More than 100 Black pro-life leaders urged the Planned Parenthood abortion chain to denounce its racist founder’s views in a letter Tuesday.
Organized by Human Coalition Action and the Frederick Douglass Foundation, the letter asks Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson to “confront the systemic racism of America’s abortion practices and to publicly renounce the racist legacy of your founder, Margaret Sanger.”
One affiliate of the abortion chain has already done so – in word, though not in deed. Earlier this summer, the Greater New York branch removed Sanger’s name from its abortion facility in Manhattan and distanced itself from her eugenics beliefs after hundreds of its own employees accused it of “systemic racism.”
But the affiliate and all the other Planned Parenthood branches across the U.S. still are aborting unborn Black babies at a high rate – a problem that pro-life advocates are demanding that it also stop.
“Since George Floyd’s tragic death in police custody, Planned Parenthood has openly voiced its support of the Black Lives Matter movement and its commitment to combating racism in all its forms,” the letter states.
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Yet, the abortion chain has refused to acknowledge “the iniquity that your abortion practices perpetrate against Black lives,” it continues.
While abortions harm families of every race and culture, they disproportionately harm Black families. As the letter noted, statistics show that while Black Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S. population, they have 36 percent of all abortions. According to the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate among Black women is almost five times higher than it is among white women. And in New York City, health data indicates that more Black babies are aborted than are born alive annually.
The pro-life leaders said they do not believe it is coincidental that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are located in or near minority communities and pointed to Sanger’s beliefs as evidence.
Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood in New York in 1916, was a well-known eugenicist who believed certain groups of human beings were “weeds,” “reckless breeders” and “morons” who should not have children.
The pro-lifers urged Johnson not only to renounce Sanger’s views but also to take action to protect all lives, born and unborn.
“Ms. Johnson, your words about the Black Lives Matter movement ring hollow while your organization perpetuates this racist legacy,” they wrote. “Can Planned Parenthood really claim to care for Black lives while remaining complicit in the targeting of Black pregnant women?”
Prominent pro-lifers who signed the letter include Dr. Alveda King, former New England Patriots player Benjamin Watson, Louisiana pro-life Democrat Sen. Katrina Jackson, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, evangelical Bishop Wellington Boone, Heritage Foundation president Kay James and Rev. Dean Nelson, the executive director of Human Coalition Action.
Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar abortion chain that aborted more than 345,000 unborn babies last year. Also a powerful political group, it donates tens of millions of dollars to Democrats’ political campaigns.