Responding to an earlier editorial in the WSJ, Planned Parenthood President & CEO Alexis McGill Johnson asserts is “callous and incorrect” this is a position not supported (as Johnson would have us believe) by “A full reading of [Margaret] Sanger’s letter,” to Dr. C.J. Gamble “about the project reveals her outlining the important role black doctors and nurses serve to calm concerns about eugenics, not to promote it.” If this were so, then why not do what Johnson doesn’t do? Simply print Sander’s letter.
Unfortunately for Johnson’s argument, Sanger’s letter to Gamble is at best ambiguous.
For example, writing about the role of the black pastor in promoting contraception she says that his “work is also important and he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach. ” Training is needed because Sanger er al “do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
Maybe it is just a poorly written letter. But as written it suggests Sanger sought to conceal her eugenic intention rather than clearly rejection it.