Herman Cain Blasts Planned Parenthood, Abortion Biz Attacks Him
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 3/15/11 6:24 PM
During a presentation before a set of conservative bloggers in the nation’s capital today, likely Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, a pro-life businessman, bashed the Planned Parenthood abortion business — which went after him in return.
The African-American then went further and talked about the racial overtones behind the founding of the abortion business by Margaret Sanger.
“You probably don’t hear a lot of people talking about this,” Cain said. “When Margaret Sanger – check my history – started Planned Parenthood, the objective was to put these centers in primarily black communities so they could help kill black babies before they came into the world.”
“It’s planned genocide. It’s carrying out its original mission,” he said. “I’ve talked to young girls who go in there, and they don’t talk about how you plan parenthood. They don’t talk about adoption as an option. They don’t say, ‘Well, bring your parents in so we can sit down and talk with you, and counsel with you before you make this decision.’”
In a statement to CNN, Veronica Byrd, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s director of African-American Media, responded to Cain’s comments, saying he is using “inflammatory and divisive language based on race to achieve extreme political goals.”
“Herman Cain is clearly out of the mainstream by supporting an extreme proposal that would bar Planned Parenthood health centers from receiving federal funds for any purpose,’ she said. “The care that Planned Parenthood provides benefits all women, especially African-American women who experience higher rates of illness.”
But black women also experience higher rates of abortions, according to national and state-level statistics.
A February report the Centers for Disease Control issued showed abortions fell in 2007 to their second lowest level in the last 10 years. But, looking at the women from the 25 areas that reported abortions and cross-classified race/ethnicity data for 2007, black women accounted for 34.4% of all abortions despite being less than 20 percent of the national population of women. The CDC found black women had the highest abortion rates (32.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years) and ratios (480 abortions per 1,000 live births).
Still, Bryd cited for CNN a study she claims “found that fewer than one in 10 abortion clinics are located in predominantly African-American neighborhoods” even though new abortion centers Planned Parenthood recently built in Houston, Portland and Chicago are located in the heart of minority communities.
Cain is a businessman who is the first Republican to start an exploratory committee to gauge the potential for running a campaign for the GOP nomination to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama in 2012. Little known outside of fiscally conservative circles, where he has been a fixture at Tea Party events pushing lower taxes, Cain is a national talk radio show host who resides in Georgia.
In January, Cain also went after Planned Parenthood.
“I absolutely would defund Planned Parenthood — not because I don’t believe in planning parenthood, [but because] Planned Parenthood as an organization is an absolute farce on the American people,” he said.
Cain, who is African-American, accused the abortion business of engaging in a racist agenda. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/01/17/on-martin-luther-king-day-blacks-face-racial-challenge-from-abortion/
“People who know the history of Margaret Sanger, who started Planned Parenthood, they know that the intention was not to help young women who get pregnant to plan their parenthood. No — it was a sham to be able to kill black babies,” he added.
Cain also talked about his pro-life views in general and alluded to judicial appointments.
“I believe that life begins at conception, period. And that means that I will have to see enough evidence that someone I would appoint shares that same view. I believe that the current Supreme Court is leaning too much to the liberal side,” he said. “I’m a Christian, I’ve been a Christian all my life. I’ve been a believer in the Bible since I was 10 years old. I’m very active in my church, and there is no way I would compromise my religious beliefs about the sanctity of life. And so it starts with, will they have demonstrated in their career, in some of their other rulings, if they come from the federal judge bench, whether or not they also share that.”
“Because I believe that the principles that our Founding Fathers cherished, when they founded this country, and wrote the Declaration of Independence which inspired the Constitution, they were based upon biblical principles. I want to get back to those principles as president, if I run and get elected — not rewrite those documents,” he added.