Anti-abortion groups demand Portrait Gallery remove Planned Parenthood founder …

28 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Anti-abortion activists want Margaret Sanger’s bust removed.

Sen. WASHINGTON – Anti-abortion activists held a rally Thursday outside the National Portrait Gallery to demand the Washington museum remove a bust of Margaret Sanger, a controversial eugenicist who founded the organizations that later became Planned Parenthood.“If they must recognize her ‘historical significance, ‘ place her with busts of Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Goebbels, Pol Pot, and Dr.

The modern-day abortion provider has come under scrutiny following the release of undercover videos that allegedly show employees brokering the sale of fetal tissue. So say Ministers Taking a Stand, a group of black pastors who have asked the gallery to remove a portrait bust of Sanger, and will rally for the cause outside the facility on Thursday. This continues to be the mantra of the mass media concerning Planned Parenthood’s now well-known practice of “procuring” and selling infant baby parts. The participants, who held a press conference Thursday, claim that Sanger’s appearance in the exhibit, called, “Struggle for Justice,” is offensive, because it places the reproductive rights trailblazer in a position of honor alongside such icons as Dr.

The letter spotlights Sanger’s of advocacy of eugenics and controversial methods of population control, including abortion, especially among minorities. The media’s defense of this cold-blooded assault on innocent human life is foisted upon an incredulous public by not only the spoken and written word, but now in cartoon form as well (Aug. 23). (My goodness, what an “unmitigated calamity” if Planned Parenthood were to be defunded!) What a crock! Jackson, a conservative Christian minister and Virginia lawyer, led the rally in Washington urging the removal of the Sanger bust. “You must remove the bust!” Jackson said at the rally in front of the Smithsonian museum. This cartoon might also serve as a diversionary tactic to effectively desensitize and get people to ignore the actual brutality of what is happening to these babies. You can look at every president up to Zachary Taylor — they owned slaves.” “Perhaps your institution is a victim of propaganda advanced by those who support abortion.

Jackson and the conservative non-profit ForAmerica say their opposition to the bust is based on Sanger’s support of eugenics, a social movement that sought to remove undesirable traits from the gene pool through sterilization and selective breeding. Louis Gohmert, who have circulated a letter among Congressional colleagues supporting the pastors’ request. “Margaret Sanger may have been a lot of things, but a crusader for justice she was not. Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, told the AP that Sanger believed eugenics could be used to “sterilize out of existence the poor, the blacks.” Republican politicians have echoed these claims. She likened ‘colored people’ to ‘human weeds.’ She was a zealous proponent of the ideology of the American eugenics movement, and was at home in the company of the movement’s most radical elements,” the pastor’s group noted in a public petition that has already drawn 13,500 signatures. Portrait Gallery spokeswoman Bethany Bentley said Wednesday that Sanger’s bust will not be removed and that the museum displays images of important Americans, including some with objectionable qualities.

Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, that’s making the rounds among lawmakers in Congress calls the museum’s decision to display Sanger’s bust “an affront both to basic human decency and the very meaning of justice.” “There is no doubt that Margaret Sanger made some controversial, harmful statements that Planned Parenthood does not uphold. Sanger’s bust is featured within the portrait gallery’s “Wrestle for Justice” exhibit, which options shows about People outstanding within the civil rights struggles for blacks, ladies and others.

Instead, we try to draw attention to those who have made a significant impact on American history and culture, and that includes both the accomplished and reprehensible. She viewed eugenics as sound policy and considered the Ku Klux Klan an appropriate ideological partner to advance her work as a family planning advocate. We recognize Sanger’s advocacy on behalf of women’s health and education whilst acknowledging her sometimes deplorable beliefs,” wrote gallery director Kim Sajet in an Aug. 19 response letter to Bishop E.W.

For these reasons, she’s not someone I would call a great person, particularly speaking as an African American woman who is not from a wealthy background, meaning Sanger likely would have deemed me “unfit” to reproduce. But she was controversial because of her work in eugenics – the science of altering human population through controlled breeding and forced sterilization. But that does not change the fact that all reasonable people should also be able to agree that America would be far worse off had Margaret Sanger never existed. With far too many black women facing unequal access to proper reproductive health care and sex education, leaders of the faith community of all backgrounds have advocated with Planned Parenthood to provide more access to health care. It says ladies’s progress in schooling, jobs and politics “could be instantly linked to Sanger’s campaign and ladies’s potential to regulate their very own fertility”.

The fact is before Sanger’s arrest in 1916 and subsequent jail sentence for aiding women in acquiring birth control, which resulted in a landmark legal ruling, most American woman did not have access to reliable forms of family planning. Unlike those staging the protest today, Planned Parenthood trusts that black women can and will make the best decisions for their lives and families.”

When the museum declined their request, Jackson and his group took to social media, circulating an online petition that collected 14,000 signatures in two weeks. Besides the many health advantages American families experienced due to greater access to contraception thanks to the Sanger case, there have also been countless cultural benefits to society. The museum’s intent is not to honor her in an unqualified way, but rather to stimulate our audiences to reflect on the experience of Americans who struggled to improve the civil and social conditions of 20th-century America,” it added. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser and Live Action director Lila Rose, among others. “The museum’s response so far has been unserious and disrespectful. The website acknowledges her “association with the eugenics movement” but asserts that eugenics was a philosophy “that for a time was endorsed by numerous era’s prominent thinkers”.

Earlier this month, demonstrators gathered outside the Margaret Sanger Center in New York, holding signs and demanding Planned Parenthood be defunded. A 2004 fact sheet published by the group comes to the activist’s defense, while also separating the organization from some of her more antiquated beliefs. After all, if a woman has eight children, the norm for 1800s America, she might have second thoughts about committing to the grueling schedule required to be a political candidate, particularly one who has to commute between Washington, D.C. and another state on a regular basis. So with the exception of GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who is opposed to birth control and has a large family, it is highly likely that Republican candidates, including Sen.

Ted Cruz, owe a debt of gratitude to Margaret Sanger, whether they want to admit it or not. (Cruz, it should be noted, has two children, and his wife Heidi is a high-powered investment banker.) For Cruz and other Sanger critics, her sins outweigh her contributions. Which means if we removed the statues and portraits of every leader who contributed to this country in a meaningful way for gross moral failings, then the walls of the White House, the Capitol and most State Houses would be empty. As a black American, I can say that while I am troubled by some of Margaret Sanger’s words, I would be remiss not to acknowledge her contributions to my community.

Though some conservative critics seem to hold Sanger accountable for the high abortion rates within the black community since she founded the precursor to Planned Parenthood, Sanger’s own attitudes about abortion were complex, and not what we might call “pro-choice” today. In 1918 she wrote, “While there are cases where even the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization.” Instead, she argued that government’s failure to not make contraception widely accessible to all women made the government culpable in any deaths resulting from abortion. When they decided to have families of their own, they were able to plan a size that worked for them, an option that had not been available to their mothers.

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