Planned Parenthood Cancels Margaret Sanger … Sort Of
While disavowing the abortion mill founder’s racist views, the current president refused to say Sanger was a racist.
America’s leading proponent and provider of abortions, Planned Parenthood, finally acknowledged the racism of the organization’s founder, Margaret Sanger. In an article published in The New York Times titled “We’re Done Making Excuses for Our Founder,” current Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson stated that it was time for the organization to “reckon with Margaret Sanger’s association with white supremacist groups and eugenics.”
You don’t say.
The truth is that Sanger’s views were indeed racist, with her expressed and primary goal for abortion being population control. Specifically, she aimed to limit the reproduction rate of the underdeveloped within the populace so as “to make the coming generation into such physically fit, mentally capable, socially alert individuals as are the ideal of a democracy.”
That’s called eugenics, and a certain political party in Germany also endorsed it.
Of black Americans, Sanger wrote in 1939, “We believe birth control knowledge brought to this group, is the most direct, constructive aid that can be given them to improve their immediate situation.” After advocating that trained “Negro” doctors would have the biggest impact on promoting abortion within the black community, Sanger warned, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
For her part, Johnson explained, “We have defended Sanger as a protector of bodily autonomy and self-determinism, while excusing her association with white supremacist groups and eugenics as an unfortunate ‘product of her time.’” This is lipstick on a pig.
As Human Coalition Vice President Benjamin Watson contended, “Whether they personally identify with Sanger’s ideology or not, they continue to carry out her mission, by serving as the leading executioner of our children. The same Sanger they claim to disavow would applaud their efforts and results, as a disproportionate percentage of black children have been killed in Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics.” He added, “Acknowledging a racist history does not absolve them of the blood on their hands, as they continue to take full advantage of victims of the racism they decry.”
Reverend Dean Nelson, the executive director of Human Coalition, observed, “You cannot acknowledge the racist person and history without admitting to the racist vision that has resulted in nearly 80% of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities being located within walking distance of minority neighborhoods.”
Of the reported 619,591 abortions in 2018, the CDC says race is known only for 350,000 of them. Over a third of that number were black babies, despite blacks making up just 14% of the population.
The fact of the matter is that Sanger’s blatant racism has become a public embarrassment to Planned Parenthood. At the same time, the organization continues to embrace her primary agenda — abortion as population control. While Johnson may be done with making excuses for Sanger, she’s clearly not done with making excuses for Planned Parenthood’s continued promotion of Sanger’s vision.
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