Senate Democrats: ‘Country Is Healthier Because of Planned Parenthood’

Bust of Sanger National Portrait Gallery
Senate Democrats have introduced a resolution to recognize the centennial anniversary of Planned Parenthood and to promote its continuance in the country for years to come. The resolution, led by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, is co-sponsored by 18 other Senate Democrats and “affirms that Planned Parenthood remains an essential thread in the fabric of society, and it will be key in the next century to assisting millions of women, men and young people in accessing the healthcare they need and deserve, no matter who they are or where they live.” The senators praise eugenicist Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, and summarize the organization’s beginnings: Whereas on October 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger, her sister Ethel Byrne, and their activist friend Fania Mindell opened the first birth control health clinic in the United States in Brooklyn, New York, a groundbreaking and revolutionary act for women at that time; Whereas their clinic was founded on the idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams; Whereas Margaret Sanger in 1922 incorporated the American Birth Control League and in 1923 opened the first legal birth control center in the United States,