I will be addressing the morality of abortion as a whole in the near future. Today I wish to more specifically address the disturbing history of a popular “women’s health provider” as they are often referred to.
Planned Parenthood (an ironic name for an organization that exterminates unplanned pregnancies in an attempt to avoid parenthood) is an establishment hailed as a beacon for female “body autonomy” of all backgrounds by liberals and moderates alike.
What PP supporters tend to avoid, however, is the well documented fact that the organization and its founder are rooted in eugenics and master race ideology.
If you’ve never heard the word ‘eugenics’ before, it is “the practice or advocacy of controlled selective breeding of human populations (as by sterilization) to improve the population’s genetic composition.”
It was Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, who drew greatly from the tenants of eugenics to act on her belief that immigrants, blacks, the poor and mentally challenged should be systematically filtered out of the American gene pool via forced sterilization.
She believed that birth control and abortion were also key tools in accomplishing a more pure human condition. Sanger published many articles regarding the virtues of eugenics in a journal she founded in 1917, the ‘Birth Control Review.’
She authored articles whose titles include “Some Moral Aspects of Eugenics” (1920), “The Eugenic Conscience” (1921), “The Purpose of Eugenics” (1924), “Birth Control and Positive Eugenics” (1925) and “Birth Control: The True Eugenics” (1928).
It’s not hard to imagine how she felt about apartheid and segregation laws given this line of thinking. In her 1932 article titled, “A Plan for Peace” She stated that the government should “give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.”
Powerful individuals within the United States government apparently took her and her compatriot’s words to heart. In 1927, under Supreme Court ruling Buck vs. Bell, the Court ruled that States had the right to forcibly sterilize an American citizen if certain criteria were met.
Between 1927 and 1941, over 65,000 Americans would be forcibly sterilized until Skinner vs. Oklahoma challenged the ruling in 1942. While Skinner vs. Oklahoma did not completely overturn Buck v. Bell, it provided enough legal boundaries to discourage future sterilizations. But the damage was done.
One can only wonder what influence Sanger’s work had outside of the United States as well.
In 1933, The Birth Control Review published an article entitled “Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need”. It was penned by Sanger’s alleged close friend and advisor, Ernst Rudin, who was at that time serving as Adolph Hitler’s Director of Genetic Sterilization and had earlier taken a role in the establishment in the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene.
In that same year, Sanger’s Journal published an article by Leon Whitney titled, “Selective Sterilization”, which lauded and defended The Third Reich’s race purification programs only years before giving birth to the Holocaust.
Although sterilizations have been all but outlawed, Margaret Sanger’s twisted crusade lives on through abortion.
While Sanger despised the sick, poor and mentally ill, one of her most disturbing quotes comes from a letter to Clarence Gamble, an American doctor and eugenics sympathizer. He was also at that time the heir to the Procter and Gamble soap company fortune. In the letter she explains the best tactical approach in regards to her “Negro Project’s” specific outreach to the African-American community.
She writes: “The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to get 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.”
In her autobiography she proudly recounts her address to the women of the Klu Klux Klan in Silver Lake, N.J., in 1926 regarding her strive to breed blacks out of the South and influence the Baptist pulpits in unwittingly propagating black abortion.
With Sanger’s disturbed thinking and white supremacist leanings, it shouldn’t be surprising that the vast majority of PP clinics are located in or near inner city populations where most African American and Minority populations congregate.
A study by “Protecting Black Lives”, in 2012, found that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities were located within walking distance of minority communities. As of 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau has revealed that number to have grown to 88 percent.
Despite the wave of media fueled rage against police brutality over these last couple weeks, abortion is and remains the number one killer of black lives in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, abortion kills more African Americans than HIV, diabetes, homicide, heart disease and cancer combined.
In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also released an “Abortion Surveillance Report.” According to the report, black women made up 14 percent of the childbearing population at that time. Yet, 36 percent of all abortions were obtained by black women. At a ratio of 474 abortions per 1,000 live births, black women had and continue to have the highest ratio of any group in the United States.
Jesse Jackson, former Democratic African American candidate for President, decried abortion, calling it “black genocide” and compared abortion to slavery.
According to Jackson, the idea that a baby / fetus were the personal property of the mother and could do whatever she pleased with the child “was the premise of slavery…you could not protest the existence or treatment of slaves on the plantation because that was private and therefore outside your right to be concerned.”
Despite this astute comparison, abortion continues to be lauded as a private woman’s health issue that dooms hundreds of thousands of black babies each year.
To commemorate this twisted legacy, the Margaret Sanger Award has been given out every year since her death in 1966 until 2015. Nancy Pelosi received the award in 2014, Hillary Clinton in 2009.
PP apologists attempt to justify the organization’s disturbing past with the claim that they also provide other health related services like mammogram screening. However, when President Cecile Richards went before Congress in 2015, she repeatedly stated that the organization does not, in fact, offer mammograms nor do they have mammogram machines at PP clinics despite reporting thousands of breast exams being performed.
It would appear that PP is more interested in carrying out its founder’s mission in keeping the African American population culled than actually preventing breast cancer in its clientele.
What I would like to end on is another quote from Jesse Jackson during the 1977 March for Life. He says, “What happens to the moral fabric of a nation that accepts the aborting of the life of a baby without a pang of conscience?”
I ask myself this question every time I see a woman proudly flaunting a Planned Parenthood sign at a rally…how much longer will we be spared from God’s righteous anger.
Regardless of your religious convictions, I’d encourage anyone who plans to support Planned Parenthood in the future to seriously consider the disturbing mission behind such an organization and how you may unwittingly be contributing to racial genocide in our time.