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Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist who shouldn’t be on US currency

Want change for your twenty-dollar bill? The group Women on 20s (W20) does. They are leading a campaign to take President Andrew Jackson off it, and replace him with a woman from American history.

Why ditch the seventh president? Well, he was a slave owner who, as W20’s website explains, “helped gain Congressional passage of the ‘Indian Removal Act of 1830’ that drove Native American tribes of the Southeastern United States off their resource-rich land and into Oklahoma to make room for white European settlers. Commonly known as the Trail of Tears, the mass relocation of Indians resulted in the deaths of thousands from exposure, disease and starvation during the westward migration. Not okay.”

All right then, who should replace him? W20 offers a list of 15 women that the public can vote for, including one who spoke at a Klu Klux Klan rally and made controversial statements about exterminating the Negro population.

Yeah.

Yeah.

That would be Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood—America’s largest abortion provider. If Jackson is unacceptable because of his racist track record, then W20 should really take look at Sanger’s views; they were definitely not okay.

Margaret Sanger was a deeply committed eugenicist intent on eliminating what she called “human weed.” She accepted an invitation to speak at a KKK meeting in 1926. In 1939, Sanger wrote a letter mentioning the “ignorance” and “superstitions” that she believed “colored Negroes” to be afflicted with. Not that Sanger’s animus was limited to African-Americans: immigrants, the poor, and the disabled were subject to it as well. As far as Ms. Sanger was considered, they were all “human beings who never should have been born.”

That legacy lives on today, with Planned Parenthood choosing to locate a disproportionate number of its abortion clinics in or near minority neighborhoods. The group Protecting Black Life has illustrated this via a map combining data from the 2010 U.S. census with the location of Planned Parenthood facilities. And while unplanned children may be the primary targets at these places, their mothers aren’t safe either. Former staff members at one facility reported a “meat market” atmosphere plagued by bloody tables and unsterilized equipment. Meanwhile, employees at other centers have been caught offering to cover up statutory rape and help pimps abuse child prostitutes.

Planned Parenthood officials in multiple states have also been willing to accept donations from people who said they wanted to see more African-American children aborted. The reasons given ranged from a belief that there’s “way too many blacks in America” to being sick of affirmative action.

While Planned Parenthood’s founder may not be on your money (yet), her organization is certainly getting a lot of it. Every year Planned Parenthood takes in over half a billion dollars in federal funding. That’s despite its racist agenda and proof that staff have been ready to cover up abuse, commit gendercide, and introduce teens to unsafe sexual practices.

If that doesn’t sound right then tell Congress.  You can do that through Live Action’s online petition calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded and held to account. Because just as Margaret Sanger doesn’t deserve to be on America’s currency, the group she founded doesn’t deserve to be receiving it either.

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