WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton both Tweeted in celebration of the 100th year of the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood on Sunday, asserting that it has empowered women to control their destinies.
Oct. 16th marked a century since the organization, founded by feminist and eugenics supporter Margaret Sanger, first opened its doors.
“For a century, Planned Parenthood has made it possible for women to determine their own lives. Here’s to another #100YearsStrong,” Obama Tweeted, generating 87,000 likes.
His words were re-Tweeted by Clinton, who also wrote, “From birth control to cancer screenings, Planned Parenthood has provided care for millions. That’s worth celebrating—and protecting.”
She likewise shared a post by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, who cheered Clinton for working for personal “autonomy.”
“Thank you @HillaryClinton & everyone fighting for autonomy & health for all. 100 years, and we’re just getting started. #ActStrong,” Richards wrote.
In a fuller public statement recognizing the organization’s 100-year-mark, Planned Parenthood applauded what it perceived as the achievements of sending more women into the workforce and decriminalizing abortion.
“One hundred years of care, education, and activism have changed everything. Women are now half the workforce and more than half of college students. They’re CEOs, engineers, astronauts, artists, Supreme Court justices, and senators,” it said. “We’ve made incredible gains during our first century. Birth control, once out of reach, is widely available. Abortion, once a crime, is safe and legal.”
Senate Democrats made similar assertions just weeks prior in a proposed national resolution celebrating Planned Parenthood, as it contended that the organization’s services have helped to grow the economy by keeping women in the workplace instead of staying home caring for children.
“[B]reakthroughs in women’s health care, such as the legalization and expanded availability of birth control, have been named one of the biggest economic advancements for women in the past 100 years,” the resolution read. “[C]hanges in women’s access to reproductive health care have led to cultural shifts: in the United States, women are now nearly half the workforce, the sole or primary breadwinners in 40 percent of homes, and more than half of the college students.”
As previously reported, Planned Parenthood, originally known as the American Birth Control League, was founded by Margaret Sanger, a feminist who decried what she characterized as women serving as “incubators.”
“Woman’s role has been that of an incubator and little more. She has given birth to an incubated race,” she wrote in “Woman and the New Race.” “In the mass, she has brought forth quantity, not quality. The requirement of a male dominated civilization has been numbers. She has met that requirement.”
“This is the dawn. Womanhood shakes off its bondage. It asserts its right to be free. In its freedom, its thoughts turn to the race. Like begets like. We gather perfect fruit from perfect trees,” Sanger said. “The relentless efforts of reactionary authority to suppress the message of birth control and of voluntary motherhood are futile. The powers of reaction cannot now prevent the feminine spirit from breaking its bonds. ”
Sanger, who was a staunch advocate of eugenics, also made a correlation between birth control and the purification of the races, referring to those with disabilities as being “morons,” “idiots” and “imbeciles.”
“Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives,” she wrote in the aforementioned publication. “If we are to make racial progress, this development of womanhood must precede motherhood in every individual woman.”
In “The Pivot of Civilization,” Sanger said, “’Constructive’ eugenics … shows us that 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—that the wealth of individuals and of states is being diverted from the development and the progress of human expression and civilization.”
According to its annual report released at the end of December, Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions nationwide during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.