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A planned society

I want to thank The Aspen Times for publishing Mike Anton’s article on the forced sterilizations that were carried out under California’s eugenics program between 1909 and the early 1970s (Aspen Times, Dec. 31).

As the article mentioned, one of the major promoters of this policy was Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. Sanger was a firm believer in the use of force (lack of choice) to advance her vision of a “purer gene pool” and “the perfect race,” through the sterilization of those deemed mentally unfit, and those who were members of ethnic minorities.

Following Sanger’s vision, legalized abortion has also historically been targeted at minorities. Of the more than 100 Planned Parenthood clinics that opened at schools in the 1980s, all have been at substantially black, ethnic or minority schools (page 14 of “Teen Pregnancy, Impact on Schools,” Roberta Weiner, 1987).



According to a Health and Human Services Administration report, up to 43 percent of all abortions in the 1990s were performed on blacks and 10 percent on Hispanics, though they respectively made up only 11 percent and 8 percent of the population.

Former Planned Parenthood Federation President Faye Wattleton, herself black, admitted in an interview that Sanger did, indeed, advocate “eugenics and the advancement of the perfect race” (Washington Times, Aug. 10, 1984).



Though she distanced herself from these views, she also had to confess that Planned Parenthood has never officially repudiated the vision of its founder, a vision based not on “freedom of choice,” but on imposing her view of a perfect society, by force if necessary.

Christin Sercel

Carbondale


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