|Cecile Richards and Margaret Sanger|
Thus the convoluted, intended-to-hide headline from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, “ The Layered, Complex History of Margaret Sanger — Planned Parenthood Founder and Reproductive Rights Trailblazer”– and the oblique first sentence :” Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a woman of heroic accomplishments, and like all heroes, she was also complex and imperfect” [www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/blog/margaret-sanger-planned-parenthoods-founder].
“Imperfect”? Yes, you could say that. Let’s just cite one example.
Here’s a passage from, “The Need for Birth Control in America,” which appeared in Birth Control: Facts and Responsibilities, ed. Adolf Meyer, M.D., 1925.
“In his last book, Mr. [H. G.] Wells speaks of the meaningless, aimless lives which cram this world of ours, hordes of people who are born, who live, who die, yet who have done absolutely nothing to advance the race one iota. Their lives are hopeless repetitions. All that they have said has been said before; all that they have done has been done better before. Such human weeds clog up the path, drain up the energies and the resources of this little earth. We must clear the way for a better world; we must cultivate our garden.”
“Hopeless repetitions” that are “clog[ging] up the path” that “we must clear away” so as to “cultivate our garden”?
“Imperfect” seems a bit of an understatement, wouldn’t you agree?
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