Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger on Catholics: ‘They Have Simply Outbred the Protestants … They Have Control’

By Sam Dorman | September 8, 2015 | 6:57pm EDT

( -- Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, who argued against the Catholic Church on contraception, marriage, and children for decades, said in an interview with reporter Mike Wallace that she had read that Catholics oppose birth control because they want more Catholics and, as she had read about Massachusetts, “Catholics had simply outbred the Protestants” there and “they have control.”

In the Sept. 21, 1957 interview on The Mike Wallace Show, the host asked Sanger,  “May I ask you why – now I know that in private and actually in public discussions, I think, prior to this time – you have been willing to state your understanding of what the motives of the Church are, and now you would rather remain silent.  May I ask you why?”

Sanger said, “Well, simply because I don’t think the Church has changed in its attitude. Some hierarchy have changed their attitude – you can’t say the same thing you might have said a year or two years ago, as to your belief, as to your opinion.”

Wallace then asked, “Have you heard it said that the reason that the Church is against birth control is because they want more Catholics?”

“I’ve read it,” Sanger replied. “Do you believe it?” Wallace asked.

Sanger answered, “Well, if you read their papers where they point out Boston, that that’s what has happened in Boston and Massachusetts. They have simply outbred the Protestants, and they’re in Boston and Massachusetts, they have control. I read that in their own papers.”

Back in 1932, in an essay entitled The Pope’s Position on Birth Control, Sanger said, “My own position is that the Catholic doctrine is illogical, not in accord with science, and definitely against social welfare and race improvement.”  

In a draft article entitled Women and the Catholic Church, Sanger claimed, “the whole future of woman is thus placed into, under the power of the Roman Church without leaving to her the least choice in the matter whatsoever. … The condition of woman becomes a vassal.

“The R. Church issues commands to its adherents who, tho citizens of this country obey these commands against our constitutional rights. It is annihilating our liberties and establishing it rules & dominion in its place. Our honor, our interest, Everything we have calls loudly to us to take our stand and maintain it.”  

Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), the founder of

Planned Parenthood.  (AP).  


Margaret Sanger (1879 – 1966), a long-time advocate for artificial birth control who supported eugenics -- selective breeding and sterilization to diminish the so-called inferior races and promote the growth of so-called superior races -- was the founder of the American Birth Control League (ABCL).

The ABCL eventually was merged with another group, the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau, in 1939, and was renamed the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) in 1942.  In 1952, Sanger helped found the International Planned Parenthood Federation and served as its first president until 1959.

Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provider.  According to its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions in 2013-14 and the organization received $528.4 million in taxpayer funding through “government health service grants and reimbursements.”  

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