Idaho congressman calls for removal of Margaret Sanger bust from National Portrait Gallery

by Jordyn Pair · Jul 13th, 2020 9:19 am

Last Updated Jul 14th, 2020 at 8:55 pm

Republican Idaho Rep. Russ Fulcher has written a letter to the secretary of the Smithsonian urging the removal of a bust honoring Margaret Sanger.

Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, has long been criticized for her eugenicist and racist beliefs. She pushed for the abortion of unborn children "when either mother or father suffers from such diseases as tuberculosis, gonorrhea, syphilis, cancer, epilepsy, insanity, drunkenness, and mental disorders," as well as the abortion of unborn children who are physically or mentally disabled.

In his letter, Fulcer said it was "troubling" that the National Portrait Gallery still featured a bust of Sanger.

"As our nation struggles to address racial injustice, it is unconscionable that an avowed racist and eugenicist is featured so prominently," Fulcher said.

Read Fulcher's full letter to the secretary of the Smithsonian here.

? The call to remove Sanger's bust follows similar requests from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who recently pushed for the removal of portraits of former House speakers who served in the Confederacy.


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