Founder: Margaret Higgins Sanger (September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966)
What people know: Sanger was an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse. Sanger spread the term birth control, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established organizations that later became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In New York City, she organized the first birth control clinic staffed by all-female doctors, as well as a clinic in Harlem with an entirely African-American staff.
What people don’t know: Sanger believed that lighter-skinned races were superior to darker-skinned races, and admitted to speaking at KKK rallies.
In her efforts to promote birth control, Sanger found common cause with supporters of eugenics, believing that they both sought to “assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit.”
Sanger was an advocate of negative eugenics, which goal is to improve human hereditary traits through social intervention by decreasing reproduction by those considered “unfit”.
Sanger’s Ugly Legacy:
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood “believes”:
- In the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence.
- The reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual’s right to privacy.
- This self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life and strong family relationships.
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.
- Abortion Increases Where Clinics Are Located
- 94% Are Located in Predominantly Black Urban Areas, where black women live, according to Dr. LaVerne Tolbert, former Planned Parenthood Board Member.
- In her own African American neighborhood in California, Tolbert says, there are three strategically placed abortion clinics all in the same area.
- Abortion is the Civil Rights Issue of the 21st Century.” Dr. Alveda King
- Black children are aborted at 3 times the rate of any other population.
“In fact, black children are aborted at three times the rate of all other populations,” according to Catherine Davis, Director of Minority Outreach for Georgia Right to Life. In Georgia, black people make up only 30% of the population, but 57% of the abortions. Georgia is number one in the country for reported abortions performed on black women.
Did you know?
On February 17, national black leaders are joining a two-party group of black and white Georgia legislators with the purpose to end what is being called “the ugliest form of racism: Abortion.” That’s right, they want to end it, not make it safe and legal.
Civil rights leaders didn’t fight to make hanging and all forms of execution safe and legal, they terminated it. Every civil rights movement made in education, voting and equality holds no meaning to a dead black child.