WS>>Toledo Library Censors Pro-Life Book on Planned Parenthood
carl william spitzer iv
cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Thu Feb 22 20:15:59 MST 2001
Source: WorldNet Daily;
Toledo Library Censors Pro-Life Book on Planned Par-
enthood Toledo, OH -- A Toledo, Ohio, family is looking for
answers after officials at the Toledo-Lucas County Public
Library rejected their pro-life book donation for being "too
Dean and Melanie Witt, regular library patrons, submit-
ted the book in question, "Killer Angel," George Grant's
critical biography of Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret
Sanger, after they discovered that none of the nearly two
dozen books on Sanger held by the library mentioned her
rascist views or her association with high-ranking Nazi
Melanie Witt said that she had donated the books (two
copies) to help promote an academic balance to the library's
weighted collection on the topic.
"We purchased the books ourselves and didn't ask them
to remove anything from the library. We just thought that
they at least ought to be providing another perspective,"
Officials at the library initially accepted Grant's
biography, but central office staff intervened and rejected
the book donation. Anthony Schafer, manager of the li-
brary's history, travel and biography travel section, said
in a letter to the Witts that "the author's political and
social agenda, which is strongly espoused throughout the
book, is not appropriate."
The Witts have sent several letters to library offi-
cials asking for clarification of the library's selection
criteria, but have yet to receive a response. Call to Clyde
Scoles, director of the Toledo library, for comment on this
story were not returned.
George Grant, who has co-authored books with pro-life
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and presidential candidate Alan
Keyes and has more than 70 books in publication, rejects the
notion that the Sanger biography is too political.
"I find it odd that when it comes down to my research
or other biographies that fawn over Sanger and neglect her
racist ideology, I'm the one painted as driving a political
agenda," he said.
The American Library Association, which ironically co-
sponsors the annual "Banned Books Week" in defense of pro-
hibited literature, has stepped into the debate -- throwing
its support behind the library's decision to ban Grant's
book. Judith Krug, director of the ALA's Office of Intel-
lectual Freedom, said libraries should be able to deny book
gifts and librarians given wide discretion in determining
what materials are included in the library's collection.
When asked whether that view conflicted with the ALA's
stand against book banning, Krug replied that the organiza-
tion's policy only applies to books that have passed librar-
When told of the ALA's stand on the controversy, Grant
responded, "Their position is simply Orwellian. In the name
of intellectual freedom, they man the barricades anytime
someone suggests the removal of child pornography from a
library, but if anything conflicts with their political
agenda, then censorship imposed by the library hierarchy is
completely acceptable. They're encouraging libraries to set
up their own Politburo to test books for political correct-
The Toledo library may be violating its own policies in
rejecting Grant's book. The library's material selection
statement (adopted in 1972) states, "the Library collection
shall include representative materials of all races and
nationalities, and all political, religious, economic and
social views." While Grant said that his work is permissible
under that criterion, he isn't surprised at the Toledo
library's reaction to his book.
"Any discussion regarding her racist intentions in
founding Planned Parenthood have to be quickly put down,"
Grant's book states that prior to World War II, Sanger
was fairly outspoken about her views on other races. The
book cites a 1939 proposal for Sanger's "Negro Project," a
plan developed at the behest of public health officials in
southern states, where she writes, "the most successful
educational approach to the Negro is through a religious
appeal. We do not want word to go out that we want to
exterminate the Negro population and the Minister is the man
who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of
their more rebellious members." The book also documents her
plans to set up birth-control clinics in poor New York City
neighborhoods to target "Blacks, Hispanics, Slavs, Amerinds,
Fundamentalists, Jews and Catholics."
Also noted in the book is Sanger's close association
with Ernst Rudin, who served as Hitler's director of genetic
sterilization. An April 1933 article by Rudin, entitled
"Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need," for Sanger's month-
ly magazine, "The Birth Control Review," detailed the estab-
lishment of the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene and advocat-
ed its replication in the United States. A subsequent
article by Leon Whitney published the following June by
Sanger, entitled "Selective Sterilization," praises and
defends the Third Reich's pre-holocaust "race purification"
program. After the war had concluded and Nazi atrocities
came to light, Sanger quickly changed the name of her organ-
ization from the Birth Control League to Planned Parenthood
-- to distance herself from her earlier Nazi associations.
Grant says that he doesn't expect his book will be the
last to be censored by librarians motivated by political
"We can expect more of this behavior," he said. "Their
views are becoming so unpopular that they are having to turn
to outright totalitarian tactics and coercive taxpayer
funding to plug the holes in the ship to keep their agenda
In an odd twist, another of Grant's books, "Grand
Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood," now in its
fourth edition, is the single best-selling book, either pro
or con, on the organization.
Melanie Witt's fight with the library has left her
distrustful of the library's objectivity.
"We are forced to pay for this library through our
property and sales taxes," she said. "It is unconscionable
that taxpayers have to foot the bill for them to exercise
their brand of censorship. It's a breach of the public
ACTION: Send your objections to the Toledo-Lucas
County Public Library,
325 Michigan Street, Toledo, OH 43624; Phone (419)
259-5381; Fax: (419)
474-1387 PURCHASE GRANT'S BOOK: You can purchase
Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood
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