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Monday, January 20, 2003

The Anti-Abortion Views of Margaret Sanger.

No, there's not a gas leak here.

In an excellent book review essay, David Tell unearths this bombshell about Planned Parenthood founder and birth control apostle Margaret Sanger:

On the evidence in "The Woman Rebel," the real reason Sanger declined to advocate abortion, notwithstanding the law's flexibility and what she took to be the procedure's safety, is that abortion appalled her.

She turned women seeking abortions away from her clinics: "I do not approve of abortion." She called it "sordid," "abhorrent," "terrible," "barbaric," a "horror." She called abortionists "blood-sucking men with MD after their names who perform operations for the price of so-and-so." She called the results of abortion "an outrageous slaughter," "infanticide," "foeticide," and "the killing of babies." And Margaret Sanger, who knew a thing or two about contraception, said that birth control "has nothing to do with abortion, it has nothing to do with interfering with or disturbing life after conception has taken place." Birth control stands alone: "It is the first, last, and final step we all are to take to have real human emancipation."

However, the evidence also indicates that one could hardly call Sanger "pro-life." She had a low regard for "inferior" breeds of humanity that would not have been out of place at a Klan rally. Nevertheless, it explains PP's brief song-and-dance about Sanger's abortion attitudes.

Tell also posts this disturbing quote from a young woman who had an abortion:

And there is "Crissy," a high school student whose story leads the book, so pitiably confused about her experience that she is willing to consider the possibility that her own life, too, should have been interrupted in utero:

"If I ever have [a child] I want it to have the best that I could possibly give it, with a father and mother who love it. I was an unexpected child that perhaps shouldn't have been born. But since I'm here, I'm going to strive to make things better. [Planned Parenthood has] given me a chance to live and make my life the way it should be. Thank you."

"To me, this letter says it all," Feldt offers. But she does not elaborate.

Indeed, it does "say it all": 30 years of unfettered "choice" has taught children that life is so valueless that they wonder whether or not their parents should have had them in the first place. God help us.

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