by Jonathan Zimmerman
April 26, 2019
Margaret Sanger is an American heroine. She opened our country’s first birth-control clinic and helped found Planned Parenthood, which brought reproductive services to millions of women. But Sanger also endorsed the racist pseudo-science of eugenics, promoting contraception and sterilization as a way to limit population growth among immigrants and African-Americans.
So should we take down statues and other memorials to her? That’s what 25 House Republicans said in 2015, petitioning the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery to remove a bust of Sanger. MORE