Pro-life groups protest portrait of Margaret Sanger in National Gallery
Apparently, removing the statues of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis is noble and moral, while allowing the bust of a eugenicist who advocated sterilizing black people is A-OK.
Pro-life groups protested in front of the National Portrait Gallery, calling for the removal of the bust depicting Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger.
“You must remove the bust!” Jackson said at the rally in front of the Smithsonian museum. He later added, “If Margaret Sanger had her way, MLK and Rosa Parks would never have been born.”
The event also was organized by conservative group ForAmerica and a group of black pastors.
Sanger, who died in 1966, founded two companies that eventually led to the creation of Planned Parenthood.
GOP 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has publicly supported the movement to remove Sanger’s bust from the gallery. Cruz along with Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, circulated a letter to lawmakers calling the sculpture’s display “an affront broth to basic human decency and the very meaning of justice.”
Sanger, born in 1879, spent much of her life working to change federal and state statutes that had criminalized contraceptives. She was at the leading edge of the birth control movement. Her bust is part of the museum’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit, which honors Americans who fought for the civil rights of groups that were disenfranchised.
But she was controversial because of her work in eugenics – the science of altering human population through controlled breeding and forced sterilization.
The Portrait Gallery, which has displayed the tribute to Sanger since 2010, said it would not take it down. A spokesperson for the gallery told The Associated Press that the museum’s displays include some people with “less than admirable characteristics.”
It also defended its decision to CNSNews.com and said the bust is in keeping with the museum’s goal to “see the past clearly and objectively.”
“Margaret Sanger is included in the museum’s collection, not in tribute to all her beliefs, many of which are now controversial, but because of her leading role in early efforts to distribute information about birth control and medical information to disadvantaged women, as well as her later roles associated with developing modern methods of contraception and in founding Planned Parenthood of America,” the statement read.
This is truly bizarre logic. Sanger developed her contraception program not to "help" poor women, but as an adjunct to her belief that such women shouldn't be having children. Eugenics was at the core of her being. Everything she did in "service" to women was aimed at denying them their birthright to have children.
Isn't this like praising the Nazis because they made the trains run on time? To obscure Sanger's beliefs in a haze of laudatory, sugar-coated treacle is dishonest when the truth is easily discovered.