Nancy Pelosi, a US politician who is well-known for her public love for abortion, accepted an award from Planned Parenthood last night which is named after its founder, Margaret Sanger. This is the highest “honor” that Planned Parenthood awards to anyone. Margaret Sanger’s eugenic beliefs are well-documented, and generally – aside from this annual awards night – keeps Sanger’s memory under lock and key, and for good reason.
Margaret Sanger was an unsavory character in more ways than one, but perhaps most telling are her eugenic beliefs regarding minorities and the impoverished. Sanger audaciously broadcast her support for the elimination of populations she viewed as unfit. Some of her most shocking quotes can be found here. Nancy Pelosi even famously claimed that abortion is “sacred ground” (see below).
Her claims to ascribe to Catholic teaching are thus delusional, and she has a brazen disregard for the Church’s moral compass on all issues relating to the dignity of human life. Pelosi was lauded by Planned Parenthood, not for safeguarding the sacredness of human life, but for diametrically shifting the debate to suggest that there is something “sacred” about the choice to end that life.
Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation, said this about Nancy Pelosi being chosen as the Margaret Sanger Award recipient:
No one is more deserving of this honor than Leader Pelosi, who has fought tirelessly throughout her career to protect and expand women’s access to health care. As the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House, Leader Pelosi recognized that women’s health is a mainstream issue impacting women and families. Her leadership in passing the Affordable Care Act and her ongoing commitment ensures that the promise of the law is realized for millions of women as the greatest advancement for women’s health in a generation.
To translate those serpentine semantics, Cecile is explaining that Nancy Pelosi’s pro-abortion stance and belief that abortion is “sacred ground” has helped to ensure that, on a federal level, pre-born Americans remain bereft of the right to life and can potentially be killed right up until the day they are due to be born. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, accurately sums up the gravity of Pelosi’s stance:
…in accepting the Sanger award, Pelosi takes her bond with Planned Parenthood to a new level. The award aligns Pelosi not only with the interests of the abortion enterprise but, perhaps unconsciously, with its founder, a self-avowed devotee of negative eugenics.
Not only did Sanger help to form and nurture the eugenics movement in the United States – through her writing and public speaking – but she preached the eugenic gospel of decrying charitable efforts on behalf of the poor as a form of “cruelty,” because such efforts helped them breed more of their kind and drain resources and attention from the well-born. Naturally, social forces that favored such philanthropy, mainly religious entities offering homes and shelters for unwed mothers, became objects of her severe scorn.