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Margaret Sanger Interview, 1957

— Posted by John (July 8, 2008 at 2:54 pm)

Check out this eye-opening interview of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger conducted by Mike Wallace in 1957.

Here’s an excerpt:

WALLACE: What are your religious beliefs, Mrs. Sanger? Do you believe in God in the sense of a Divine Being — who rewards or punishes people after death?

SANGER: Well, I have a different attitude about–the divine–I feel that we have divinity within us, and the more we express the good part of our lives, the more the divine within us expresses itself. I suppose I would call myself an Episcopalian by religion and there’s a–many other, if you travel around the world you get quite a bit of the feeling of all–all religions–have so much alike in the divine part of our own being. And I suppose you just couldn’t just put that into a book or you couldn’t put it to a phrase or a sentence.

WALLACE: Do you believe in sin — When I say believe I don’t mean believe in committing sin do you believe there is such a thing as a sin?

SANGER: I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world–that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically. Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they’re born. That to me is the greatest sin — that people can — can commit..

WALLACE: But sin in the ordinary sense that we regard it — do you believe or do you not believe.

SANGER: What-what would they be?

WALLACE: Do you believe infidelity is a sin?

SANGER: Well, I’m not going to specify what I think is a sin. I stated what I think is the worst sin.

WALLACE: Yes, but then you asked me to say what–and I said what and ah–you refuse to answer me?

SANGER: I don’t know about infidelity, that has many personalities to it–and what a person’s own belief is–you can’t, I couldn’t generalize on any of those things as being sins.

WALLACE: Murder is a sin…

SANGER: Well, I naturally think murder, whether it’s a sin or not, is a terrible act.

Watch it here. Read the full transcript here.

[HT: Mark Shea via Dawn Eden via Kathy Schmugge]

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8 Comments on “Margaret Sanger Interview, 1957”

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  1. Mike says:

    Contraception Why Not by Janet Smith



    Comment posted July 8th, 2008 at 5:15 pm
  2. Christina says:


    Thank you so much for this post!

    Wow! It started to get so weird!
    There were a couple things that particularly jumped out at me from this interview. The first was that Mrs. Sanger would talk about how she especially despised murder and really did not like to see people suffer and have pain. But she was an incredible advocate of abortion, one of the cruelest tortures and death! Sounded like she just lost it or something. And we see this same kind of strange hypocrisy continuing even today when pro-abortion people say they want to “help” women by killing their children!

    The other thing about this interview that jumped out at me was how conservative the media used to be. Wow!!! The difference was unbelievable, and it was a total breath of fresh air to see them not be biased for once! At one time the interviewer almost seemed to be defending the Catholic Church’s position on birth control.
    I recently learned from someone (can’t recall who at the moment) that the media is supposedly about 90% pro-abortion.
    Fr. Frank Pavone is currently working on getting many people to sign a petition to the media asking them to show pictures of aborted babies to the public. You can sign the petition at http://www.priestsforlife.org/petitions/challenge-to-the-media.aspx.

    God bless.

    Comment posted July 8th, 2008 at 8:02 pm
  3. RSD says:

    Awesome….it really shows Sanger’s personality (or lack thereof)…and looks like she’s stating moral relativism, by the way she answers… same as the pro-abort folks….I guess, birds of a feather, as they say…

    Can we post this on You Tube and let everybody see and hear for themselves the Truth about Sanger?

    Comment posted July 9th, 2008 at 6:56 am
  4. Em says:

    That interview was really… weird. I can’t make much of it.

    “The other thing about this interview that jumped out at me was how conservative the media used to be. Wow!!! The difference was unbelievable, and it was a total breath of fresh air to see them not be biased for once!”

    Pretty much all news sources are at least somewhat biased – we just don’t tend to notice when they’re biased in our favor. Still, conservative or Christian news sources do a better job of not being biased… Well, they DO show a strong favortism to conservatives, Christians, and their ideas and opinions, but what they are better at is seperating fact from opinion. You might have noticed that conservative or Christian news sources usually title it something like “Conservative/Christian News” or at least mention something about being a right-wing or religious news source in the logo, ‘About’ link on their website, etc., whereas most liberal news sources (almost all news sources… haha) don’t mention anything about being liberal. Same reason why when right-wingers homeschool their kids or mention their beliefs to a young person liberals call it “brainwashing” and when left-wingers do the same thing in public schools it’s called “educating”.

    Comment posted July 9th, 2008 at 5:54 pm
  5. Mike says:

    This interviewer is Mike Wallace. Mike Wallace is from “60 Minutes” although I don’t know if this is a “60 Minutes” interview. Most people believe the major networks are liberal including CBS.


    Comment posted July 9th, 2008 at 6:53 pm
  6. Mike says:

    I felt the cigarette ads were very telling about the entire video. The Abortion Industry mimmics the Tabacco Industry.

    The Tabacco Industry kept saying tabacco does not cause lung cancer. The Abortion Industry keeps denying Contraception and Abortion are a cause of Breast Cancer.

    In the Tabacco Industry they disguised the fact saccarin (spelling?) was addictive. They did this to get repeat business from the same customers. In the Abortion Industry we know about 80% of the women who had abortions are repeat customers.

    The similarities between the Tabacco Industry and Abortion Industry are exactly the same.

    The Abortion Industry is just using the Tabacco Industry’s old playbook!


    Comment posted July 9th, 2008 at 7:17 pm
  7. Aly says:

    I thought the most tragically ironic thing about the interview was how the entire time, Sanger had a grim, defensive look on her face… until at the very end, she started talking about her children and grand children, and her face just lit up with a smile.


    Comment posted August 4th, 2008 at 7:27 am
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