Greater NY Planned Parenthood Removes Margaret Sanger’s Name Over Racist, Eugenics Legacy

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Planned Parenthood Also Working with City to Remove Her Name From Street Sign

The Planned Parenthood Clinic of Greater New York in Manhattan is starting to acknowledge Margaret Sanger’s legacy of being racist and being part of the eugenics program.

On Tuesday July 21st 2020, the clinic announced that they would be removing Sanger’s name from the clinic and that they will be working with the city and mayor to have her name removed from a street sign just outside the clinic as well. The street was originally named after Margaret Sanger in an “honorary” move.

The clinic did not name what made Margaret Sanger’s legacy racist or what eugenics connections she had, however, there are plenty of quotes and actions which show this to be true.

Many writings exist from Margaret Sanger like the letter she wrote in 1919 titled, “Birth Control and Racial Betterment” which stated how things like eugenics and selective breeding could “assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit.”

Add to this an essay about eugenics solving “racial” problems that Sanger wrote in 1921 titled, “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda.”

“Today eugenics is suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and thorough avenue in the solution of racial, political and social problems.”

– Margaret Sanger, “The Eugenic Value of Birth”

These writings from Sanger not only show her racist and eugenics past, but also show that Planned Parenthood itself was founded for these reasons. Is it enough to simply remove her name? Isn’t the idea of Planned Parenthood completely wrong based on these writings? Is this why they dare not mention what exactly makes Margaret Sanger racist?

Here’s another piece taken from a letter from Sanger to help answer those questions.

“We do not want 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 Sanger, Letter to Dr. CJ Gamble

Do you think removing Margaret Sanger’s name is good enough? Isn’t the foundation of Planned Parenthood based in Sanger’s beliefs? Even without any connection to Sanger, is it right to take the life of the unborn?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments or community.

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