Norfolk, Virginia – Prominent voices continue to join black ministers’ call for the removal of Margaret Sanger’s bust from the National Portrait Gallery (‘NPG’). Twenty-six Members of Congress, led by Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Louie Gohmert, have now added their support. All signed a letter sent Tuesday to NPG Director Kim Sajet, demanding immediate removal of the Planned Parenthood founder’s bust from the Gallery’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit.
The letter is available at tinyurl.com/CruzGohmertLtr and attached to this post.
“We echo the recent petition of pastors and supporters affiliated with S.T.A.N.D. who similarly demanded that Ms. Sanger’s bust be removed,” the letter reads, “As they rightfully stated in their letter, Ms. Sanger was no hero. Her racist views have had a very real and devastating impact on the widespread destruction of unborn human life–especially in minority communities.”
The Congressional letter says that “Honoring Ms. Sanger is an outrage,” and attributes “renewed concern and scrutiny of Ms. Sanger’s background” to “recent ongoing revelations of Planned Parenthood’s potential activities in the trafficking of fetal tissue and baby body parts from abortions.”
We are grateful to Senator Cruz, Representative Gohmert and the twenty-four members of Congress who joined them,” said Founder & President of MINISTERS TAKING A STAND (MTS) Bishop E.W. Jackson. “Sanger was committed to the eradication of the black race and others she deemed inferior, labeling them ‘human weeds.'”
Continuing, Jackson said, “It is encouraging to know that there are still leaders in Washington who are willing to follow through on their moral convictions.”
In August, MTS held a press conference in front of the NPG and hand-delivered 14,000 petition signatures to the Gallery, demanding that Sanger’s bust be removed. To date, the bust remains in the same place. Mr. Jackson says he is confident they will prevail in having the bust removed. We’re not going away,” says the minister. “It is reprehensible that Sanger – an admitted racist – would be honored by any tax-funded institution. It is the height of cruelty that NPG would include her in an exhibit that honors the very people she sought to destroy.”
The group is asking their supporters to contact members of Congress and urge them to have the bust removed and defund Planned Parenthood.
E.W. Jackson, President of STAND, is a Marine Corps Veteran, retired attorney, graduate of Harvard Law School, 2013 Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia, Bishop of THE CALLED CHURCH and a Senior Fellow for the Family Research Council.
Join more than 15,000 others who have already signed our petition to have Margaret Sanger’s bust removed fromt the National Portrait Gallery!