The Roman Catholic Church may have its saints, but the progressive left has something surely far better – true heroes. Whilst the saints look beyond this mortal coil and try to build ‘treasure in heaven’ for later, our progressive heroes roll up their shirt-sleeves and build heaven on earth today.
No-one epitomizes this philosophy more than Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. She is as worthy a person as anyone to begin this exciting series of articles about inspirational progressives.
Born in 1879, in a time when traditional ideas of ‘family’ and ‘monogamy’ still prevailed, Sanger’s ideas would eventually revolutionize the way we think about sex. In many ways, her revolutionary ideas set the scene for the 1960’s ‘sexual revolution’, Roe v Wade, and so much since. Sanger was the first to hear the joke ‘when two people, a man and a woman, get together, three is often the result’ and say ‘it ain’t necessarily so’.
According to the infallible Wikipedia, Sanger was an ‘American birth control activist, sex educator, writer, and nurse. She popularized the term “birth control”, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.‘ However, this short bio fails to do justice to all her many achievements.
Let us start not from the beginning but rather in the present age. Our true president in waiting, Hillary Clinton, is on record as saying she ‘admires enormously’ the “courage”, “tenacity” and “vision” of Sanger. This is high praise indeed as one would expect from one who was delighted to be awarded the Planned Parenthood’s Sanger award. As we know, Hillary Clinton is an excellent judge of character.
Like Sanger, much of Clinton’s life-focus has been about ensuring womyns’ reproductive rights, and that their ‘choices’ are respected, enabled, and paid for by all, including by those bigots who object. Like Sanger, Clinton recognizes that a child’s life only begins when a womyn says it does and that the child, whether born or not, is always and everywhere an intrinsic part of the womyn’s body.
Right-wing and Christian bigots have long argued that a unique (in terms of DNA) human being is created at the moment of conception. However, Sanger’s ‘tenacity’, ‘vision’ and ‘courage’ has enabled these spurious arguments to be disregarded and dismembered like a cluster of useless cells.
Having lost the reproductive-rights battle, the bigots have shifted the battlefield by using outright character-assassination against Sanger. They have the audacity to claim that Sanger was a eugenicist, a racist who referred to people of color as ‘human weeds’ who should be ‘exterminated’ and someone who even collaborated with the KKK to promote her ‘evil program’. As we say so often in such matters, extraordinary accusations require extraordinary proof.
In the first place, we are sure that these claims are without merit given how honoured Hillary was to receive the Sangar award. That should really close the debate forever, but, in the interests of examining these ridiculous and fallacious claims with an open mind, let’s begin.
The word ‘eugenics’ is forever associated with the Nazis’ desire to promote a ‘master-race’, a way of eliminating so-called ‘feeble minded, reckless breeders…spawning… human beings who never should have been born.” Although this last quote is correctly atributed to Sanger, she was not a Nazi, however, and so it is unfair to accuse her in this way. Her only desire was that every born human being would have access to the same advantages as she did. If this was an unlikely outcome for the potential human, it was better to ‘cut it in the bud’ than allow misery to prevail. What could be wrong with that?
As for the racism charge, we recall the quote that is attributed to Sanger: “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population“. Whilst it is possible she said this, the meaning of her quote is twisted. The only reason that she did not want this ‘word to go out’ was because that ‘word’ would be false. The truth is that she had great respect for people of color and actually viewed white men as the real enemy, even if there is no evidence to support this fact. This is precisely why Hillary’s endorsement matters. In researching this article, we can see that many Sanger quotes have been taken entirely out of context but please be assured we are working closely with the Ministry of Truth on this.
Speaking of white men, what are we to make of the meeting with the KKK?
Again, the answer is simple: whilst Sanger deeply despised racists like the Klan, she nonetheless sought to build bridges everywhere she went even if this brought criticism afterwards. This makes her an incredibly brave womyn who was prepared to sacrifice her reputation in the interests of the common good. Wow!
To close this article, we are delighted to see that Chelsea Clinton has written a new book called “Governing Global Health: who runs the world and why?” Whilst we are open-minded about the idea of re-incarnation, could it be true that Chelsea is the re-born Margaret Sangar? We can only hope.