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Anti-abortion groups demand Portrait Gallery remove Planned Parenthood founder bust.

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. The conservative push to remove Sanger’s bust comes after anti-abortion activists have released eight videos showing secretly recorded conversations in which Planned Parenthood officials discuss how the organization sometimes provides fetal tissue to medical researchers. “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.

Sanger’s tribute sits in the Smithsonian museum’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, a placement that minister and former Republican politician E.W. The fact sheet says that criticizing the family planning movement based on Sanger’s support for eugenics is like rejecting the Declaration of Independence because “it’s author, Thomas Jefferson, bought and sold slaves”. A spokesperson for the gallery admitted the “sometimes deplorable beliefs” of Sanger, Fox News Channel reported, but added that the director “respectfully declines” to remove the bust because Sanger is being honored for her contributions to women’s healthcare. 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. 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.

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. Sanger’s disdain for blacks, minority groups, and the diseased and disabled birthed America’s largest abortion chain, which profits off the killing of the weakest and most vulnerable. “That’s right.

The Smithsonian thought Sanger fit this description, including her bust with text that reads she “profoundly affected by the physical and mental toll exacted on women by frequent childbirth, miscarriage and self-induced abortion”. 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. 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.

The Smithsonian describes Sanger as “one of the most important feminists of the 20th century” because of her activism in pushing for access to contraceptives such as birth control. Eight videos have been released, and more are promised. “These are the kind of great lengths to which liberals go to ignore the writings of their own icons,” said Kengor, a professor and author of “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage.” “Pages 366 and 367 of her memoirs, published by a top New York publishing house, she talks about her 1926 speech to the Silver Lake, New Jersey, women’s chapter of the KKK. 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. That’s right – Margaret Sanger spoke to the KKK.” “She describes the white hoods that come through, the flaming crosses that come through,” Kengor recalled. “Then she gets up and speaks, and she spoke for so long and was such a hit that she didn’t get finished until late at night.

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. As the founder of Planned Parenthood, Sanger encouraged the sterilization of persons whom she deemed unfit, and encouraged the reproduction of groups with more desirable qualities. Planned Parenthood sent a letter to congressional leadership Thursday maintaining the Center for Medical Progress videos are “heavily edited” to “smear” the group.

She also said a whole bunch of additional offers to speak were proffered by her enthusiastic audience, and she finished so late that she missed the train to go back to New York. 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.

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. Unlike those staging the protest today, Planned Parenthood trusts that black women can and will make the best decisions for their lives and families.” 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”. But the activists contended that they have been deceived by Planned Parenthood, a group they say is unfairly targeting black women to receive abortions with the goal of reducing births of black babies.

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. Sanger wrote that hiring charismatic “colored ministers” would ensure no one would think “we want to exterminate the race and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members”.

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.

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