Margaret Sanger Award Recipient Nancy Pelosi on Zika: ‘This is About Babies’

Penny Starr | August 11, 2016 | 12:17pm EDT
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke at a briefing with reporters on Aug. 11, 2016 at the Capitol. ( Starr)

( – At a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the Zika virus threat is “all about babies.”

“The Zika in the Southern part of our country is in our country, and because it hasn’t hit home in [a Republican’s] district, doesn’t mean that it isn’t hitting home for the American people,” Pelosi said. “You know how I am about babies and this is about babies. I just can’t understand it.”

As previously reported, in 2014, Pelosi was the recipient of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s annual award named for Margaret Sanger, a documented eugenicist who founded what is now the nation’s largest abortion provider.

According to PPFA, Pelosi - a Catholic – was honored because of her “leadership, excellence, and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement over the course of her career.”

In 1921, Sanger wrote an essay entitled “Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda," which was published in the Oct. 5 edition of The Birth Control Review. 

In the article, Sanger expressed her support for eugenics, which is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a science that tries to improve the human race by controlling which people become parents,” and which is broadly defined as the practice of selective breeding and sterilization to “improve” the genetics of a human population. 

Earlier in Thursday’s press conference Pelosi mentioned the Republicans’ opposition to money for contraceptives in the Zika funding bill, specifically funding for Planned Parenthood. 

According to its 2014-2015 annual report, Planned Parenthood clinics performed 323,999 “abortion procedures” and received $553.7 million in “government health services grants and reimbursements.”

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