because they are poor.  Many large families, both in the past and in the present day, have been rich in love, if they are not in wealth.  Dependence on God for your family’s basic needs grows a strong faith and makes one appreciate every blessing, even that of children.

In Christian families, on matters of importance such as the size of one’s family and birth control measures, prayer and conviction of conscience should be the ultimate deciding factors.  We should never let the secular materialistic society that we live in guide our decision of whether or not to bring another child into the world.  Only God knows how many Billy Grahams or Mother Theresas would be here today had it not been for extreme birth control measures.  The Word of God and the Holy Spirit is the Christian family’s ultimate authority and we should never take for granted what the world seems to be telling us is the truth. Planned Parenthood’s ideas concerning birth-control are not the truth, but have subtly infiltrated the Christian community with the rest of the world with their use of “ministers with engaging personalities.” God is the author of truth and the Word says that God knew us before we were formed in the womb and that God sanctifies and ordains us to be the instruments of God. (Jeremiah 1:5).Any minister that tells us that life is not sacred, is not telling us the truth.The truth is that any form of birth control that destroys a child in the womb, whether that child is one-celled or many-celled, is an abortifacient. Christians, who ignore this fact, will have the blood of innocent children on their hands and will face God’s judgment along with the consequences that our choices bring.  That is not to say, that when a Christian participates in these practices in ignorance, that they cannot be forgiven and reconciled in their relationship with God.  God will and does forgive those who repent.  Every Christian who is faced with these kinds of decisions must ultimately follow their own conscience where birth control and abortion is concerned.  The Holy Spirit in God’s own time will convict God’s people that life is always the best choice.

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and fourteen grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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