Planned Parenthood, the world's largest abortion provider, gave House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) its highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award, last week.
Sanger is Planned Parenthood's founder, who, in the early 20th century advocated that the lower classes be sterilized.
To grow a "beautiful garden of children," you "have got to fight weeds," Sanger said.
"Nature eliminates the weeds," said Sanger, "but we turn the (lower classes and stupid people) into parasites and allow them to reproduce. [The government needs to] apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring."
In 1925, in a speech in New York, Sanger said parenthood should be legal for people who are 23 years or older and that there must be a "space out between births."
Parenthood should not be permissible if there are "subnormal children already in the family," said Sanger.
"We (must) lay all our emphasis upon stopping not only the reproduction of the unfit," Sanger said, "but upon stopping all reproduction when there is not economic means of providing proper care for those who are born in health."
Sanger believed government should decide who is "unfit and undesirable." In Sanger's article, "Birth Control: Yes or No," published in Fairplay on Sept. 20, 1919, she wrote, "The supply of defectives should be cut off at the source (i.e. birth control, sterilization etc.)... To use public funds needlessly for the care of the unfit instead of for education and opportunity for the normal is criminal stupidity."
During a speech given on Aug. 5, 1926, at Vassar College, Sanger said the United States should offer "a bonus or a yearly pension to all obviously unfit parents who allow themselves to be sterilized by harmless and scientific means. In this way the moron and the diseased would have no posterity to inherit their unhappy condition. The number of the feeble-minded would decrease and a heavy burden would be lifted from the shoulders of the fit."
Planned Parenthood clinics performed 327,166 abortions in 2012-2013.
While Nancy Pelosi received Planned Parenthood's highest award, Niagara Falls Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti won Planned Parenthood's 2009 William B. Hoyt Advocacy for Choice Award for "outstanding public commitment and integrity to the preservation of reproductive freedom and women's rights."
Grandinetti is a fourth grade teacher for the Niagara Falls School District, a district populated predominantly by low-income people, many of whom are developmentally disabled (what Sanger meant by "subnormal children" or "weeds").
In the summer of 2011, Grandinetti hosted an all-you-can eat alcohol and dance party at Wine on 3rd to raise money for Planned Parenthood. The event, called "Rockin' for Choice," had music provided by a band called "Tune Babes."
Planned Parenthood has donated to Grandinetti's past campaigns.
In giving Pelosi the Sanger award, the organization acknowledged her "outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement," said Cecile Richards, president of the organization.
Pelosi helps the organization secure $540 million in federal taxpayer dollars annually.
In the early part of the 20th century inspired in part by Sanger, 30 states legalized state-sponsored forced sterilization of those who were considered "unfit." From 1927 until 1974, Americans could be forcibly sterilized under the law of these states.
In her acceptance speech, Nancy Pelosi criticized pro-life advocates.
"When you see how closed their minds are or oblivious or whatever it is-dumb-then you know what the fight is about," Pelosi said.
From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions have taken place in the U.S.
In 2011, approximately 1.06 million abortions took place in the U.S.
Twenty-one percent of all U.S. pregnancies end in abortion.
At current rates, nearly one-third of American women will have an abortion.
The abortion rate of women with Medicaid coverage is three times as high as that of other women.
Black women are 3.7 times more likely to have an abortion than white women.
Minority women constitute about 13 percent of the female population (age 15-44) in the USA, but underwent 36 percent of the abortions. On average, 1,876 abortions are performed on black women each day in the U.S.
It has been estimated that, since 1973, black women have had 16 million abortions, or about one third of all abortions.
Since the number of blacks in the U.S. is 36 million, without abortion America's Black community would likely number more than 52 million.
The U. S. population is 317 million.
If abortions had not been legal, it is likely the U.S. population would be approaching 400 million today.
It has been estimated that developed countries need to maintain abortion rates in the range of 201-500 abortions per 1000 live births if they are to maintain growth rates at levels below one percent.
The U.S. averages 426 abortions per 1000 live births (21.3 percent).
Developing countries require more than 500 abortions to 1000 live births.