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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    I am certainly no fan of Sanger's or Planned Parenthood but over the years I've come to realize that she has been misrepresented a great deal. Much of what you read of what she said are quote mines and in a few cases something she never even said. Apparently she was actually pretty much against abortion. She was mainly interested in birth control which was illegal in her time.
    That is true generally. However she was ok with using any means necessary to make it happen. Sanger also felt that birt control would reduce unsafe abortion attempts. But her thinking was a bit double minded. She believed in forced sterility among minority groups and the poor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catholicity View Post
    That is true generally. However she was ok with using any means necessary to make it happen. Sanger also felt that birt control would reduce unsafe abortion attempts. But her thinking was a bit double minded. She believed in forced sterility among minority groups and the poor.
    I know she was a supporter of eugenics which is one of the reasons I'm not a fan of hers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    I am certainly no fan of Sanger's or Planned Parenthood but over the years I've come to realize that she has been misrepresented a great deal. Much of what you read of what she said are quote mines and in a few cases something she never even said. Apparently she was actually pretty much against abortion. She was mainly interested in birth control which was illegal in her time.
    I know this isn't a debate thread, so I will not debate the issue more than just to point out her positions. Was she against abortion? Sure, but she was also an avid eugenicist that worked on passing laws not only in favor of birth control, but in favor of sterilizing those that were 'unfit', as she saw it, to be parents. In fact, in one of her books, she condemned church's working on making it safer and easier for poor women to have children. Her works are public domain now and you can even read some of her books on gutenberg here. The Pivot of Civilization, in peculiar, gives quite an interesting insight.
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