"Eugenics without Birth Control seems to us a house builded [sic] upon the sands. It is at the mercy of the rising stream of the unfit."
"[T]he campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical in ideal with the final aims of eugenics ..."
"While I personally believe in the sterilization of the feeble-minded, the insane and the syphiletic [sic], I have not been able to discover that these measures are more than superficial deterrents when applied to the constantly growing stream of the unfit."
Margaret Sanger supported direct government coercion of sterilization for the poor.
Sanger worked with the American Eugenics Society (AES), the major eugenics organization in America. Sanger had many organizational connections to the AES, other eugenic groups, and many individual eugenicists.
Sanger's ties to the organized eugenics movement were extensive.
Planned Parenthood’s organizational involvement with eugenics runs deep, and it continued after founder Margaret Sanger’s death.
Few questions raise more hackles among Planned Parenthood defenders and opponents than the question of Margaret Sanger's possible racism. In fact, I've been called a servant of Satan for my position on this ... by pro-lifers!
The most damning piece of evidence against Sanger in the matter of racism is a letter in which she discusses the “Negro Project.” In my judgment, however, the evidence there is ambiguous at best.
While Sanger did not seem to be a racist, she attracted the worst of the racist eugenicists, including Harry Laughlin, into her movement.
Lothrop Stoddard was a famous racist whom Margaret Sanger actively engaged to work with her organizations.
Burch was a eugenicist and racist anti-immigration activist.
Clarence Gamble worked for decades in Margaret Sanger’s national organizations (all early forms of Planned Parenthood) as well as the state affiliates. As a personal friend, she recruited him and involved him in important decisions. Gamble was a racist and ardent eugenicist.
Hans Harmsen, a German physician, was an important scientific and academic supporter of Nazi policies in the 1930s and 1940s, such as the inhumane 1933 sterilization law that mandated coercion.