Upon Accepting THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION OF AMERICA MARGARET SANGER AWARD
In 1966, Planned Parenthood Federation of America inaugurated the PPFA Margaret Sanger Award to honor the woman who founded America's family planning movement. The PPFA Margaret Sanger Award is given annually to individuals of distinction in recognition of excellence and leadership in furthering reproductive health and reproductive rights.
In its first year, the award was bestowed upon four men:
Dr. Carl G. Hartman, for "his singular contribution to human knowledge of the reproductive processes."
General William H. Draper Jr., for "his singular contribution during the past decade to the mobilization of public awareness and government action to resolve the world population crisis."
President Lyndon Baines Johnson, for "his vigorous and farsighted leadership in bringing the United States government to enunciate and implement an affirmative, effective population policy at home and abroad."
The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., for "his courageous resistance to bigotry and his lifelong dedication to the advancement of social justice and human dignity."
Dr. King's award was presented on May 5, 1966. The citation read:
"This award is presented to the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., for his courageous resistance to bigotry and his lifelong dedication to the advancement of social justice and human dignity."
[TBC: It is certainly ironic that Planned Parenthood would have accorded such honors to Dr. Martin Luther King, especially since the organization is rooted in racism (racism and modern eugenics often traveling comfortably together). Consider the following quote: "The modern day abortion rights movement began as the American Birth Control League in 1921. Among its founding board members were Margaret Sanger, Lothrup Stoddard, and C. C. Little. The latter two people were known for their racist views, but Margaret Sanger continually shows up in the company of other racists. In fact, she was the guest speaker at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Silverlake, N. J. in 1926" (Peterson, "Abortion - a Liberal Cause?" - Emily Taft Douglas, Margaret Sanger; Pioneer of the Future, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, N.Y., 1970, p. 192). To this day, Planned Parenthood works overtime to deny Sanger's beliefs, but the evidence speaks all too clearly.]