House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will receive the Margaret Sanger Award on Thursday, an award named for a woman who advocated eugenics and who wrote that, because of the social, economic, and health care costs of large families, the “most merciful thing” a large family could do to one of its “infant members” was to “kill it.”
Pelosi, a Catholic, is being honored with the Margaret Sanger Award, according to PPFA, because of her “leadership, excellence, and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement over the course of her career.”
According to its website, Planned Parenthood traces its origins to 1916 when Sanger opened a birth control office in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1922, she incorporated the American Birth Control League to address issues such as “world population growth, disarmament, and world famine,” and in 1923, Sanger opened the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau in Manhattan to provide contraceptives to women.
The American Birth Control League subsequently merged with the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau and later became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942.