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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice - Part 1 History

Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, is one of the movement’s great heroes.  Her early efforts remain the hallmark of Planned Parenthood’s mission:  to provide contraception and other health services to women and men, fund research on birth control, and educating specialists and the public about the results, and advancing access to family planning in the United States and around the world.”  (Planned Parenthood History and Successes)
Last year in commemoration of the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America made the following remarks, “The anniversary of Roe v. Wade is a reminder that advances for women's health and rights do not come easily. We have to speak out and stand together to make progress…Today, we celebrate what we achieved 38 years ago with Roe v. Wade and rededicate ourselves to protecting each woman's constitutional right to make her own private, personal medical decisions.”

Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care provider, educator and advocate.  This month Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country will hold celebrations, luncheons, and days of advocacy in commemoration of the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

At the same time events will be held in opposition to the Supreme Court companion decisions of January 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton which together made abortion legal to perform at any time during pregnancy for almost any reason. Resulting in 49,453,000 legal abortions performed in the US between 1973 and 2008 with the highest rate being among African American and Hispanic women.*

In order to defend my pro-life stance and to better formulate my opinion as to the success or failure of Planned Parenthood as the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate, provider and educator, I researched the history of Planned Parenthood and its founder, Margaret Sanger. The result was a five part commentary which will post during this week leading up to the March for Life East Coast and its companion Walk for Life West Coast.

The first part, Planned Parenthood a Eugenic Beginning lays a foundation linking Margaret Sanger’s adherence to the philosophy of eugenics, birth control and weeding out the unfit with the Planned Parenthood mission.

Margaret Sanger founder of Planned Parenthood believed that women should not be weighed down with unwanted children. To weed out the unwanted and unfit she advocated birth control, segregation and sterilization. She made it her mission to fight compulsory motherhood, antiquated laws, and was prominent in getting her “magic pill” tested, mass produced and sold. After her death in 1966 her mission continues through Planned Parenthood Federation of America, International Planned Parenthood Federation and Planned Parenthood Global.

Planned Parenthood Part I
A Eugenic Beginning

*Trends in Abortion in the United States, 1973 – 2008, Guttmacher Institute 2011

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