A woman with ties to a well-known racist group has been dis-invited from a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood.
Though the abortion chain itself has links to racism and eugenics through its founder Margaret Sanger, it tries to hide its unsavory past by claiming to serve minority groups and fight for their rights.
On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood Northwest and Hawaii announced that Tamika Mallory, a Women’s March organizer who is connected to the Nation of Islam, no longer is the keynote speaker for its spring fundraiser, the Washington Examiner reports.
Mallory has close and long-standing ties to anti-Semitic and racist Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, according to the report. Farrakhan once praised Nazi leader Adolf Hitler as a “very great man” and claimed Jewish people organized the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to Forward.
A spokesperson for the abortion chain said they want to make it clear that they reject all forms of bigotry.
“When historic numbers of women took to the streets more than a year ago, it was to stand up and say they stood for women’s rights, equity and justice — for people of ALL backgrounds, identities, and ideologies,” the abortion chain said in announcing the cancellation. “When leaders of the Women’s March — or any allied group — stray from these aspirations, we will do everything we can to help them return to our shared mission.”
Here’s more from the report:
Mallory has come under harsh criticism in the past few weeks over her longstanding support for Farrakhan, including attending one of his rallies last month. “Thank God this man is still alive and doing well,” she wrote on her social media last year. …
In response to the controversy, Mallory wrote an article on Wednesday that did not include an apology or a denunciation of Farrakhan.
Negative publicity about Mallory’s connection to Farrakhan appears to be what really prompted Planned Parenthood to cancel her appearance.
The abortion chain itself has ties to racist groups, Margaret Sanger having once spoken to the KKK. In modern times, African American pro-life leaders say Planned Parenthood specifically targets blacks and other minorities for abortions. A study by Protecting Black Life found 79 percent of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods.
In addition, black Americans have a disproportionately high number of abortions compared to other racial groups. According to census data, African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population but have about 30 percent of the abortions.
African-American teenage abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average. The African American abortion rate is 41 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19, according to a study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute. The national average abortion rate is 18 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19.
Given these statistics and Planned Parenthood being the largest abortion chain in America, it’s difficult not to believe that the abortion chain canceled Mallory’s speech primarily just to save itself from negative publicity.