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Why Charlottesville Is Not Planned Parenthood's Fight

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As our nation stands on the precipice of moral degradation and racial tensions reach unprecedented and violent levels, one national organization has inserted themselves into the conversation, claiming the moral high ground and staking out their ground as authorities on white supremacy. They should know about white supremacy since it was a founding principle.   

Cecile Richards, the organizer-in-chief of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, blasted her email list last week, writing an impassioned diatribe about how her group will never back down from “delivering compassionate care, and to building a country and a world where no one has to live in fear of exclusion, harassment or violence.”

Excuse me while I spit out my coffee.

Planned Parenthood committed over 328,000 abortions last year, which equals one in every three abortions done in this country. Their founder, Margaret Sanger, was a eugenicist who secretly enlisted the help of black pastors to carry out her dream of “eliminating the Negro population,” who spoke at the women’s branch of Ku Klux Klan, and who wanted to “weed out” minorities with birth control.

She had a friend, Clarence Cook Little, who was a board member of Sanger’s American Birth Control League and who later was listed on the 1938 Committee for Planned Parenthood. He was also president of the University of Michigan in 1925. But it was Little’s support of involuntary sterilization for “inferior” races that not many people talk about.

If Planned Parenthood’s history isn’t a foundation for white supremacy, then what is?

That was a hundred years ago. Now, the abortion giant has only changed their messaging.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported in 2013 that black women made up 39.7% of all abortions. However, African Americans only make up 13.3% of the population. Oh, and Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are located primarily in urban areas,

In 2008, Planned Parenthood employees were caught on tape taking donations specifically meant for abortions of black babies. Sanger would have applauded.

The very white supremacists whom Planned Parenthood is railing against actually support abortion-on-demand for reasons that eerily echo Margaret Sanger:

Richard Spencer, the keynote speaker in Charlottesville and the central figure of the alt-right movement, finds abortion useful. He has explained that abortion will help to bring about his vision of an elite, white America: “The people who are having abortions are generally very often Black or Hispanic or from very poor circumstances.” The people whom Spencer wants to reproduce, he says, “are using abortion when you have a situation like Down Syndrome.” It is only “the unintelligent and blacks and Hispanics,” he claims, “who use abortion as birth control.”

In Richards’ passionate email, she equates providing healthcare (aka abortion) to eradicating racism. Then she states that “This is not a morally ambiguous ideology. There is only one side.”

There is only side to eradicating racism, that’s correct. But to providing abortions, no, there is more than Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded, free-abortions-for-all-no-matter-what side.

If Planned Parenthood wants to create a peaceful society where no one feels threatened, they need to quit pushing abortion. One of every eighth patient who walks into Planned Parenthood will get an abortion.  

Planned Parenthood thinks that empowering women is telling them that abortion is their best option, that there is no way a woman will be able to handle a child and a career or continue with her schooling, that she isn’t good enough to be both a mom and a teacher, lawyer, doctor, wife, etc.

That’s not empowering. That is continuing to create a divide in this nation between the powerful and the powerless. Planned Parenthood has no business delving into the fight over racism in this country. They are a cause of division, not a solution.

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