President Obama handed out the 2013 Presidential Medals of Freedom November 20, and among the 16 honorees was aggressive feminist and abortion advocate Gloria Steinem (shown in photo from 1995).
Established in 1963 by President Kennedy, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is supposedly the nation's highest honor for a civilian, “presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Several days before receiving the award, Steinem told the National Press Club that she hoped the honor would reflect “the work of Margaret Sanger,” the Planned Parenthood founder notorious for advocating eugenics and birth control to control certain people, groups, and races. “I hope this is retroactive in honoring the work of Margaret Sanger,” said Steinem, as quoted by CNSNews.com. “I hope that she would celebrate this recognition that reproductive freedom is a human right at least as crucial as freedom of speech and that no government should dictate whether or when we have children,” Steinem said.
In 1921, Margaret Sanger wrote that as a birth control advocate she believed “the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.” A year later she would claim that “eugenics is suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political, and social problems.”
CNSNews noted that “as an activist for the women’s movement, Steinem, who founded Ms. magazine, has championed abortion on demand, sex education in schools and gay marriage.... Steinem praised Obama in her Press Club remarks, saying that no president understands 'reproductive freedom' like he does. 'There’s no president in history from whose hand I would be more honored to receive this medal,' Steinem said.”
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