Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has called for a eugenics approach to the country's current economic crisis. She told ABC's This Week, "contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government," while discussing the Democrats stimulus package that includes a controversial increase in birth control funding.
Eugenics was a social policy pushed heavily by academics prior to the end of World War II. The practice was used to categorize some people as unfit for reproduction based on their poverty status, IQ, or skin color, among other traits.
In the U.S. Margaret Sanger used eugenics as her inspiration for creating Planned Parenthood in an attempt to control the reproduction of poor minorities. Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were perhaps the most infamous subscribers to Eugenics, making use of its principles in their chase for the "perfect the Aryan race".