Jason Mattera

The Catholic Church has a rich history of protecting the most vulnerable members of society. From challenging forced sterilizations to rebuking the practice of abortion, the Church’s leaders have been outspokenly pro-life.

Why, then, is a Catholic school censoring a pro-life speech meant to expose anti-Catholic bigotry, uncover an embarrassing eugenics movement in the United States, and disclose the dubious past of the abortion movement’s prized icon, Margaret Sanger? Even more troubling, why would this speech be abruptly canceled when attendance is voluntary and the event is held after school?

Kathryn Stickley, a senior at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan, was shocked that her principal, Carolyn Witte, rescinded the Pro-Life Club’s invitation to bring best-selling author Dan Flynn to campus. Flynn—sponsored by Young America’s Foundation —was scheduled to speak February 12th on “Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood,” a look into the foundations of the abortion-rights movement. The topic comes from Flynn’s book, Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall For Stupid Ideas, which is backed by nearly 1,000 footnotes.

As Flynn painstakingly details, Sanger—the founder of Planned Parenthood and heroine of the Left—was an avowed racist who embraced the tenets of Nazism, terrorism, and religious bigotry. In The Birth Control Review, she implored Congress to create a “stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.” On the pages of The Woman Rebel, Sanger advocated the murder of John D. Rockefeller Jr. in an article titled “A Defense of Assassination.” And in a 1932 statement, she wrote that the Catholic doctrine is “definitely against social welfare and race improvement.”

Those are just some of the venomous facts about Sanger—facts that the students at Mercy High School will be forbidden to hear if Carolyn Witte, whose contact info you will find below, has her way.


Jason Mattera

Jason Mattera is the author of the New York Times bestseller Hollywood Hypocrites: The Devastating Truth About Obama's Biggest Backers (Simon & Schuster, March 2012).