PolitiFact: Margaret Sanger, white supremacist?

  • Margaret Sanger, who founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, appeals before a Senate committee for federal birth control legislation in Washington, D.C., on March 1, 1934. AP file

PolitiFact staff
Friday, October 13, 2017

In a tweet in August, Missouri State Sen. Andrew Koenig said, “It’s time to remove any statue of Margaret Sanger who was a white suprematist (sic), spoke at kkk events & supported by democrats. #prolife”

Our ruling

Koenig said Margaret Sanger statues should be removed because Sanger was a white supremacist who “spoke at KKK events.”

Sanger spoke at one event for the women’s affiliate of the KKK, but it was to educate those women on birth control. And this was the only event she spoke at that any sources or documents pointed to.

Sanger has been accused of white supremacy by many because of her belief in eugenics and her implementation of a birth control clinic in Harlem and other black communities. But historians point out this was because she wanted to share her belief in the importance of birth control with both white and black women.

Koenig’s statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression.

We rate it Mostly False.

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