Planned Parenthood's Promotion of Sex for Social Revolution

Margaret Sanger and the Evolution of Sex     1/9/2007By Wendy Wright

Planned Parenthood's Promotion of Sex for Social Revolution

From its founding, Planned Parenthood has promoted sex not only for recreation but for social revolution.


If man is an evolved animal, not made in the image of God, then treating others as sex objects and aborting the results would free people to evolve further, it could be argued. This ideology also turns Planned Parenthood a handsome profit for contraceptives, testing, treating sexually transmitted diseases and aborting babies.


Last year, Planned Parenthood (PP) received $882 million in gross revenue, with a $63 million net profit. About a third comes from us taxpayers and another hefty chunk comes from corporations and foundations. No wonder Planned Parenthood's No. 1 goal in its 25-year plan published in 2000 is to make sure sex is "celebrated."


This international nonprofit money machine began as the dream of a militant, anti-capitalist, anti-charity, pro-eugenic, over-sexed socialist. Killer Angel, George Grant's biography of Planned Parenthood's founder, provides a shocking account of feminism's patron saint and insight into her organization's purpose.


Margaret Sanger traded in the life of a comfortable New York City housewife to cavort with infamous socialist agitators of the early 20th Century. Ingratiating herself to Eugene Debs, who aided the Russian Revolution, and anarchist Emma Goldman, who advocated sexual libertinism and the virtues of assassination, Sanger quickly became a fire-breathing renegade.


She held her radical friends spellbound with discussions of "free" sex, which she preached as a revolutionary tool.


Leaving her husband, she sought to support herself by publishing a journal called The Rebel Woman. Its motto was "No Gods and No Masters." The first issue denounced marriage as "a degenerate institution" and modesty as "obscene prudery."


Facing federal indictment for publishing lewd articles, Sanger fled to England. As a parting shot, she distributed 100,000 leaflets on "Family Limitation" that recommended dangerous concoctions like "Lysol douches" and "herbal abortifacients."


In England, she filled her year as a fugitive with lectures on Nietzsche's moral relativism, and her bed with the likes of H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw and many others. But the greatest impact on her was her affair with Havelock Ellis and her adoption of Malthusian eugenics.


Ellis, an intellectual force behind the sexual revolution, staged orgies for his friends and watched his wife have lesbian sex but was himself impotent. He was a disciple of the cousin of Charles Darwin, Francis Galton, who developed eugenics, the "science" of engineering the evolution of man through breeding the desirable and extinguishing the "unfit."


Ellis encouraged Sanger to tone down her pro-abortion rhetoric and replace advocacy of anarchy and socialism with a scientific approach: Eugenics to help the disadvantaged.


Returning to America, Sanger waged an aggressive publicity campaign so successful that officials dropped all charges. She opened an illegal clinic in an ethnic neighborhood. Arrested for contraband and harmful medical practices, she spent 30 days in the workhouse, which convinced her to gain a broader following before trying again.


She launched The Birth Control League, along with the Birth Control Review magazine, with contributors such as Ernst Rudin, Hitler's director of genetic sterilization, and Leon Whitney, who praised the Nazi race purification programs.


Sanger's "Negro Project" displayed the skills she learned from communists for propaganda so effective that it recruits the very people who will be harmed.


"The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal," she wrote. "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the Minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."


After the Nazi horrors discredited outright eugenics, Sanger rehabilitated her group by renaming it "Planned Parenthood." Affiliates had to make "legal access" to "unrestricted abortion" a "high priority." As one medical director stated, "You can't get adequate fertility control with contraception alone. You have got to grapple with sterilization and abortion."


PP began pressuring governments to limit births through incentives and punishments, and called China's brutal one-child campaign a "stunning success."


The group promotes "values-free" sex education that denigrates morality and parents, and challenges laws through protests, lawsuits, and outright violations such as performing "menstrual extraction" (a misnomer for abortion) where abortion is outlawed.


Government entitlement programs pay for Planned Parenthood's lucrative business under the guise that it will reduce welfare costs by reducing the number of poor people. Its propaganda machine smears detractors and it has even had people arrested and jailed for praying outside its clinics.


Following Sanger's lead, Planned Parenthood dispenses dangerous concoctions like RU-486, the abortion pill deadly to mothers and babies, demands that laws it disagrees with be overturned (yet insists that Roe v. Wade cannot be reversed), and mocks Christians (its Christmas card proclaims "Choice on Earth") while hiring "clergy" and establishing alliances with liberal churches.


Creative and courageous people are countering Planned Parenthood through moral sex education programs, pregnancy care centers, and legislation. Churches annually honor Sanctity of Life Sunday.


But the most powerful tactic may be the one that Planned Parenthood exists to defy:


"Be fruitful and multiply."



Wendy Wright is president of Concerned Women for America. For more information on Planned Parenthood, see CWA's paper (available at

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