Monday, May 24, 2010

Margaret Sanger, in her own words

"[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." - The Pivot of Civilization, 1922, excerpted from chapter "The Cruelty of Charity,". Swarthmore College Library edition.

"Give dysgenic groups [people with 'bad genes'] in our population their choice of segregation or [compulsory] sterilization." - April 1932 Birth Control Review.

Whether we like it or not, eugenics was an American invention, not something that happens only "over there". And compulsory sterilisations were practiced here (and defended by the Supreme Court!) until the 1970s.
What frightens and sickens me is how many well-educated and powerful people still hold similar views! Like America's sweetheart, Katie Couric, who recently commented about how more minorities should be on the Pill?!?