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November 3, 2011


bald-faced lies about Margaret Sanger for political gain

by Andrea O'Connell

I don’t have very much time to write tonight because I stayed too late at work finishing a project.

Margaret Sanger, founder of the Planned Parenthood Federation. Photograph: Corbis

Regardless, I want to express my total dismay at the attempt by some horrible people to alter history for the benefit of their political cause.

How dare people deliberately re-write the legacy of Margaret Sanger  (1879 – 1966), on the Internet.   How dare Herbert Cain make up lies and spew them on national television?  We are just learning of his misogyny now – wasn’t his timing poetic justice!

You know, it’s true that we must not believe all we read on the Internet.  It’s important to take it all with not a grain of salt, but with a rock of salt!   Otherwise that rock-salt will hit us from behind – hard.

I did a Google search yesterday using key word:  Margaret Sanger and found vicious lies and horror stories that were absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, 100 percent false.

I was appalled.    However, what is worse are the people who actually believe what they’re reading!

And then we learn that the alleged sexual harassment presidential candidate Herman Cain had the gall to either out right lie about Sanger being a racist, or else he’s totally ignorant of history.

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain issued a blistering, and factually incorrect, attack on Planned Parenthood on Sunday’s Face the Nation. During the interview, Cain confirmed remarks he made six months ago at the Heritage Foundation, where he said: “When Margaret Sanger – check my history – started Planned Parenthood, the objective was to put these centers in primarily black communities so they could help kill black babies before they came into the world. It’s planned genocide.”

Cain’s accusation is not only dangerous, it’s inaccurate. According to the Guttmacher Institute, white women account for 36% of abortions compared to 30% of black women and 25% of Latinas. Sixty-three per cent of abortion clinics are in neighborhoods where more than half the residents are white. Beyond that, Planned Parenthoods do much more than provide safe abortion services: contraception, prenatal care, HIV testing and breast and cervical cancer screenings, to name a few.

by:  Alexander Sanger, grandson of Margaret Sanger, writing for the Guardian.

People must remember Margaret Sanger from high school or college studies?   She did so much for women’s rights!

She dedicated her life to legalizing birth control for women all over the United States.  This act alone saved women from certain death and from the horror of having multiple children.

She saved scores of women from death that nearly resulted from botched abortions.  An underground of abortionists thrived – not by doctors, by people who pretended they could do a quick five dollar abortion.

These “back alley $5 abortions” were the only thing available to poor women or to immigrant women who were the poorest of the poor. Margaret Sanger, trained as a nurse, cared for the women who were near death as a result of having their uterus sliced like a melon.

Desperate women resorted to using wire hangers to force a miscarriage.  She was relentless in her efforts to save women from the future abuse and torture of a child they could die having, or could not afford to have.

She’s was a remarkable women.  A crusader who holds an esteemed place in history for establishing fertility rights for women.

She believed that a woman should be in full charge of her own body, and have sexual freedom and fulfillment without the haunting fear of pregnancy.

What women would not want to own her own body?  Would you appreciate busy-bodies you don’t even know tell you what to do with your body?  Of course not!

God help all women if Rowe v. Wade is overturned.  If  the clock goes back and outlaws abortion, woman will experience desperate times.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 4 2011

    In the neighborhood where I grew up in the 50’s there were two women that died because of keep quiet, botched procedures.

    I too looked up a lot of info related to this out of curiosity. I agree that it is not right but have come to accept (not by choice) the political process of elections. The first time eligible to vote was 1971. The problems related to trash talk and skeletons in closets really came to a head for me this last presidential election. To my recollection this was the first time that campaigning and complaining adds on TV started the day after Obama was elected and increased even before he officially took office. Since that time with the state of our economy the “other” party has found plenty of money to continue TV advertisement under their name or someone big affiliated to the party. These are the so called patriots that are going to fix this country? I wonder how many children in our country that could have had a better diet, education or health care with the kind of money thrown away on ideals. A saying comes to mind.

    Lucy…..You got some splainin to do!

    I got a little off topic but it’s related. In my little mind anyway….

    • Nov 4 2011

      Hey Damagd….. Yes, there were many thousands of deaths from the backroom $5.00 abortions. I was astounded at the horrible lies on the internet about Margaret Sanger. For anyone to suggest she was a racist is disgraceful. It is important to check facts!

      Sanger cared about women because they were dying far too young as a result of having so many children – their bodies couldn’t hold up after such trauma. The reason she became such an activist was for that exact reason – her mother died too young as a result of an illness that sprang from her giving birth to eleven children.

      Margaret Sanger, at her mother’s deathbed, vowed to commit the rest of her life to saving women like her mother, from certain painful death. Sanger blamed her father for allowing his wife to destroy her body with childbirths (including miscarriages).

      Margaret Sanger was a humanist and struggled for women to be treated as equal to men. She fought and fought and fought for women’s rights. Sadly, we still have a very long way to go, especially in the workplace. I work with men who hate women who think for themselves. Although I am quiet and soft spoken, i refuse to let the misogynist, hypocritical men in my workplace, tell me what to think!!

      I agree that the tv political ads are disgusting – the fact that we allow the millions and billions of dollars go into presidential campaigns is sickening. Just sickening.

      And, it’s very true that all the money spent for the sake of power could be much better served in the hands of the hungry folks in this country.

  2. Faith
    Nov 8 2011

    I personally think it is necessary to do some research before you believe anything,short of the dictionary,on the internet. I’m especially sick unto death of some of these idiots claimig to be christian. No one who has studied the Book believes women are not equal to men in the eyes of God. Men are told to love their wives as their own bodies. I’m sick of millions being paid to sports stars that have no respecct for law or order. Where are the millions coming from that are paid out every week to view a new movie? Why are the president or first lady vactioning all over the world with a full staff? Why are we,as a country,still sticking our noses in other countries problems? Don’t we have enough of our own problems? Why aren’t we using unemployed people to reburbish closed bases as housing for the homeless? Why are we wasting food from retaurants and supermarkets instead of feeding those that are hungry?
    I’m getting hot under the collar so I’ll stop this. Get of my soap box and go get some more coffee.


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