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Nontroversy of the Day: Dede Scozzafava

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SanFranciscoZionist10/16/2009 7:11:21 pm PDT

re: #15 MandyManners

What are the real reasons?

Sanger is an iconic figure for reproductive rights, and a Planned Parenthood founder. As a result, anti-abortion activists, among others, have found it necessary to promote, inflate, and generally yell from the rooftops that Sanger was a racist and a eugenicist.

Was she? Yeah. Sanger had all of the popular prejudices of her day, some of which were shared by people not yet commonly attacked by Michelle Malkin. (Oliver Wendell Holmes on sterilization comes to mind.) But the material on Sanger is taken completely out of its social context, and presented as though she was this filthy racist fighting against lovely upstanding conservatives who cared deeply for poor women and their children. This is BS.

I am not a fan of Sanger as a person. However, I am a big fan of Planned Parenthood, and the reproductive rights of women, birth control top of the list. I strongly suspect that the wholesale drive to discredit Sanger has far more to do with a desire to see PP and Roe v. Wade dragged through the mud than any actual moral indignation at a woman who may not deserve all her hero status, but certainly did a hell of a lot to help women.