WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest abortion provider has announced that House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will receive the Margaret Sanger Award at the organization’s annual gala on March 27th.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America says that Pelosi will be speaking at the event next month, where she will be recognized for her “her leadership, excellence, and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement over the course of her career.”
“No one is more deserving of this honor than Leader Pelosi, who has fought tirelessly throughout her career to protect and expand women’s access to health care,” said Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in a news release surrounding the award.
“As the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House, Leader Pelosi recognized that women’s health is a mainstream issue impacting women and families,” she continued. “Her leadership in passing the Affordable Care Act and her ongoing commitment ensures that the promise of the law is realized for millions of women as the greatest advancement for women’s health in a generation.”
Pelosi, a Roman Catholic, will be following in the footsteps of other award recipients such as Martin Luther King Jr., Alan Guttmacher, MD, Katharine Hepburn, Bella Abzug, Justice Harry Blackmun, Dolores Huerta, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Anthony Romero.
The House Democratic Leader also received the Champion of Women’s Health Award from Planned Parenthood in 2010, which was created to applaud those that were active in working toward health care reform in the nation. Pelosi was specifically selected for the award for her opposition to the Stupak Amendment, which was meant to bar federal funds from being used for abortion in insurance plans.
But not everyone believes that the award is such an honor. The website Twitchy notes that numerous Americans have taken to Twitter since the announcement to express their concern and disgust.
“That anyone would accept an award named after a eugenicist racist like Sanger shows the depravity of the recipient,” wrote evangelist Tony Miano.
“Nancy Pelosi winning the Margaret Sanger award is kinda like Margaret Sanger winning the Nancy Pelosi award,” Tweeted officials with March for Life.
Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood in 1921, which was originally known as the American Birth Control League. She later changed the name as some found it offensive.
“We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all,” Sanger once said, who was reportedly a staunch advocate of eugenics. “The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
Sanger was also the publisher of the newspaper The Woman Rebel, which she subtitled “No Gods, no masters.”
As previously reported, Planned Parenthood performed 327,166 abortions during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.