This past Tuesday, Planned Parenthood announce the launch their “99 Dream Keepers” project to honor 99 African Americans who have given “strength and inspiration” to the women rights movement as part of its 2015 commemoration of Black History Month – one honoree for every year since Planned Parenthood was founded by notorious eugenicist Margaret Sanger in 1916.
Left out of the celebration is this grim statistic.
Among the many contributions Planned Parenthood has made to African American history is the abortion of 13 million black babies since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States – an abortion rate that is four times higher than that of white Americans over the same period.
Writing for Truth Revolt.org, commentator Bradford Thomas notes that in one part of their Dream Keeper’s tribute, Planned Parenthood talks about “break[ing] down barriers to opportunity posed by poverty, racism, and sexism” in what has been “complicated” history regarding the black community”.
Some may read this as a reference to Sanger’s eugenics campaign to “purify” the race as outlined in her provocative 1922 book “Woman, Morality, and Birth Control” where she writes:
We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the 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 to any of their more rebellious members.
This is also worthy of note.
It is widely believed that Sanger’s writings influenced Adolf Hitler formulation of his “master race” policy known as Lebensborn (source of life). As Jonah Goldberg writes in National Review:
“As editor of The Birth Control Review, Sanger regularly published the sort of hard racists we normally associate with Goebbels or Himmler.”… and “when the Nazi eugenics program was first getting wide attention, The Birth Control Review was quick to cast the Nazis in a positive light, giving over its pages for an article titled “Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need,” by Ernst Rüdin, Hitler’s director of sterilization and a founder of the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene.”
The honorees include Ava DuVernay for her “paradigm-shifting filmmaking”, Cherisse Scott for her leadership of “the Reproductive Justice movement” and Laverne Cox’s “gender-busting art and advocacy” – all of whom “connect us to each other” and “inspire us to break down barriers to opportunity posed by poverty, racism, and sexism.”
You would think these honorees would take pride in the recognition afforded them by Planned Parenthood Action Fund but you might be wrong. In concluding their Black History Month announcement, Planned Parenthood Action Fund added this disclaimer:
The individuals on this list were selected by Planned Parenthood Action Fund in recognition of their public accomplishments. Inclusion on this list does not imply an endorsement of, or affiliation with, Planned Parenthood by any individual listed.