New York branch of abortion chain severs link with founder over eugenics

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York will remove the name of Margaret Sanger, a founder of the national organisation, from its Manhattan health clinic because of her “harmful connections to the eugenics movement,” the group have said.

Ms. Sanger, a public health nurse who opened the first birth control clinic in the United States in Brooklyn in 1916, has long been lauded as a feminist icon and reproductive-rights pioneer.

But her legacy also includes supporting eugenics, a belief in improving the human race through selective breeding, often targeted at poor people, those with disabilities, immigrants and people of colour.

“The removal of Margaret Sanger’s name from our building is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color,” Karen Seltzer, the chair of the New York affiliate’s board, said in a statement.