Planned Parenthood’s New York chapter is cutting association with the organization’s founder, Margaret Sanger, a notorious racist with ties to the eugenics movement. Sanger has historically been praised by Planned Parenthood and its allies for her work as an advocate for reproductive rights, especially with regard to contraceptives. Sanger’s advocacy included “selective breeding,” which disproportionately harms people of color, as a fundamental principle of the eugenics movement.
“The removal of Margaret Sanger’s name from our building is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color,” said Karen Seltzer, the chair of Planned Parenthood New York affiliate’s board, per The NYT.
Pro-life leaders praised Planned Parenthood’s decision to disavow Sanger:
Margaret Sanger’s racist legacy continues to be at work in America, as seen in Planned Parenthood’s business model— Kristan Hawkins (@KristanHawkins) July 21, 2020
Her tributes need to be taken down and stored away because her desire to ensure that black babies would not be born doesn’t deserve honor.
1/3: Glad to see Planned Parenthood of Greater New York finally disavow Margaret Sanger over her eugenic views. https://t.co/UhemujPIjK— Jeanne F. Mancini (@jeannemfl) July 21, 2020
The evil that Margaret Sanger started when she founded Planned Parenthood 100 years ago pales in comparison to the atrocities the corporation does today.— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) July 21, 2020
Every day, Planned Parenthood kills 900 babies.
900 irreplaceable, precious human lives destroyed.https://t.co/7k3HEOiByP
The New York clinic named for Sanger will now be known as the Manhattan Health Center.