There seems to be a lot of news lately regarding historical icons and relics whose legacies have been called into question and reevaluated, with the Confederate flag being the most well known. That debate aside, there is a particular historical figure with a statue in her image at the Smithsonian that Ted Cruz would like to see removed: Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. To quote from Red Alert Politics:
Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Louie Gohmert have joined those calling for a Margaret Sanger bust to be removed from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Sanger’s views on race and eugenics have been at the heart of the opposition to her appearance as a face of justice in America.
Cruz and Texas Rep. Gohmert joined Ministers Taking a Stand for a press conference outside the gallery. They’ve circulated a petition that gained 11,000 signatures for Sanger’s removal.
Sanger’s advocacy for abortion should be enough to leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth, but her record is even worse, as she also threw her support behind the eugenics movement. Sanger created what was known as the “Negro Project,” which had the goal of reducing the black population through birth control and abortion. A statue honoring Margaret Sanger at the Smithsonian is more offensive than a display of the Confederate flag could ever be.