Pro-Life Leaders Blast Pelosi for Accepting Award Named for Eugenicist

By Lauretta Brown | March 28, 2014 | 5:15 PM EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( –  Calling abortion “the mass genocide of our time,” pro-life leader Jill Stanek said that Nancy Pelosi’s acceptance of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award on Thursday was “the equivalent of accepting an award from the Nazi Party or the KKK.”

"To be associated with the great Margaret Sanger - and with other Margaret Sanger awardees- is a distinct honor," Pelosi tweeted after accepting the award at Planned Parenthood’s annual dinner in Washington.

“It does display a double standard and it’s the equivalent of accepting an award from the Nazi party or the KKK, which were both eugenicist groups,” Stanek told when asked about the propriety of the House Minority Leader accepting an award named for the eugenicist who wrote that “the most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

Sanger also referred to some children as “human weeds.” And in an essay entitled, ““Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda” Sanger wrote: "Today Eugenics is suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and throrough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems."

“It also demonstrates the blindness of a culture at the time that there is mass genocide going on," Stanek added. "We look back on the times of the Nazi cleansing, of the United States’ slavery, and we wonder how in the world could people let that happen?

Jill Stanek

“But we’re living through such a time right now, when actually abortion is devastating the African American community in particular - and Planned Parenthood is a large part of that - and yet our country and the black community is blind to it.” recently reported that more black babies are killed in the womb than born alive in New York City.

“It’s most interesting that this is coming from liberals who are hyper-sensitive, overly sensitive to racial disparity, racial comment, what they consider hate speech and yet they’re just in the thick of it,” Stanek pointed out. “They’re part of what the problem is and they just don’t see it.”

Other pro-life leaders expressed similar outrage at Pelosi’s reception of the Sanger award.

Judie Brown, president of the American Life League (ALL), told that she considered Pelosi’s acceptance “absolutely inappropriate,” especially because Pelosi claims to be a Catholic and “Sanger was an enemy of the Catholic Church and Planned Parenthood and still is today.”

Judie Brown, president of American Life League

Pro-life activist Lila Rose posted a statement on her Live Action website regarding Pelosi’s acceptance of the Sanger award.

“Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, sought the elimination of 'human weeds' and those 'unfit' to 'breed,' including African-Americans and the disabled," she said.

"Those who receive Planned Parenthood’s highest award, which bears Sanger’s name, out themselves as foot soldiers in the same unjust and violent movement. They march with an industry that piles up profits from the difficult circumstances some women find themselves in, and by destroying innocent human beings.

“Nancy Pelosi is really receiving the “Eugenics Award” – the Margaret Sanger Award is a euphemism for exactly this. And the reality behind the euphemism of ‘abortion’ – not a sterile medical procedure, but a violent act that kills a newly forming human being – is no less horrific.”