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Was Margaret Sanger attempting to sterilize African American woman through Planned Parenthood?
[No. Margaret Sanger was not interested in creating a 'superior' white race, but in creating a human race with smaller percentages of defects. This claim of using eugenics to sterilize 'degenerates' (African Americans) is a far cry from what the process was actually about. Many world leaders, such as Theodore Roosevelt and W.E.B. Du Bois, supported Sanger's eugenics movement.
Origin and Prevalence
Prevalent in political campaigns. Usually articles to do with politics hold a political bias.
http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/14/432080520/fact-check-was-planned-parenthood-started-to-control-the-black-population Planned Parenthood becomes a hot topic especially around election times.
"in 2011, businessman and GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said Planned Parenthood's early mission was to "help kill black babies before they came into the world, " is an origin of this claim, but again it holds a political bias.
The majority of Planned Parenthood clinics are in fact located in majority white neighborhoods.This counteracts the claim that clinics were purposely placed in majority black areas. When it comes to eugenics, Sanger was not against African Americans, but rather for the idea that the human race could be bettered through encouraging people with traits like intelligence, hard work, and cleanliness to reproduce. She actually worked with W.E.B. DuBois, a very prominent black right activist, on getting safe contraception to African Americans. http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/14/432080520/fact-check-was-planned-parenthood-started-to-control-the-black-population
In 1996, Planned Parenthood gave an award to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in his acceptance speech he said that "there [was] a striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger's early efforts".