Planned Parenthood Founder: 'Greatest Bringing Children Into the World That Have Disease'

By Zachary Leshin | August 31, 2015 | 4:19 PM EDT

Journalist Mike Wallace interviews Planned Parenthood founder

Margaret Sanger in 1957.   (Screenshot/YouTube)


( -- In a 1957 interview with journalist Mike Wallace, eugenicist and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger said the “greatest sin” was to bring children into the world who “have disease” passed on to them from their parents.

Sanger made her remarks on the Sept. 21, 1957 edition of The Mike Wallace Interview, which aired on ABC.

During the interview, Wallace asked Sanger, “Do you believe in sin? And when I say believe, I don’t mean believe in committing sin -- do you believe there is such a thing as sin?”

Sanger said, “Well, I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically -- delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things, just marked when they’re born. That, to me, is the greatest sin that people can commit.”

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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