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
     eugenics officials.

          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,"
     she said.

          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-
     ian muster.

          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 indicated.

          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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