Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image


Abortion Tax About To Become Law, Americans United for Life, Protecting Life In Law

December 31, 2009 | By | No Comments


Cash for KidsDon’t Like Abortion?

Don’t Have One.

Pro-Choice Bumper Sticker

Like abortion or not, soon we may all have to pay for them.

Down baby?

“It’s Girl, but I want a boy.”

Bad Hair Day?

Whatever the reason abortion is legal.

Now Pro-Lifers will fund abortions. (A simple follow-on tax: we already fund Planned Parenthood offices with our tax dollars.)

Charmaine sends this along,

Dear Friend of Life,

They did it. On Christmas Eve, the Senate pushed through the largest expansion of federally-funded abortion since Roe v. Wade. This reckless bill will subsidize insurance plans that cover elective abortions – and your tax dollars will be paying for it.

Americans United for Life is fighting back against taxpayer-funded abortions. Will you stand with us against Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Planned Parenthood by making a year-end, tax-deductible contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more?

The taking of innocent life is indefensible, and now they want to force you to pay for it. Your tax dollars should never be used to pay for abortions.

For the first time in history, this irresponsible bill actually imposes a mandatory abortion tax on unwilling Americans. Even if you never intend to have an abortion, this bill forces you to pay for elective abortion coverage with your tax dollars! However there is still time to prevent this tragedy.

Please help us fight back against taxpayer-funded abortions with an urgently needed year-end, tax-deductible contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more. I’m counting on your financial support so we can continue our life-saving work today.

We urgently need you to stand with us and the millions of pro-life Americans who will be funding abortions every time we pay our federal income taxes. The pro-abortion forces and their supporters in Congress have been emboldened by this government takeover of health care. They are rolling back decades of pro-life law and will not stop. As we enter the New Year, we will continue to stand for the cause of life and against these pro-abortion forces that are on the march.

Yours for Life,

For Life,


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Americans United for Life

P.S. This is your last chance to make a year-end, tax-deductible contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more. Every dollar of your generous donation is 100% tax-deductible.

With your support, we’ll continue working to ensure that your tax dollars are never used to pay for abortions.

655 15th St NW | Ste 410 | Washington, DC 20005

310 S Peoria Street | Ste 500 | Chicago, IL 60607


Thank you (foot)notes:

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

Tell NARAL How Abortion Harms Women

December 28, 2009 | By | No Comments


Cash for KidsOur liberal friends at the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) want women’s stories on abortion. Click here to read their abortion agenda and click here to tell your story.

I did. Our first child miscarried (spontaneous “abortion”). Charmaine and I were a mess. We cannot image how much an elective abortion would hurt.

Many women who choose abortion — and even those who don’t — will remember the “birthday” of the aborted baby. And pain of abortion choice torments for decades.

Abortion hurts the woman and her baby.


Charmaine sends this note along to the good-guys.

Dear Friend of Life,

Congress is on the verge of authorizing the greatest single expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade – and your tax dollars will be paying for it.

For years, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and their pro-abortion allies have been quietly developing a formidable grassroots army. In its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood’s Action Network claims to have recruited “more than 200,000 new supporters,” with “affiliates [that] reach every corner of America.” Planned Parenthood has also been amassing a considerable “war chest” to spread its pro-abortion message to vulnerable Americans. Last year, it reported a $1 billion budget and a profit of $85 million!

Americans United for Life cannot hope to raise that kind of money within the next few months, but we do need to raise enough to get our life-saving message out to the public. Will you help us ramp up our year-end efforts with your generous tax-deductible contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more to Americans United for Life?

I recently looked at Planned Parenthood’s annual report and financial summary – and you wouldn’t believe what I saw. In 2007, Planned Parenthood-affiliated “health centers” provided 305,310 abortions – but only 4,912 adoption referrals! It’s not hard to figure out where Planned Parenthood’s priorities lie. Make no mistake about it – the pro-abortion movement is an aggressive army, and it is on the march across the nation.

Americans United for Life needs significant funds to combat this pro-abortion momentum. Will you help us ramp up our year-end fight with your tax-deductible contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more to Americans United for Life?

For Life,


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Americans United for Life

P.S. Every dollar of your year-end contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more is 100% tax-deductible. Your tax dollars should never pay for abortions, and it is only thanks to your financial support that we are able to continue to defend human life every single day. Thank you for your investment in life.

Washington, DC: 655 15th St NW | Ste 410 | Washington, DC 20005

Chicago: 310 S Peoria Street | Ste 500 | Chicago, IL 60607


Thank you (foot)notes:

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

NARAL is a marketing machine. Alert Readers will remember that NARAL was known once as the National ABORTION Rights Action League. “ABORTION” does not sell. This follows the example of KFC. Where Kentucky FRIED Chicken decided to minimize “FRIED.”

“Abortion” and “Fried.” Neither are good for people…

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

Insurance and Pre-Existing Conditions

December 24, 2009 | By | No Comments

Merry Christmas.


Politically Incorrect. At the Yoest house this morning we are getting reading for the health care vote — getting ready to watch government run amuck.

The Senators are advancing the health care bill that covers pre-existing conditions. This is not insurance.

Insurance is the management and calculating for risk. Covering and paying for pre-existing conditions is not insurance — it is charity. Once an adverse health condition is known there is no risk to manage and insurance companies do not need to be involved. The care of the currently sick is the job of health care providers and can be paid and provided for by philanthropy.

Not the insurance companies. Not the taxpayer.

To be precise, if ObamaCare demands to cover pre-existing conditions, then Pelosi-Reid should should remove insurance companies as middle man and force the taxpayers to fund the unfortunate, unwilling and unknowing directly. But.

But this would be charity. Such philanthropy is not the purpose of government. Charity is a test of the human heart — not government coercion. And worse:

The Senate will force taxpayers to pay for abortions through insurance companies — pre-existing or not.

The Senate has confused Health Insurance with Health Care.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Americans United for Life does not take a position on insurance or the insurance industry. AUL is a law firm concerned with protecting Life-at conception, abortion and rights of conscience. AUL and AUL Action opposes abortion and its public funding as written in the Senate’s current proposed legislation. The opinion here is from Jack Yoest and no other.

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

Healthcare Vote and Christmas Wishes from Americans United for Life

December 24, 2009 | By | No Comments


The Yoest family at

the Supreme Court in DC

Charmaine sends this note along,

Dear Friend of Life,

I wanted to take a break from public policy and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

And yet, even as I write this, the television in my office is tuned to C-SPAN as pro-abortion Senators stand on the Senate floor – Senator Patty Murray just finished and now Senator Al Franken is beginning – two days before Christmas, they are arguing for the passage of the greatest single expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. It’s simply breathtaking.

My family had dinner last night with my brother and his family, who are here from Alabama to celebrate Christmas with us. Yesterday was also his birthday. As we ate birthday cake, we talked about the strong pull everyone feels to break away and just have Christmas.

But tomorrow morning at 8 am, on Christmas Eve, the Senate will vote. We are paying attention because we must. This is an historic moment and we are honored to be a part of the Life movement that is working to stop this tragedy.

I want to thank you. Frankly, I thought Senator Reid’s strategy to push this legislation through at Christmas-time was appalling, but shrewd. Pro-life Americans are rightly paying attention to family and friends and sacred traditions this week. But you’ve also taken the time to stand with us against this pro-abortion bill.

Thank you!

I also want to thank the AUL team. They’ve been putting in long hours – our legal team worked through the weekend to analyze Senator Reid’s amendment. Their analysis documented that the “compromise” worked out with Senator Nelson actually established the first-ever mandatory abortion tax. Our communications team has been working to get the word out – releasing a statement immediately after the 1 AM vote Monday morning. . . and our database guru, Stanley Bao, is working hard today to get this message to you. I’m privileged to work with a team of people so dedicated to the mission of defending life.

Last weekend, as Reid filed his amendment, it seemed as if even the heavens had opened up in protest, as a blizzard socked in the Nation’s Capital. Dedicated pro-life Hill staffers slept on cots and sofas in their offices over the weekend to work against this unprecedented expansion of abortion.

Having a Christmas blizzard reminded me of the classic story of General George Washington’s Christmas prayer at Valley Forge. In December of 1777, Washington moved the Continental Army to Valley Forge in order to try to survive the hard winter. You know the story I’m sure: the winter was so desperate and conditions so severe, that of the 12,000 men who began that encampment with Washington, 2,000 did not survive.

There is a story that General Washington was observed at prayer, alone in the woods that Christmas, and a famous painting depicting that scene is now hanging on display at Mount Vernon.

While we may never know the exact details of that prayer, this much is beyond dispute: Washington and his men remained faithful to their cause throughout that long winter. They endured, even when a path to victory was unclear and the future appeared hopeless.

May we too stand firm in the great calling of our time: Defending Life.

Merry Christmas, friends.


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Washington, DC: 655 15th St NW, Ste. 410 | Washington, DC 20005

Chicago: 310 S. Peoria Street, Ste. 500 | Chicago, IL 60607

Please support Americans United for Life.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

Americans United for Life Offers Urgent Legal Briefing for Senator Nelson

December 23, 2009 | By | No Comments


Merry Christmas. Charmaine with Jack and

The Penta-Posse in her DC office

Senator Ben Nelson (D) of Nebraska doesn’t seem to fully understand that your tax dollars will go into the US Treasury and can come out as abortions.

Senator Dr. Tom Coburn noted an analogy: Just as taxpayer dollars go into the Treasury and come out as Social Security, all taxpayer funds are co-mingled and fungible.

To help clarify the cash flow, Charmaine sent this letter to Senator Nelson

Americans United for Life Offers Urgent Legal Briefing for Senator Nelson

AUL Legal Team Documents Reveal Details on Mandatory Abortion Tax

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — At 4:45 pm today on the floor of the United States Senate, Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska made the following statement:

“…even though they [pro-life advocates] cannot constructively point out how it doesn’t prohibit the use of federal funds or wall off those funds or keep them totally segregated. They just didn’t like the language…”

As a result of this statement, Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life, directed her legal team to contact the Senator’s office and offer to provide an urgent briefing to clarify the facts about abortion provisions in the bill. In addition, she has issued this statement:

Senator Nelson has a strong, consistent pro-life voting record, and his vote for the manager’s amendment was a surprise to all of us.

We have contacted his office and have offered to send our top legal team to fully brief him as soon as he has an opportunity. I believe it is absolutely critical that Senator Nelson has all of the facts before he casts his final vote on Christmas Eve.

The facts demonstrate that this bill will create the largest single expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade and impose a first-ever abortion tax on the American people.

As of this posting, Nelson’s office has not agreed to meet with the AUL legal eagles, standing by even over these Christmas holidays. The Senator has been a bit busy with constituent concerns.



Thank you (foot)notes:

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Michelle Malkin has More Nebraska voters call out Cornhuckster Ben Nelson

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

The Abortion Tax: Pay It Or To Jail

December 22, 2009 | By | No Comments


Charmaine and Jack

on the DC Mall marching for

Life summer 1990

Years from now your children’s children will gather at your feet as you sit in your rocker by the fire.

“Grandpa,” They will ask, “What did you do in the abortion wars?”

You will look off, with a small smile, “I fought for Life…”


Charmaine sends this along to some 500,000 of her closest friends. If you wish to join this small, intimate tribe of pro-life warriors in the abortion war sign-up here. Americans United for Life is the legal arm of the pro-life movement.

New Senate “Deal” = a $12 Abortion Tax on Unwilling Americans

Dear Friend,

It was just after 1 AM this morning when the US Senate voted to proceed with a massive takeover of health care that will result in a new mandatory ‘abortion tax’ on people across America.

As you may know, the new health care bill will create new government “exchanges” where individuals and employers can shop for health care plans. Many of these plans will cover abortions and those plans will be subsidized with taxpayer funds for the first time in American history.

This will create the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade, and you will be forced to pay for it.

So what’s next? There will be a series of votes on this bill over the next several days culminating with a final vote expected at about 7pm on Christmas Eve. Please continue to call or email your Senators about this health care bill. Since many of them will be in your home state during the next week, a personal visit would be even better.

Remember, even if the Senate does pass the bill on Christmas Eve, the fight isn’t over yet.

After the first of the year, the Senate and House will have to go to conference committee and work out the differences between the two different bills each chamber has passed. Once a final version is produced, it must be passed again in both the House and Senate before it can go to the President’s desk for signature. Click here to get the details.

We will draw a final line in the sand, and together we can still defeat this bill.

Like you, for weeks now I’ve been looking forward to spending these next few days with my husband Jack, our five children, and many other family members. But we will not stand aside while the fight for life continues. Thank you for everything you have done so far and for standing with us in the days ahead.



Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

President & CEO

P.S. Pro-abortion special interests and their members of Congress are rolling back pro-life laws that have been in place for decades! Americans United for Life needs the resources to combat the pro-abortion forces in the coming weeks and months. Please make your tax deductible contribution now before the end of the year by following this link. It is only thanks to your financial support we are able to continue to defend human life every single day. Thank you for your partnership.

Washington, DC: 655 15th St NW, Ste. 410 | Washington, DC 20005

Chicago: 310 S. Peoria Street, Ste. 500 | Chicago, IL 60607


Thank you (foot)notes:

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

Splitting the Baby in Half? Americans United for Life Statement on Cloture

December 21, 2009 | By | No Comments

You’d think there’d be parking in Your Nation’s Capital in the dead of night.

You’d be wrong.

16 inches of snow and the Senate vote forced Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine into an unconventional parking spot for our Monster SUV with its enormous (carbon) footprint.

No. Every Senate Staffer worked all weekend and not because the DC snowplowpersons buried their cars.

(If the boss is working, the staff better be working. More than just business etiquette.)

So. Senate rules allow for 30 hours of debate from dropped bill to vote taking. 30 hours was up at 1am last night. Reid got his speedy vote on health care reform. They broke it. They bought it.

The baby is split.

Both Americans United for Life and Planned Parenthood now oppose ObamaCare.

What makes for such strange, well, bedfellows?

Our liberal pro-choice friends want abortion at any time, for any reason, at an everyday low price, funded by tax payers.

Conservative pro-lifers do not want any tax dollars to pay for abortion. As well as that other stuff; like the science that life begins at conception…

Both sides are unhappy with the bill. This is not a reason for our legislators to be happy.

Yes, some cynics– ok, me– suggest that pro-choice Planned Parenthood is not genuinely against ObamaCare. Liberals are planning to hang the abortion ornament on the healthcare Christmas tree on later laps. The Alert Reader will note that AUL had a statement up immediately after the vote. Planned Parenthood, as of this writing, has not updated there website.

The Senate Democrats have proved that they are indeed, the Party of Death. Let us work to show that the House Democrats are not.


This is how bad the Senate Democrats miscalculated: An Alert Reader sends this last night,

I was not for Huckabee last year, but watching him in Nebraska, [home of Nelson(D)] I would definitely like to vote for him in 2012. Merry Christmas!

Conservatives, who outnumber liberals 2 to 1 are now mad and mobilized. And so are pro-choicers. Planned Parenthood and Huckabee are surely planning joint appearances.

Charmaine_Yoest_aul_pub_shot_2009.jpgHere is Charmaine’s statement, 60 Senators Just Made History…

60 U.S. Senators just made history by voting to move forward with a bill that imposes a first-ever mandatory abortion tax on the American people.

Majority Leader Reid held this vote in the middle of the night because he knows that the vast majority of Americans don’t want this new tax and don’t want tax dollars bankrolling insurance plans that cover abortion.

A ‘yes’ vote is a solid ‘yes’ to the expansion of federal funding for abortion.

We will be making this tragic decision clear to those constituents who have been misinformed that their Senator is pro-life.

ObamaCare cloture is not something that a Solomon would do.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

WebCast Debrief & Audio File

December 18, 2009 | By | No Comments

Some 26,000 good-guys registered to listen to the WebCast that was conducted this past Tuesday night in Charmaine’s offices at Americans United for Life.

Following is the follow-up letter from the Stop the Abortion Mandate coalition.

webcast_15-Dec-2009_group_presenters.jpg Webcast presenters: L to R Tony Perkins, Family Research Council; Wendy Wright, Concerned Women for America; Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life; David Bereit, 40 Days for Life; Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List; and Douglas Johnson, National Right to Life.

Photo Credit: Hannah Yoest

“Help stop the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade…”

Listen to the recording of the URGENT nationwide webcast to prevent Washington D.C. bureaucrats and abortion industry lobbyists from using GOVERNMENT FUNDS to pay for abortions and bailout the failing abortion industry!

Despite the fact that most Americans do NOT want our government to pay for abortion with their money, the Senate caved in to pressure from Planned Parenthood and abortion industry lobbyists.

The Senate health care bill — if passed into law — will result in a MASSIVE government-funded bailout of the abortion industry — and the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade!

To respond swiftly to this crisis, the 70+ pro-life and pro-family organizations that make up the Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition joined together on Tuesday, December 15, for a huge nationwide webcast, featuring a panel of expert presenters:

Webcast presenters: Tony Perkins, Wendy Wright, Kristan Hawkins, David Bereit, Charmaine Yoest, Marjorie Dannenfelser, and Douglas Johnson

The entire webcast event was recorded, and as you listen to the audio, you will discover:

* The LATEST UPDATES straight from our nation’s capital…

* The shocking implications of the bill that the abortion industry is trying to ram through the United States Senate RIGHT NOW…

* Why respected leaders, national organizations, and pro-life people are joining together in record numbers to BLOCK this attempted power-grab…

* How YOU can make a difference at this crucial moment…

Listen now — click here

Download MP3 file here

Dispel the Myth

The Stupak-Pitts Amendment (see the actual language here) which passed in U.S. House of Representatives verison of health care reform ensures that government money will not be used to fund abortions. The Stupak Amendment clearly maintains the current status quo keeping in line with the already in-place Hyde Amendment. However, some are falsely saying that that the Stupak Amendment goes beyond Hyde. Check out our chart below which compares Stupak to Hyde and read this op-ed by the Con. Bart Stupak on what exactly his amendment does.


Stupak vs Hyde Chart

For more info, see Americans United for Life blog.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

Stop the Abortion Mandate: WebCast Tonight, Free

December 15, 2009 | By | No Comments

webcast_15-Dec-2009.jpgCharmaine is hosting the Stop The Abortion Mandate WebCast from her offices in Your Nation’s Capital across from the Treasury building.

Interesting venue. The US Treasury is where our tax dollars will flow into – and out of – to pay for abortions under ObamaCare. Register and listen in tonight.


Obama’s Cash for Kids Program Abortion is horror enough. Now we have to pay for it. Cash for Kids.

Even Pro-Choice liberals don’t care for this…

Charmaine’s letter follows.


Dear Friend,

We desperately need your help as the U.S. Senate moves on pro-abortion health care legislation, so please join us for a Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition live audiocast roundtable – Tuesday night, December 15th at 9 p.m. ET – to find out what you can do to take action on this urgent issue.


WHAT: Stop the Abortion Mandate Urgent Audiocast

TIME: 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific

Register now at:

Expert presenters include:

CHARMAINE YOEST, Americans United for Life


TONY PERKINS, Family Research Council

KRISTAN HAWKINS, Students for Life of America

DOUGLAS JOHNSON, National Right to Life Committee

KRISTEN DAY, Democrats for Life

WENDY WRIGHT, Concerned Women for America

DAVID BEREIT, 40 Days for Life


The LATEST UPDATES on abortion and its inclusion in the Senate health care


What’s at stake if the abortion industry successfully pushes their agenda through passage of this pro-abortion bill…

What you can do SPECIFICALLY to help us BLOCK this NOW.

We hope you can join us. Thank you for helping defend life!

For Life,


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

President & CEO

P.S. Even if you can’t participate in this live audiocast, you can contact Congress today by clicking here and call your Senator at (202) 224-3121.

P.S.S. Please forward this email to at least one friend.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

09 Dec


Margaret Sanger, Quotes from The Pivot of Civilization

December 9, 2009 | By |


Margaret Sanger has become a parody

of feminism and Planned Parenthood,

“I accepted an invitation to talk

to the women’s branch

of the Ku Klux Klan” from her Autobiography

Authenticity of photo not verified

We prefer the policy of immediate sterilization… p 35

“[O]rganized…charity…reveals…a defect. [Where] organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease.” p. 38.

The theme of The Pivot of Civilization is summed in Margaret Sanger’s fifth chapter, “The Cruelty of Charity.” p.37. A “debauch of sentimentalism…” p.38.

“[S]chools for the blind, deaf and mute…our eyes should be opened to the terrific cost …of this dead weight of human waste.” p. 39.


The Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger was published by Brentano’s, New York, in 1922. The introduction was graciously provided by H. G. Wells, one of Sanger’s numerous sex partners.

The Dedication is written by another lover, Havelock Ellis.

“This book['s]…central challenge is that civilization is based upon the control…of Sex.” Sex is capitalized in the original. p. 1.

Later Sanger expands the challenge to “Hunger and Sex.” Capitalizations in original. p.1.

Sanger gushes of “…women fired with the glorious vision of a new world…emancipated…a Utopian world,– it glowed in romantic colors…” p. 2.

Margaret Sanger “was driven to ask whether this urging power of sex [not capitalized this time]…was not…responsible…for the widespread misery of our world.” p. 3.

“…Civilization could not solve the problem of Hunger until it recognized the titanic strength of the sexual instinct.” p. 3.

Sanger quotes Lecky, “The greatest of all evils in politics is power without control.” p. 5.

Sanger enjoyed the endorsement of “The neo-Malthusian movement in Great Britain [who] came to our support.” p. 5.

Sanger tells us that “Official moralists” are responsible for the presence of “the moron and the imbecile…” p. 6.

“The lack of balance between the birth-rate of the “unfit” and the “fit,”…the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. The… inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken, [present the need] to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.” p. 9.

This menace demands action, “Possibly drastic and Spartan methods may be forced upon American society if it continues complacently to encourage the chance and chaotic breeding that has resulted from our stupid, cruel sentimentalism.” p. 9.

This is Sanger’s religion and gives us her book title-theme, “To effect the salvation of the generations of the future…[for] the formation of a code of sexual ethics…[where] we shall best be serving the pivotal interests of civilization.” p. 9.

“We must temper our emotion and enthusiasm with the impersonal determination of science.” p. 9. Except, perhaps, if science contradicts abortion as Cecile Richards, current president of Planned Parenthood, demands.

Margaret Sanger has an odd definition of Motherhood. It is not a calling. It is not fulfillment of womanhood. It is not joy. “Motherhood, which is not only the oldest but the most important profession…has received few of the benefits of civilization.” p. 10. Indeed Sanger believes that Motherhood is little different from the other “oldest profession” as commonly understood. (See “[P]rostitution legalized by the marriage ceremony.” Woman and the New Race p.112)

Sanger seemingly longs for an ancient, simpler age where, “[P]rimative tribes were rude enough and severe enough to prevent the unhealthy growth of sentimentality, and to discourage the irresponsible production of defective children…[the] results of uncontrolled breeding” p. 10-11.

Much like her modern liberal sisters, Margaret Sanger has a dark interpretation of woman and child. “One searches in vain for some picture of sacred motherhood…[where] chance parenthood [causes] the great social problems of feeble-mindedness, crime and syphilis…[birthed by] slaved-mothers ” p. 12-13.

Sanger was an active supporter of the junk-science of eugenics in the early 1900′s. “[T]he Galton Laboratory for Great Britain, show[ed that] an abnormally high rate of fertility is usually associated with poverty, filth, disease, feeblemindedness and a high infant mortality rate.” p. 16.

Margaret Sanger does not want the government nor philanthropies nor charities to “[A]ssume the responsibility of keeping your [unplanned] babies alive….They tacitly assume that all parenthood is desirable, that all children should be born, and that infant mortality can be controlled by external aid.” p.17.

Sanger sets the stage for the abortion and infanticide debate in our time, “In truth, unfortunate babies who depart [die] during their first twelve months are more fortunate in many respects than those who survive to undergo punishment for their parents’ cruel ignorance and complacent fecundity [the ability to reproduce].” p. 18.

Margaret Sanger, working with the unions, wanted fewer children to keep labor wages high and to keep children out of the labor market. “[C]heap childhood is the inevitable result of chance parenthood. Child labor is organically bound up with the problem of uncontrolled breeding and the large family.” p. 19.

Sanger writes of the “[P]ure American stock” uninfected by immigrant genes. p. 23.

Parents are the epitome of, “[S]inister selfishness…who bring babies into the world to become child-slaves.” p. 23.

The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, quotes approvingly of the National Child Labor Committee, that writes, “It is not only through the lowered power, the stunting and the moral degeneration of its individual members, but in actual expense, through the necessary provision for the human junk, created by…charitable organizations.” p. 24 [Emphasis mine. Quote is attributed to the National Child Labor Committee by Sanger.]

Sanger knew that family size limitation needed the authority figures of physicians and African-American clergy to implement an incremental strategy to stop the “imbeciles” and “Negros” from having children. Here Sanger seems to advocate abortion, not merely contraception,

There is but one practical and feasible program in handling the great problem of the feeble-minded. That is, as the best authorities are agreed [medical doctors], to prevent the birth of those who would transmit imbecility to their descendants…Modern conditions of civilization…furnish the most favorable breeding-ground for the mental defective, the moron, the imbecile. p. 28

“[T]he progress of civilization and of human expression has been hindered and held back by this burden of the imbecile and the moron.” p. 32.

“[T]he menace of the moron…” is harmful also because, “[T]here is a point at which philanthropy may become positively dysgenic [or cacogenics -- the study of factors producing the...perpetuation of defective... genes and traits in offspring], when charity is converted into injustice to the self-supporting citizen, into positive injury to the future of the race.” p. 34

Here sums the Margaret Sanger world view and her course of action,

The emergency problem of segregation and sterilization must be face immediately. Every feeble-minded girl or woman of the hereditary type, especially of the moron class, should be segregated during the reproductive period. Otherwise, she is almost certain to bear imbecile children, who in turn are just as certain to breed other defectives…p. 35

The Sanger final solution,

[W]hen we realize that each feeble-minded person is a potential source of an endless progeny, we prefer the policy of immediate sterilization, of making sure that parenthood [planned or not] is absolutely prohibited to the feeble-minded. p. 35

“Eugenics seems to me to be valuable in its…diagnostic aspects…seeking to re-establish the dominance of the healthy strain over the unhealthy…over the unfit [retarded]” p. 36

Chapter V is entitled, “The Cruelty of Charity,” p.37. Margaret Sanger begins the chapter with an approving quote from Herbert Spencer,

Fostering the good-for-nothing at the expense of the good is extreme cruelty. It is a deliberate storing up of miseries for future generations. There is no greater curse to prosperity than that of bequeathing them an increasing population of imbeciles.

“[O]rganized…charity…reveals…a defect. [Where] organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease.” Margaret Sanger continues,

Those vast, complex, interrelated organizations aiming to control and to diminish the spread of misery and destitution and all the menacing evils that spring out of this sinisterly fertile soil, are the surest sign that our civilization has bred, is breeding and is perpetuating constantly increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents and dependents. My criticism, therefore, is not directed at the “failure” of philanthropy, but rather at its success. p. 38.

“These dangers…in…humanitarianism…produce their full harvest of human waste…[by] the Salvation Army [and its] debauch of sentimentalism…” p.38.

This debauchery includes, “[S]chools for the blind, deaf and mute…our eyes should be opened to the terrific cost …of this dead weight of human waste.” p. 39.

“Such “benevolence”… conceals a stupid cruelty…” p. 40.

And “The most serious charge that can be brought against modern “benevolence” is that it encourages the perpetuation of defectives, delinquents and dependents.” p. 43.

“[T]oday’s disorder and danger…is fundamentally a sexual problem.” p. 45.

“[S]entimental charities, which sprang up like mushrooms, only tended to increase the evils of discriminant breeding.” p. 46.

“Eugenic thus aims to seek out the root of our trouble…cleaning itself of inherent defects…hereditable taints…feeble-minded…breeding an ever-increasing army of under-sized, stuntedand dehumanized slaves…” p. 61.

Margaret Sanger believes that eugenics is necessary to stop, “Insanity, criminality and tuberculosis…” p. 63.

So how does Margaret Sanger want society stop this? “The…feeble-minded…should be…prevented from propagating their kind.” p. 63.

Sanger tells us, “We want, most of all, genius.” p. 64.

But, “Eugenics is chiefly valuable in its negative aspects.” p. 65.

“Eugenics…[with] clear thinking [will provide] the means to racial health.” p. 66.

“[R]ational selection must take the place of natural selection…” p. 71.

Margaret Sanger demands to stop “[T]he hypocrisy of the well-to-do, who are willing to contribute generously to charities and philosophies, who spend thousands annually in the upkeep and sustenance of the delinquent, the defective and the dependent…” p.73.

Margaret Sanger gives voice to the modern pro-abortion feminist, “Woman’s power can only be expressed …when she refuses the task of bringing unwanted children into the world…” p. 73.

Margaret Sanger provides marriage counseling, “More marriages fail from inadequate and clumsy sex love than from too much sex love.” p. 75.

New Age religion is not new. Margaret Sanger is a foremother to Shirley MacLaine. We need not look to “the illusion of some extra-terrestrial Heaven.” No, “The Kingdom of Heaven is in a very definite sense within us.”

Sanger opens Chapter X: Science the Ally begins by quoting Robert G. Ingersoll,

“Science must make woman the owner, the mistress of herself. Science [is] the only possible savior of mankind.” p. 78.

Margaret Sanger wants to, “Remove the moral taboos…[and] free the individual from the slavery of tradition.” p. 82.

“Our approach opens to us a fresh scale of values… [that] frees the mind of sexual prejudice and taboo.” p. 86.

Margaret Sanger says that people should all, “[A]wakened to the realization that the source of life, of happiness, is to be found not outside themselves, but within…” p. 94.

“Our great problem is… to remodel the race…” p. 95.

Margaret Sanger displays little empathy,

Every single case of inherited defect, every malformed child, every congenitally tainted human being brought into this world is of infinite importance to that poor individual; but it is of scarcely less importance to the rest of us and to all of our children who must pay in one way or another for these biological and racial mistakes. p.96.

Sanger has a spiritual mission and concludes in the same God-less, New Age religion reference as in her book Woman and the New Race, “[H]ere close at hand is our paradise…our Heavenly and our eternity…we must seek the secret of eternal life.” p. 97


Thank you (foot)notes:

[Update] The “progressive” philosophy of Margaret Sanger continues to this day. Alert (liberal) Reader milo9 writes, “I’m delightfully surprised that you’re wearing your greed on your sleeves [of requesting a donation to a non-profit]. Such honesty is rarely seen on the Right.” The Sanger premise that donations to charity are a misplaced greed is a tenet of the liberal mind-set.

Link photo credit to Jill Stanek and The Truth About Margaret Sanger.

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

This work of Margaret Sanger does not have a copyright. The page numbering is from The Echo Library 2006 edition, Complete text at the jump.

Jack Cashill has an outstanding review of The Pivot of Civilization in World Net Daily.

Read More