The Spokesman-Recorder published an editorial by Lucky Rosenbloom [column of April 11] asking readers to ignore his political party’s voter-suppression efforts and direct our indignation and protest against legalized abortion instead. Readers must draw their own conclusions on the merits of that argument. But it should be noted that Mr. Rosenbloom’s article included false statements about, and fictitious quotations attributed to, Mrs. Margaret Sanger.
The fact is that Mrs. Sanger and Planned Parenthood Federation worked together with dozens of prominent African American personages, including Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune, Mrs. Mary Church Terrell, AME Bishop David Sims, and Meharry’s Dr. Michael Bent. The truth can be learned at the website www.trustblackwomen.org, which also posts the thoughtful speech written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and delivered by Mrs. Coretta Scott King in acceptance of the Margaret Sanger award in 1966.
Rather than libeling the memory of Mrs. Sanger, and publicizing falsehoods and half-truths about her work, abortion opponents might do better to quote genuine statements she made equating abortion and infanticide; and to note that she began her work in favor of birth control because as a nurse she had seen so many women in slums die as a result of botched illegal — often self-inflicted — abortions.
Oliver Steinberg lives in St. Paul.