America currently wrestles with racial injustice and inequity, it is deeply troubling to honor and celebrate Margaret Sanger, an avowed racist and eugenicist, who diminished communities of color and the marginalized.
In a Christian Newswire press release, the Stanton Public Policy Center said they see this as a first step in defunding Planned Parenthood as it is clear Americans do not want public money going to an organization founded by a racist.
Stanton Public Policy Center is a women’s advocacy and educational group that works on issues of human rights and justice that empower and inspire women. It is affiliated with Stanton Healthcare which has life-affirming women’s health clinics in America and internationally.
Planned Parenthood removing Margaret Sanger’s name from their New York clinic fits into Stanton’s national campaign to have Margaret Sanger removed from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
This national campaign includes: public protests, educational initiatives, petition drives, networking with African-American organizations and members of Congress.
Congressman Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) recently sent a letter to the Honorable Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, who is the head of the Smithsonian Institution. In his letter, Congressman Fulcher asked for the removal of Margaret Sanger’s bust from the National Portrait Gallery.
“Stanton congratulates New York Planned Parenthood for removing Margaret Sanger’s name from their abortion center. As America is currently dealing with racial injustice and inequity, it is deeply troubling to honor and celebrate Margaret Sanger, an avowed racist and eugenicist, who diminished communities of color and the marginalized,” said Brandi Swindell, Stanton founder and CEO.
“However, removing the name of Margaret Sanger from a Planned Parenthood clinic is only a first step. The final goal should be removing public funding from an organization founded by a racist and eugenicist. We also continue to call for the removal of a display honoring Margaret Sanger from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.”
The Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Chief Strategy Officer for Stanton Public Policy Center, said, “The national campaign to remove the bust of a racist like Margaret Sanger from the National Portrait Gallery is not an attempt to rewrite or change history. Rather, it is a way to ensure we celebrate individuals whose lives reflect and embody the very best of who we are as a nation and honor the values we cherish.
“As America confronts racial injustice, it is critical our national institutions honor those who have inspired us to be our ‘better selves’ instead of honoring those who malign and diminish entire communities.”