Alexis McGill Johnson was shocked one day when she walked down a street in New York City and saw a billboard of a little African American girl with the words, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.”
Shocked and angry, but not because of the truth of the statement.
Quite the opposite. In an interview with Elle magazine, Johnson, the CEO of Planned Parenthood, described how that billboard launched her into abortion advocacy back in 2011.
Today, Johnson runs the largest abortion chain in the U.S. Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar non-profit that does about 40 percent of all abortions in America – including more than 350,000 last year alone.
In the interview, Johnson, an African American, emphasized her work as CEO to confront the historic racism and discrimination at Planned Parenthood. However, she portrayed the killing of unborn babies in abortions as a way to combat racism rather than acknowledge that abortion is the greatest killer of black lives in America and it needs to end.
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She told Elle:
She was walking down a street in SoHo one afternoon in 2011, when she saw a billboard with a little Black girl’s face on it. “Thw girl was cute, so I got closer, and saw the words underneath her read, ‘The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb,’” McGill Johnson says. She expected to see such things when she visited her family in the South, but this was New York City. Soon enough, she once again found herself in the right room, attending a dinner with then-Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards, where she had a chance to tell Richards she needed to do something about those signs. Richards told her, “No, you do.” McGill Johnson joined Planned Parenthood’s board soon thereafter.
Johnson’s background is in political activism, and she has close ties to Vice President Kamala Harris’s sister, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry and a number of music industry leaders, according to the magazine.
After about a decade on Planned Parenthood’s board of directors, Johnson became the CEO after the board fired former CEO Leana Wen for “deemphasizing abortion,” the report noted.
Johnson bragged about how she has both emphasized Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices and its commitment to ending racism since taking on the new leadership role.
She said one of her goals is “to name race explicitly, to name intersectionality as our framework, and to decenter white women as the default in a movement that has traditionally been led by white women in order to build a more expansive, inclusive organization.”
In the spring, she published a column in the New York Times that finally admitted Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a racist.
“In the name of political expedience, [Sanger] chose to engage white supremacists to further her cause. In doing that, she devalued and dehumanized people of color,” Johnson wrote. “What we don’t want to be, as an organization, is a Karen. And sometimes, that’s how Planned Parenthood has acted. By privileging whiteness, we’ve contributed to America harming Black women and other women of color.”
She said she wrote the column because she felt a need to address the “systemic discrimination and racism” in the pro-abortion movement.
It’s a problem that pro-life advocates have been pointing out for years. Statistics clearly show that African American children and children with disabilities are aborted at alarming rates massively disproportionate to other groups.
But to Johnson, the answer to racism appears to be more abortions and more acceptance of it. She told Elle that she makes her family and friends feel uncomfortable because she talks so much about abortion.
According to the magazine:
“My friends and family always say, ‘Why do you talk about abortion so much? Don’t you want to talk about the cancer screenings and the STI tests and all the other things Planned Parenthood does that people love?” Johnson said. “They would rather me talk about chlamydia than abortion, quite frankly, but honey, abortion is healthcare.” And not talking about abortion, or downplaying it as minor portion of Planned Parenthood’s work, is stigmatizing. “Not being able to have a meaningful conversation around the role abortion may play in someone’s life makes them more vulnerable to making decisions that will truly harm them in their lives,” McGill Johnson says. “So I think it’s really important to be candid and full-throated in our support.”
Though abortions hurt families of every race and culture, statistics indicate that abortions disproportionately hurt the African American community. Census data indicates that African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they have nearly 40 percent of all abortions. And New York City health statistics indicate that more African American babies are aborted in the city than are born each year.
The National Black Pro-Life Coalition estimates about 20 million unborn black babies have been aborted since 1973 in the U.S. And a recent study by Life Issues Institute found that 86 percent of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities are located in or near African American and Latino neighborhoods.
Yet, as Johnson implied to Elle, Planned Parenthood supports more abortions – more dead children and more hurting mothers and fathers who realized too late the irreversible, life-destroying impact of abortion. The answer to racism and discrimination is not to kill more unborn children by abortion. The answer is to create a society that respects and values every human being, no matter what their age, skin color, abilities, level of development or location, born or unborn.