Will the Real Planned Parenthood Please Stand Up?
Recently, I heard a brief talk by Dr. Benjamin Carson that caused me to sit up straight in my chair. I really could not believe my ears so I replayed the video several times to make sure I hear Dr. Carson correctly. I immediately began to do what he said and read up for myself on the issue. I was struck, in particular, by two things Dr. Carson mentioned.
- The founder of Planed Parenthood was racially biased
The two things really go hand-in-hand. Hitler was heavily into eugenics using the concept to create an Aryan super race. But did you know there was, and apparently still is, a movement in the United States to eliminate those who would burden society? This movement is nothing new. Plato suggested the idea of selective mating to produce a “guardian class”.
What is eugenics? The word comes from the Greek εὐγενής eugenes “well-born” from εὖ eu, “good, well” and γένος genos, “race, stock, kin”. The modern concept of eugenics was introduced by Francis Galton, the cousin of Charles Darwin. The concept was designed to improve the quality of human beings born into the world. Clearly, the idea is one of selective breeding to develop a higher quality human being. Interesting the lack of caring in describing us as “human beings” rather than the more up-close-and-personal “people”.
In the mid to late 1800s it was advocated that the insane be castrated and spayed.
But how does that relate to Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood was founded by a woman named Margaret Sanger who was a nurse and political activist in favor of birth control. In today’s world one might ask; “What’s the problem with that?” Well, I’m glad you asked because the answer is eugenics. Margaret Sanger in her article “Birth Control and Racial Betterment” made the following statement: “We who advocate Birth Control, on the other hand, lay all our emphasis upon stopping not only the reproduction of the unfit but upon stopping all reproduction when there is not economic means of providing proper care for those who are born in health. The eugenist also believes that a woman should bear as many healthy children as possible as a duty to the state. We hold that the world is already over-populated. Eugenists imply or insist that a woman’s first duty is to the state; we contend that her duty to herself is her duty to the state.”
In her “What Every Girl Should Know – Sexual Impulses Part II” commentary she made the following statement: “It is said a fish as large as a man has a brain no larger than the kernel of an almond. In all fish and reptiles where there is no great brain development, there is also no conscious sexual control. The lower down in the scale of human development we go the less sexual control we find. It is said that the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development, has so little sexual control that police authority alone prevents him from obtaining sexual satisfaction on the streets. According to one writer, the rapist has just enough brain development to raise him above the animal, but like the animal, when in heat knows no law except nature which impels him to procreate whatever the result. Every normal man and Woman has the power to control and direct his sexual impulse.”
Margaret Sanger the Purported Paragon of Probity for Women
The founder of Planned Parenthood was dedicated not to women’s health but to that of eliminating, through birth control and later abortion, those who would not benefit society or would be a burden on society. She believed it was a woman’s “duty to herself is her duty to the state”. So, this purported paragon of probity believed that those who were not economically and socially developed and financially able should not have children.
She opened a clinic in Harlem and staffed the clinic with black doctors and was later praised by Dr. Martin Luther King and W. E. B. Du Bois, the founder of the NAACP. She would not allow bigotry within her staff nor would she tolerate any refusal to work in the interracial projects. No surprise there. Her agenda was to reduce the population of those who were unfit either physically or economically. While this seemed to be phylanthropilogial in nature to “benefit” the community, the real moral foundation behind the clinic was racist and there is simply no other way to express it.
The real story is in the numbers. Rather than trying to reconcile numbers from pro-life sites I went to the CDC with which, presumably, no one will argue. The interesting thing is that what the CDC reported for the years 2009-2011 was substantially less that than reported on the Planned Parenthood 2012 annual report according to the Washington Examiner.
According the CDC the number of induced abortions per 1000 live births, in the same race, was consistently higher amounts with blacks and other races as opposed to whites. These numbers are significant in that, on average, within the black population for every three babies that are conceived one of those babies eliminated with an induced abortion.
Planned Parenthood is the major provider for abortions and their founder was of the belief that the physiologically or economically unfit should not be allowed to live.
With all of the hoopla about “Black Lives Matter” these days it seems that no one has given any focus to the notion that for every black male that is killed by a police office there are literally thousands of black lives terminated by Planned Parenthood in the name of euginics!
Will the real Planned Parenthood please stand up?
May God have mercy on us all!
1. McCann (1994), pp. 150–4. Bigotry: p. 153. See also p. 45, The selected papers of Margaret Sanger, Volume 1
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