Planned Parenthood Should Drop Margaret Sanger Award

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 10, 2011   |   8:03PM   |   Washington, DC

The Susan B. Anthony List has sent a letter to the president of the Planned Parenthood abortion business, Cecile Richards, demanding the organization scrap its annual award named after its founder, Margaret Sanger.

Planned Parenthood recently distanced itself from Sanger after Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain criticized her support for “planned genocide” of African-Americans.

Excerpts of the letter follow:

…In response to Mr. Cain’s historically accurate account of Sanger’s mission as the founder of Planned Parenthood, a spokesperson for your organization was quoted saying, “For all her positive work, Margaret Sanger made statements some 80 years ago that were wrong then and are wrong now.”

However, this denunciation of Sanger is hardly consistent with the praise and veneration Planned Parenthood has afforded this well-known eugenicist. In fact, each year Planned Parenthood Federation of America awards its “highest honor,” the Margaret Sanger award, as recognition of “leadership, excellence, and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement.”

Planned Parenthood’s annual tribute to Sanger, despite her appalling and deplorable statements, as well as your organization’s mission of population control, as explained in your Mission Statement found on IRS tax returns, can only lead one to logically conclude that Planned Parenthood was in fact founded and designed in part for the purpose of preventing specifically targeted groups of people from having children.

If, in fact, this is no longer the purpose and mission of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, it is your responsibility as President to clarify this contradiction by eliminating all reference to, and praise of, Margaret Sanger, by eliminating or renaming the Margaret Sanger award, the organization’s “highest honor,” and removing any and all affirmative mention from your organization’s website, publications and historical accounts of the woman your spokesperson claimed has “no bearing” on the services Planned Parenthood provides.

The host of a CBS program asked Cain about comments he made in January saying he opposes the racist agenda of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business.

“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 then. “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.”

In the new interview, Cain says, “I still stand by that. If people go back and look at the history and look at Margaret Sanger’s own words, that’s exactly where that came from What I’m saying is, Planned Parenthood isn’t sincere about wanting to try to counsel them not to have abortions.”

“Seventy-five percent of those facilities were built in the black community. In Margaret Sanger’s own words, she didn’t use the word ‘genocide,’ but she did talk about preventing the increasing number of poor blacks in this country by preventing black babies from being born,” Cain told the program.