Anti-choicers wield misattributed and often outright false quotes about Sanger as weapons to shame Black women for exercising their right to choose, and even more nonsensically, to shame them for supporting Planned Parenthood.
As reproductive politics are once again consumed by an attack on Planned Parenthood, it is worth stepping back and asking why this organization is so particularly reviled by the anti-choice movement.
I support Planned Parenthood for the same reasons millions of other people do, but I have another, more unique, reason for supporting Planned Parenthood. I have a remote connection to its origin: Anthony Comstock was a distant relative of mine.
Her opponents have smeared her as a racist and classist, but Sanger devoted her life to fighting for equal access to reproductive choice.
As every anti-choice advocate and candidate invokes the name of the founder of Planned Parenthood, Ms. Magazine takes a deeper look into her life and work.
President Bush praises family planning? On World Contraception Day? Don’t fall off your chair. Nearly 40 years ago, ensuring universal access to family planning services was a cause that card-carrying Republicans were actually proud to embrace. So we’re talkin’ President George Bush, Senior, before he was President.
Vision, power, timing and movement are among eight lessons of leadership from Margaret Sanger’s life and work.
Women of color are not children unable to make decisions and our children are not “on the brink of extinction” through an organized genocidal plot.
Concern for women’s rights among many conservatives extends only as far as it can be used against our enemies.
Margaret Sanger’s vivid, impassioned words resonate even today.