If You Think Margaret Sanger is Bad, Meet Marie Stopes


It’s easy to think of Marie Stopes as the UK’s Margaret Sanger and that’s correct up to a point. The difference is that while Sanger remained at least somewhat vague about her thoughts on using eugenics to wipe out ethnic minorities and the disabled, even though she focused much of her early “attentions” on Jews and Italians, then considered the unfit races of the day, and spoke glowingly of eugenics, Marie Stopes was a version of her who never saw a need for restraint.

How much worse was Marie Stopes than Margaret Sanger? Marie Stopes sent one of her books to Hitler with a personal note and wrote poems like these, “Catholics, Prussians, The Jews and the Russians, Are all a curse, Or something worse.”

Stopes was rather obsessed with sterilizing those she considered “unfit”. And what made a man or woman, “unfit”? Wearing glasses would do it. And she disinherited her son because he married a woman who wore glasses, or as she put it.

“I have the horror of our line being so contaminated and little children with the misery of glasses… Mary and Harry (her son) are quite callous about both the wrong to their children, the wrong to my family and the eugenic crime.”

Now with all that you would assume that Marie Stopes has long ago been buried away in some obscure corner of history, only to be occasionally dug up by right wing provocateurs looking to denounce a woman who no longer matters. And you would almost be correct, except for the part where the Marie Stopes Society functions like Planned Parenthood in the UK and abroad.

Marie Stopes International has 629 centers around the world from New Guinea to Pakistan, Mexico, Ghana and Washington D.C. None of them however will bother to explain who Marie Stopes was.

  • phil

    are you against the aims of the planned parenthood campaign? I understood this to be about freedom of choice for women. Perhaps I am wrong. Are you against the aims and functions of the 629 centres or just offended by their name?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Phil,

      Respond to this first please:

      Marie Stopes sent one of her books to Hitler with a personal note and wrote poems like these, “Catholics, Prussians, The Jews and the Russians, Are all a curse, Or something worse.”

      Stopes was rather obsessed with sterilizing those she considered “unfit”. And what made a man or woman, “unfit”? Wearing glasses would do it. And she disinherited her son because he married a woman who wore glasses, or as she put it.

      “I have the horror of our line being so contaminated and little children with the misery of glasses… Mary and Harry (her son) are quite callous about both the wrong to their children, the wrong to my family and the eugenic crime.”

  • guest

    What ARE the aims of Planned Parenthood? They make a fortune from elective abortions and have many, if not most, of their abortion mills in minority neighborhoods. Have their "aims" changed or they still following in the footsteps of Sanger and Stopes?

  • phil

    So what is this debate about ? Racism, abortion, freedom of choice for some women but not others? I am now quite confused.

    • guest

      Planned Parenthood is not about freedom of choice. If so, they would not object to sonograms letting women see their babies before deciding to kill them. PPH is about eugenics. They are reducing minority population through abortion. Nearly 5 times as many black babies are aborted than white babies as a percentage of their populations. This is an accident.

    • seby andrew

      You are obfuscating. Imagine …..you attempting to take the moral high ground.

  • judahlevi

    "Planned Parenthood", a misnomer if there ever was one, is about abortion-on-demand or abortion as a form of birth control. They don't plan "parenthood", they plan the deliberate destruction of human babies in the womb. As with many progressive or liberal darlings, they use the "1984" dictionary for describing their activities – war is peace, etc.

  • JoanGhali

    Abortion is Murder…Abortion is Uncivilized…..Abortion is Babaric…..a species who ' kills their young' are not truly Civilized….Abortion destroys Women and Kills Babies….say 'NO' to Abortion and Marie Stopes ' so- called Clinics'…Choose good over evil…Choose Life…Precious Life !

  • JoanGhali

    Every Precious Baby deserves the GOD given 'Right to LIFE'…Support Women and Babies…say 'NO' to Abortion…choose LIFE !

  • Sarah

    Every baby is precious, and abortion is very sad when it musy happen, but it is within the legal right of a women to control what goes on in her own body. I hope I don't get hated on for saying it, as I respect and understand the views of the pro life side of this argument. Perhaps more black children are aborted every year because blacks tend to be in a lower socioeconomic class than whites (not being racist, that's how it is) and the individual family dicided that they cannot afford another child. And what about the abortions that take place due to medical concerns of the mother or child? That's why I believe abortion should be legal.