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Planned Parenthood: The Secret History

Planned Parenthood is an organization that provides “reproductive health” services; that’s code, by the way, for abortions. In fact, they are the country’s leading provider of abortions. In 2007, as reported on their own Web site, Planned Parenthood provided 305,310 abortions. Planned Parenthood actively opposes reasonable laws intended to reduce abortions such as laws requiring parental consent for girls under the age of 18 to have an abortion. Planned Parenthood also promotes the use of what it calls “emergency contraception” which is actually the abortion pill, mifepristone (called RU-486 when it was being developed).

The actual purpose of this post is not to go into detail regarding the atrocities of this organization; what I want to do is delve into the history of how Planned Parenthood was started. In 1921 Margaret Sanger incorporated the American Birth Control League, which later, in 1942, changed its name to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. Since then, it has grown to about 880 clinic locations in the United States, 80 percent of which, according to Jonah Goldberg, are in or near minority communities.

Sanger “sought to ban reproduction of the unfit and regulate reproduction for everybody else.” Sanger wrote in her 1922 book The Pivot of Civilization, “more children from the fit, less from the unfit–this is the chief issue of birth control.” Her book featured an introduction by H.G. Wells where he said, “we want fewer and better children…and we cannot make the social life and the world-peace we are determined to make, with the ill-bred, ill-trained swarms of inferior citizens that you inflict on us.” Both Sanger and Wells were committed Progressives and both supportive of eugenics.

In her “Code to Stop Overproduction of Children,” published in 1934, Sanger decreed that “no woman shall have a legal right to bear a child without a permit…no permit shall be valid for more than one child.” “In a trope that would be echoed by later feminists such as Betty Friedan, she argued that motherhood itself was a socially imposed constraint on the liberty of women.” In 1939 Sanger created the “Negro Project,” which aimed to get blacks to adopt birth control. The project’s racist intent was clear, as the report read, “The mass of significant Negroes still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the increase among Negroes…is [in] that portion of the population least intelligent and fit.”

For those that say the American Birth Control League and Margaret Sanger is in the past and not relevant to today’s Planned Parenthood, Faye Wattleton, Planned Parenthood’s first black president, would disagree. She said she was “proud” to be “walking in the footsteps of Margaret Sanger” in her Humanist of the Year Acceptance Speech in 1986. Interestingly, though, today’s Planned Parenthood is in fact far more barbaric than Sanger ever imagined. Sanger actually denounced abortion as “barbaric” and called abortion doctors “bloodsucking men with M.D. after their names.”

I’ll leave you with this despicable, twisted Holiday greeting from Planned Parenthood’s website:

Quotes taken from Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning by Jonah Goldberg