When discussing the history of Planned Parenthood, even the most socially liberal person will admit that Margaret Sanger, the nurse who founded the clinic and revolutionized the western woman’s ability to have control over her own reproductive system, had some shockingly archaic views about race.
But with the cyclical resurrecting of political wedge issues, Sanger’s peripheral views about racial eugenics have created a perfect storm for the battle between pro-choice and anti-abortion factions. It’s also led to the development of one of the most bizarrely infectious conspiracy theories that has yet been seen within the pro-life movement and certain elements of the religious right — the claim that Planned Parenthood is carrying on an unspoken agenda of Margaret Sanger by setting up abortion clinics in poor neighborhoods, targeting the children of African Americans.
A disturbingly large social demographic of people have latched on to this idea, and it’s hard to exactly pinpoint when this revisionist history began within the anti-abortion movement. But its growing acceptance amongst their wider base most certainly began during the ides of the ’08 election cycle with the rise of the Tea Party, and the fringe brand of talking points that ultimately led to the GOP’s disastrous loss in 2012.
Delving into this bizarre world can cause one to forget how simple, yet revolutionary Sanger’s goals were and how completely and consciously separate they were from her rather repugnant views on race.
Almost as fervent as the battle against abortion is the campaign against birth control — which pro-life groups see as the moral equivalent to abortion. The absolute incoherence found here is that such a policy has historically shown to heighten the demand for abortion procedures — which leaves one to wonder if this false narrative was invented to overshadow such a moral dichotomy. Nevertheless, the blatancy in which anti-abortion groups disseminate this falsehood is shocking.
In a video released by the American Life League, Michael Hichborn states:
Can there be any wonder why Planned Parenthood opens its facilities in poor, inner city neighborhoods populated by minorities? Can there be any doubt that Sanger’s philosophy about creating a pure race is what fuels Planned Parenthood’s support of embryonic stem cell research? Margaret Sanger was a racist. She is responsible for the millions of babies that have been ethnically cleansed from our country and should not be celebrated by the taxpayer-funded Smithsonian.
Since racism is the charge being leveled at Planned Parenthood by anti-abortion activists, it would be interesting to know what African Americans think about such a powerful political movement suggesting they’ve willingly and blindly fallen under the wrath of a massive eugenics program. But of course, there’s nothing racist about that idea.
Watch the video here: