Margaret Sanger supported direct government coercion of sterilization for the poor.
“It now remains for the United States government to set a sensible example to the world by offering a bonus or a yearly pension to all obviously unfit parents who allow themselves to be sterilized by harmless and scientific means. In this way the moron and the diseased would have no posterity to inherit their unhappy condition…. [A]sk the government to first take off the burdens of the insane and feebleminded from your backs. Sterilization for these is the remedy.”
Margaret Sanger, “The Function of Sterilization,” Birth Control Review, Oct. 1926, p. 299, emphasis added.
She called for Congress to set up a “ Parliament of Population,” among whose tasks would include: “to apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring….[and] to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.” (Margaret Sanger, “A Plan for Peace," Birth Control Review, April 1932, p. 107)
Harry H. Laughlin wrote the "Model Sterilization” law for eugenic sterilization, the law on which the Nazis later based their 1933 sterilization law. Laughlin was on Sanger’s American Birth Control League Board.