At the New York flagship Planned Parenthood facility, you could always count on seeing Sanger. No, not in person -- the abortion giant's founder, an adherent of Hitler's philosophy on race and a gung-ho eugenicist, has her name up in lights on that location. Or at least, she did until this last week when the organization finally decided to publicly disavow the woman who called the disabled "undesirables" and said of large families that "the most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
During this current upsurge of awareness around racial violence, Planned Parenthood simply couldn't brush off its founder's legacy any longer.
One Planned Parenthood representative was quoted in a NY Times article saying they had decided to formally remove Sanger's name because of her “harmful connections to the eugenics movement."
But what the decision did not do, and cannot do under contemporary circumstances, is remove Planned Parenthood's clear and present commitment to continuing Sanger's eugenicist and racist agenda.
Clinics under the abortion organization's umbrella are disproportionately situated in minority neighborhoods. A few years ago, Lila Rose's investigative activists at Live Action caught representatives offering to take donations specifically to target black babies in Ohio.
The women who are most likely to "choose" abortion are black Americans.
As recently as 2016, Planned Parentood was pushing a fact sheet calling Sanger 'well-intentioned' in her attempt to push birth control and abortion on immigrant communities.
If abortion is a free choice, and a right, why are women with fewer means and more pressure more likely to abort? Why is Planned Parenthood pushing it -- and why did they wait this long to throw out Sanger? Many fellow citizens here in Massachusuetts will ask us why, when they meet us at sidewalk outreach or during an event like the March for Life -- why don't you support PP? They do so much good work.
When Planned Parenthood jettisons not just the Sanger's name, but her bitter commitment to destroying the vulnerable, targeting minorities, and her sick philosophy on genetic purity, perhaps we as a nation should reconsider. But honestly, can we simply jettison Planned Parenthood at this point, Sanger's name, legacy, and all?
Let's support, not abort. Let's create new systems, and new organizations like Guiding Star and Stanton Healthcare that see women as strong, offer support and resource and information. Because a free choice is one that gives life; a decision coerced almost always diminishes and demeans.
by Sofia Infante, Communications Intern, MCFL
During Black History month, we acknowledge and give thanks for the achievements of so many African Americans and the indelible marks they left on American society. The triumphs of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr. were hard won, as they fought against the prevailing racist and inhumane realities of their time. Their work towards a more just and compassionate society is continued today as the chains of slavery on African Americans look entirely different, but remain as virulently degrading and violent.
Although slavery was abolished in 1865, and segregation was largely outlawed in 1964 with the passage of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination against African Americans--especially women--is almost as prevalent today, if not more vicious and insidious, than it was in the past. According to the Guttmacher Institute, for every white woman who obtains an abortion, four black women have an abortion. Since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe. v. Wade, African American women have had abortions at a disproportionately higher rate than other minority women, and white women. Less than a decade ago, although African Americans accounted for 14% of the childbearing population, they obtained 36.2% of abortions (Abortion Surveillance Report, CDC). According to some estimates, more than 19 million African American babies have been killed since 1974. This means more black babies have been killed by abortion than crime, accidents, heart disease, cancer, and aids (Cure Policy Report).