Is it true that Planned Parenthood’s founder promoted racist views?
Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a strong advocate of eugenics—the policy of preventing certain races, classes or groups from procreating in order to “improve” the genetic stock of a society.
Sanger wrote about the need to control the population of blacks and other minorities through contraception and sterilization. In her 1932 “Plan for Peace,” Sanger stated that the U.S. should “keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race.”
Sanger has also been criticized for speaking on birth control to the Women’s Auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey in 1926.
Sanger, Margaret. “Plan for Peace.” Birth Control Review 16, no. 4 (April 1932): 107-108.
Sanger, Margaret. Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography. 1938. Reprint, Whitefish: Kessinger, 2004.