Margaret Sanger calls “feebleminded” people human weeds

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, supported eugenics and believed poor people and minorities shouldn’t reproduce. In her book Pivot of Civilization she wrote:

“Such parents swell the pathetic ranks of the unemployed. Feeblemindedness perpetuates itself from the ranks of those who are blandly indifferent to their racial responsibilities. And it is largely this type of humanity we are now drawing upon to populate our world for the generations to come. In this orgy of multiplying and replenishing the earth, this type is pari passu multiplying and perpetuating those direst evils in which we must, if civilization is to survive, extirpate by the very roots.

They are…human weeds, reckless breeders, spawning…human beings who never should have been born. Organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease…

Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks [of people] that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant.

Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying…demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism… [Philanthropists] encourage the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others, which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste.

Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant… We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.”

Margaret Sanger The Pivot of Civilization (Oxford/New York: Pergamon Press, 1922)

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Author: TA Smith

Sarah Terzo is a pro-life writer and blogger. She is on the board of The Consistent Life Network and PLAGAL +

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