Thursday, August 30, 2007

Planned Parenthood and Nazi Eugenics (and Maggie!)

Another great article from Taki's Top Drawer:

This article is excerpted from Salvation is From the Jews, by Roy Schoeman (Ignatius Press, San Francisco: 2004), with the kind permission of the author.

Planned Parenthood and Nazi Eugenics


There is a facile temptation to think of Nazi anti-Semitism as an expression of Christianity and Christian theology—“applied Christianity”, if you will. But even a cursory examination of Nazi writings and policies shows that this is far from the truth—on the contrary, the campaign to exterminate the Jews grew out of the world view of secular materialism, of evolution and the exaltation of the natural over the supernatural, and was in fact an extreme expression of “applied Darwinism.”

In the past there have been many persecutions of the Jews in Christian countries. These persecutions fell into one of three categories. Some were mob actions, inflamed expressions of blood lust and fury. Tragically, many of these were incited by pseudo-Christian exhortations to avenge the death of Christ, or by related blood libels against the Jews (most particularly accusing them of the human sacrifice of Christian children). The pogroms and the rampaging mobs of the Crusades fall into this category. However, the Holocaust does not. The slaughter of the Holocaust was not produced by momentary mob hysteria, but was a calculated, “rational”, long-term campaign plotted by sober, if deranged, minds.

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At a March 1925 international birth control gathering held in New York City, a speaker warned of the menace posed by the “black” and “yellow” peril. The man was not a National Socialist (Nazi) or a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The speaker was Dr. S. Adolphus Knopf, a member of Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League (ABCL), which along with other groups eventually became known as Planned Parenthood. Another doctor at this conference lamented that preventive medicine was saving the lives of “worthless unfits,” and he seriously suggested that euthanasia be used to “dispose of some of our utterly hopeless dependents,” but noted that this could not happen until the public changed its “prejudices” on the subject…

Elsewhere Sanger spoke of her plan for sterilizing those she designated as “unfit” as the “salvation of American civilization”. And she also spoke of those who were irresponsible and reckless’’, among whom she included those “whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers”. She further contended that “there is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped”. Whether this was to be accomplished “voluntarily” does not appear to have been a serious policy impediment.

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Read the rest at Taki's Top Drawer:

Planned Parenthood and Nazi Eugenics

13 comments:

The Historian said...

As a historian, I find it incredibly disingenuous the way the far- and Christian right choose to characterize historical figures in such ignorant and ham-handed way. You can try to demonize Margaret Sanger--or reclaim Susan B. Anthony or Thomas Jefferson as right-wing ideologues or what have you--but history does not stand with you.

If Sanger spoke with the KKK women's auxiliary because it was one of the largest social organizations of the time, she obviously did so with some trepidation (as is obvious in the tone of the small sound-bite you and others use) and for an audience who did not really agree with her message of women's liberation through control of their own bodies. In fact, though occasional moderately eugenicist ideas proffer minor superficial likenesses, the viewpoints of such women's groups and of the Nazis and other fascists were in most cases in direct contradiction with Sanger and other sexual liberals of the time.

The conservative 1920s KKK and the later German National Socialists, whether politely listening to Sanger or not, thought that contraception by women was a danger to the moral identity of the state/nation/race. Not unlike you and your comrades, they would rather burn Sanger's books (as the Nazis did later) or ban their mailing in US postal areas (which Sanger successfully fought) than actually admit that it's good for women to control their bodies. So... who's side are YOU really on?

Anonymous said...

"Historian":
Who is burning books? Who is sliencing you, even here? You attack a straw-man from your own imagination.

Also, to suggest that abortion is only about women "controlling their bodies" without consideration of the existance, or rights of the individual slain in an abortion is myopic. Is it any wonder that comparisons are made to Nazism when an entire class of humans are made un-persons, with no rights to life, based on an arbitrary trait (age/developmental progress)?

Chris mankey said...

"Is it any wonder that comparisons are made to Nazism when an entire class of humans are made un-persons, with no rights to life, based on an arbitrary trait (age/developmental progress)?"

Thier made unpersons? You mean zygotes are people too? Are people balls of undifferentiated cells? Is using the the moral equivalent of gassing fully formed people who can feel pain and suffer? Really? HOW?

Anonymous said...

Are you guys NUTTY? Have you heard of partial birth ABORTION?

Give me a break.

ANY PRO CHOICER who thinks PARTIAL BIRTH abortion is not JUST as bad as gassing innocent children (always remember more non-jews were killed under facism.. we ALL have to fear nazi/facism)

Will you not at least admit to this CLEAR TRUTH you freaking BABY killing CNT WHORS

Anonymous said...

"Is using the the moral equivalent of gassing fully formed people who can feel pain and suffer?"

So as long as human beings aren't fully formed it's ok to gas them? You do realize that people aren't fully formed until they are about 21 to 25 years old. Right now scientists believe that is when the brain stops developing. But even then some people might be deformed due to accidents or birth defects, should they not be considered people? You also have to consider that from the moment that you are fully formed you start to wear down as the body ages; is there a point where you are too old to have rights?

Also they're people who are born not being able to feel pain. Do they not have the right to life?

The problem with your argument is that it arbitrarily gives and takes rights from groups of people depending on development. Whereas pro-lifers consider all human beings have rights no matter how developed they are.

Oh yeah if your argument is that the unborn aren't human beings consider that to be a human being you have to be human and alive. A cell is defined to be alive. Since the pre-born have their own human DNA and are made up of cells they are scientifically speaking human beings.

Anonymous said...

Not everyone that is pro choice is pro late term abortion. It wasn't that long ago when they believed masterbation was abortion believing sperm to provide life and the womb nothing but a carrier. I think if pro life groups put as much effort into helping young mothers as they do making dead baby signs they would see better results.

Anonymous said...

Women have allot of control over their bodies. If you are willing to kill your baby inside your womb why don't you give yourself an abortion?? If you had to risk your own life to have an abortion you would never do it. So in actuality abortion is 100% a matter of money & greed and not some Ideological freedom of choice. Abortion as practiced by Planned Parenthood is nothing more that a paid assassin.

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