March 30, 2009
On Friday, March 27th, Secretary of State Clinton accepted the Margaret Sanger Award at Planned Parenthood Awards Gala. The Margaret Sanger Award is named for Planned Parenthood’s founder, a noted eugenicist.
In accepting this ‘honor’ Hillary Clinton praised Sanger’s “vision”, defended the Obama Administrations funding for international groups that promote abortion, and advocated for more U.S. tax payer funding to go to “family planning” organizations at home and abroad.
Here are some telling excerpts from Secretary Clinton’s acceptance speech:
“I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision…taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I am really in awe of her. And there are a lot of lessons that we can learn from her life and from the cause she launched and fought for and sacrificed so bravely.”
“The 20th century reproductive rights movement, really embodied in the life and leadership of Margaret Sanger, was one of the most transformational in the entire history of the human race…Yet we know that Margaret Sanger’s work here in the United States and certainly across our globe is not done.”
“I want to assure you that reproductive rights and the umbrella issue of women’s rights and empowerment will be a key to the foreign policy of this Administration. I was very proud when President Obama repealed the Mexico City policy.”
“Congress has also approved the Administration’s request for $545 million in bilateral assistance for family planning and reproductive health programs this year. And this is a significant increase over last year. Because I and the Administration and not wavering in our commitments to development assistance even in these tough economic times.”