Recycling a tired old conspiracy theory that’s been disseminated by extreme pro-life groups for decades, Televangelist Pat Robertson manipulated the words of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, to make a false connection between the clinic and an alleged “genocide” within poor minority neighborhoods.
Following the same routine that pro-life propaganda has been doing for years, Robertson urged his viewers on Thursday to do some research on Sanger.
“She was the one who set the stage for Adolf Hitler,” Robertson said. “She didn’t copy him, he copied her. Planned Parenthood — it’s unbelievable how evil they were in the early days.”
“They said, what we’ve got to do in order to get the black people in America to have abortions, we have to have some noted black leader who will come out for Planned Parenthood and we’ll give him the Margaret Sanger Award. And, therefore, he will be our poster boy, in a sense showing the black people they should have abortions.”
Robertson added that Sanger followed a policy that was “strictly genocide.”
Pro-life groups have long misquoted Sanger as saying, “We want to exterminate the Negro population.”
But when the quote is looked at in its full context, it’s easy to see that she was saying exactly the opposite. In a 1939 letter, Sanger argued that black leaders should take the lead in educating their communities about birth control.
“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs,” she wrote.
Listen to Robertson’s comments in the video below.
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