By the numbers, abortion is a racist business and has been from the start. At The Daily Signal, Kate Scanlon wrote a piece entitled, “13 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger” that is worth your time to read. Here are a few of examples of Sanger quotes from the piece: “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it,” “A marriage license shall in itself give husband and wife only the right to a common household and not the right to parenthood,” and in a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”
The last quote is often used to claim that Sanger wanted to exterminate all of the black population, but in context the statement is about reducing certain types of blacks. Sanger believed those inferiors who would dilute the gene pool should be eliminated, sterilized, or segregated onto farms (“Plan for Peace,” Birth Control Review, April 1932). This belief was a direct assault on the poor, who she thought to be less intelligent, and it is irrefutable that American blacks, victims of historical and systemic racism, were far more likely to live in poverty and that Sanger considered blacks to be generally inferior, racially and intellectually.
Thus, Sanger argued, “Organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease. … My criticism, therefore, is not directed at the ‘failure’ of philanthropy, but rather at its success” (The Pivot of Civilization, 108). Margaret Sanger’s answer was not to help the poor and the historically racially-oppressed, but rather to keep them from being born and to kill them by abortion to accomplish this goal. Sanger promoted eugenics in the U.S. in the 1930s and 40s, which is an effort to purify the gene pool in order to get rid of those people who are considered genetically inferior. In other words, the idea of eugenics is to create a superior race through population control. There is a reason the Nazis came to your mind when reading that last sentence.
In her autobiography Sanger notes,
I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan … I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses … I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak … In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered” (Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography, Page 366).
Some might say that pointing out the racist ideology of the founder of Planned Parenthood has nothing to do with the organization today. The facts support the contention that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is faithfully championing the founding vision of the organization. According to a report from 2012 entitled, Summary of Vital Statistics 2012 The City of New York, Pregnancy Outcomes, which was prepared by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Vital Statistics (see, Pregnancy Outcomes NYC Health 2012.pdf), there were 31,328 black babies killed by abortion in New York City while there were just 24,758 black babies born in the Big Apple.
According to Zoe Dutton’s article (Sept 24, 2014), “Abortion’s Racial Gap,” in The Atlantic, “An African-American woman is almost five times likelier to have an abortion than a white woman, and a Latina more than twice as likely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” J. Kenneth Blackwell, points out in The Washington Post (Jan 21, 2015), “According to the CDC, between 2007 and 2010, innocent black babies were victimized in nearly 36 percent of the abortion deaths in the United States, though blacks represent only 12.8 percent of the population” (link).
John Piper courageously explained in 2007,
The de facto effect (I don’t call it the main cause, but net effect) of putting abortion clinics in the urban centers is that the abortion of Hispanic and Black babies is more than double their percentage of the population. Every day 1,300 black babies are killed in America. Seven hundred Hispanic babies die every day from abortion. Call this what you will—when the slaughter has an ethnic face and the percentages are double that of the white community and the killers are almost all white, something is going on here that ought to make the lovers of racial equality and racial harmony wake up” (Link January 21, 2007).
Few people have so clearly articulated the tragedy of abortion as well as Jesse Jackson did in 1977. Yes, that Jesse Jackson (excerpts)
How we will respect and understand the nature of life itself is the over-riding moral issue, not of the Black race, but of the human race.
From my perspective, human life is the highest good, the summum bonum. Human life itself is the highest human good and God is the supreme good because He is the giver of life.
There are those who argue that the right to privacy is of higher order than the right to life. I do not share that view. I believe that life is not private, but rather it is public and universal.
If one accepts the position that life is private, and therefore you have the right to do with it as you please, one must also accept the conclusion of that logic. That 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 of your right to concerned.
If something can be dehumanized through the rhetoric used to describe it, then the major battle has been won. Those advocates of taking life prior to birth do not call it killing or murder, they call it abortion. They further never talk about aborting a baby because that would imply something human. Rather they talk about aborting the fetus. Fetus sounds less than human and therefore can be justified (“How We Respect Life is the Over-riding Moral Issue,” National Right to Life News. January 1977).
Almost forty years after Jackson’s remarks, Planned Parenthood, the abortion giant, is a U.S. government-funded institution. Planned Parenthood likes to tout its other services but according to their 2013 report the 327,653 abortions comprised 94 percent of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services (source). Recent horrifying videos taped by The Center for Medical Progress have made public Planned Parenthood’s practice of profiteering off of aborted babies by selling their body parts. The casual conversation at dinner that a baby’s head gets a high price, people want intact hearts, and livers are very popular too, while chuckling about wanting to buy a Lamborghini is ghastly. The words of the prophet Jeremiah come to mind, “But you have eyes and heart only for your dishonest gain, for shedding innocent blood” (22:17).
But an inescapable fact of these Mammon-worshipping Planned Parenthood baby slaughterhouses is that most often the body parts severed for profit are from black babies. Prior to the August 3rd Senate vote President Obama, through his White House spokesman Josh Earnest, had already vowed to veto any bill to defund Planned Parenthood: “What we have indicated in the past continues to be true today, that we have routinely opposed the inclusion of ideologically-driven riders in the budget process, and certainly a rider that would on a wholesale basis defund Planned Parenthood, which is the proposal of some Republicans in the House, is certainly something that would draw a presidential veto” (link).
President Obama, black lives matter. Tragically, a measure to defund Planned Parenthood failed in the Senate on Monday August 3rd in a 53-46 vote (falling short of the 60 votes needed). The question now is whether the GOP leaders will attach a provision to any spending bill to block additional federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood. The president and his political allies have colluded to continue the cultural insanity of federal-funded killing the most defenseless among us. Racism is a sin that has always been intertwined with profiteering and personal gain. President Obama’s silence regarding the videos detailing the ghoulish Planned Parenthood practices of selling the body parts of aborted babies and his double-down in support of the federal funding for Planned Parenthood means that the first black President of the United States of America believes political expediency matters more than lives, including black lives.