15 Jul

Judge rules abortion businesses can sell women abortion pill without office visit during pandemic

via Live Action News July 13, 2020 at 07:26PM

A federal judge suspended a rule on Monday that required women seeking the abortion pill to visit a hospital, clinic, or medical office to obtain the pill. Abortion businesses have been using COVID-19 as a loophole to promote dangerous do-it-yourself abortions rather than lose money from abortion sales during the pandemic.

REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) is a drug safety protocol that the FDA can place on certain drugs that carry a risk of serious complications. In this case, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of the pro-abortion American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists asking for an emergency order to forgo the REMS regulation that requires patients to go to a medical facility to obtain the abortion pill, known as mifepristone.

Siding with the abortion industry—which has no interest in women’s safety—U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang ruled that “in-person requirements” for obtaining the abortion pill create a “substantial obstacle” to abortion. He said that “in light of the limited timeframe during which a medication abortion or any abortion must occur, such infringement on the right to an abortion would constitute irreparable harm.”

However, it is the opposite that is true. Taking the abortion pill without first receiving an examination can cause women great physical harm.

The “timeframe” Chuang wrote of does not have anything to do with a woman’s health. It is not imperative that a woman undergoes an abortion as she would need to undergo chemotherapy. Abortion is not about healing her or extending her life, but about ending the life of her child. This “timeframe” is the space between fertilization and birth — birth being the moment when a human being finally earns his humanity by simply passing through the birth canal.

The abortion industry denies the humanity of the children it kills, and in its desire to push to allow DIY abortions, affirms that it doesn’t care about the lives of women either.

READ: ‘No test’ abortion isn’t the abortion industry’s response to COVID-19. They planned it years ago.

The purpose of undergoing a physical examination before taking the abortion pill is to ensure the gestational age of the child is not more than 10 weeks, that the woman is either Rh negative or positive, and that the pregnancy is not ectopic. In any of these cases, taking the abortion pill poses a potential health risk to the woman, including the possibility of future pregnancy loss, hysterectomy, and death.

In the video below, former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino describes the abortion pill process and the potential risks to women who take it:

 

Twenty-four known women, including 18-year-old Holly Patterson, have died after taking the abortion pill. Patterson died seven days after beginning the abortion pill regimen—the same day she was scheduled to return to Planned Parenthood for her followup to ensure the abortion was complete. Yet the abortion industry doesn’t think women need to be seen in person at all and has recently begun promoting “no test” abortion, which is exactly what it sounds like—no lab tests, no confirmation of gestational age, no ruling out of life-threatening ectopic pregnancy before the pill is dispensed.

Thousands of additional women have experienced serious complications and even hospitalizations from taking the abortion pill, but it is impossible to know the true number of complications. Half of all U.S. states aren’t even required to report complications from abortions, and some abortion groups instruct women to lie when they go to the emergency room and claim they are having natural miscarriages.

According to a report in MedGenMed, “In the first trimester, when chemical abortions are supposed to take place, the pills cause 4x the complications as surgical abortion. In fact, ‘the risk of death appears to be 10 times greater with medical abortion (chemical abortion) than with surgical abortion.’”

In addition, if the abortion pill were to fail, the woman would be at risk of infection. Women can also suffer extreme blood loss that may require hospitalization and blood transfusions. “For the about 5 percent of women whose babies are not killed and expelled by the drugs, a surgery is required basically to save the woman’s life as infection can set in if the dead infant or tissue remains in a woman’s womb to fester,” stated MedGenMed.

Live Action founder and president Lila Rose issued a statement in response to today’s news, saying in part:

… The abortion pill regimen works by starving the developing embryo of nutrients and forcibly expelling him or her from the mother’s body. This lethal regimen is approved by the FDA to kill children up to the tenth week of pregnancy, though abortion businesses and clinical trials openly dispense it further into pregnancy. 

This is a sad day for women and children across the country. By pushing to enjoin the FDA REMS regulations, the abortion industry, which profits off of killing children, has revealed its ugly lack of care towards pregnant women. Our reporting shows that Danco, the abortion pill manufacturer, is veiled in secrecy….

The abortion pill doesn’t save women’s lives; it endangers them. To allow abortion businesses to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to profit off of risky DIY abortions is unethical and unacceptable.

Editor’s Note: This post was updated after publication with a statement from Lila Rose.

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15 Jul

ACLU Demands FDA Allow Abortion Businesses to Sell Deadly Abortion Pills by Mail

via LifeNews.com July 13, 2020 at 12:06PM

The American Civil Liberties Union is pushing to expand abortions by challenging U.S. Food and Drug Administration safety regulations on abortion drugs.

In a lawsuit filed in May, the pro-abortion legal group argued that the FDA should allow abortion drugs to be mailed to women, rather than prescribed in person at an abortion facility or doctor’s office.

It claimed the regulations on the abortion drug mifepristone could cause “life-threatening risks” to patients, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

The rule has “particularly severe implications for low-income people and people of color, who comprise a disproportionate share of impacted patients and who are already suffering and dying from COVID-19 at substantially higher rates,” the ACLU argued in the lawsuit.

The FDA requires that mifepristone be provided in-person by a medical professional to a woman who is up to 10 weeks pregnant. The drug is dangerous and can be deadly to the mother as well as her unborn baby.

The dangers of de-regulating the abortion drugs are being seen in England. In March, the British government temporarily allowed the abortion drugs to be mail-ordered during the pandemic. And already there are numerous reports of health and safety problems. In one case, authorities are investigating how a woman who was 28-weeks pregnant received the abortion drugs in the mail and used them to abort her viable, late-term unborn baby.

In the United States, mifepristone has been linked to at least 24 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications. Risks of mifepristone and misoprostol, the most common abortion drugs taken together to abort and then expel an unborn baby from the womb, include excessive bleeding, severe abdominal pain, infection and hemorrhage.

A 2009 study “Immediate Complications After Medical Compared With Surgical Termination of Pregnancy,” in Obstetrics and Gynecology found a complication rate of approximately 20% for the abortion drugs compared to 5.6% for surgical abortions. Hemorrhages and incomplete abortions were among the most common complications.

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Pro-abortion groups are not just aiming for a temporary suspension of the regulations either.

As National Review pointed out:

The plaintiffs insist that the COVID-19 outbreak is the reason for the suit, but in reality they are using the pandemic as cover to push for a policy they already wanted.

It is difficult to imagine that such a policy, if enacted, actually would be reversed when the COVID-19 outbreak dissipates. It is far easier to imagine that, if the policy were enacted and later reversed, the ACLU would then sue the government a second time. In fact, the ACLU already has a separate lawsuit pending against the Health and Human Services Department pushing to remove the safety regulations entirely.

The abortion drugs are used up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, and the FDA recommends that they be provided in-person by a licensed medical professional. In-person exams are important for dating the pregnancy; the abortion drugs do not work well later in pregnancy and potentially could lead to more complications. Exams also can detect ectopic pregnancies, which can be deadly on their own but especially so if the woman takes the abortion drugs.

Even pro-abortion President Barack Obama did not entirely do away with the regulations for mifepristone. His administration did loosen the regulations by allowing the drug to be prescribed later in pregnancy and allowing non-doctors to provide it, but it kept other regulations in place to protect women’s safety.

Pro-life leaders have been urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to protect lives by keeping the safety regulations in place. They also have raised concerns about the abortion drugs being used for forced abortions. A Wisconsin man is facing charges after he allegedly bought abortion drugs online and tried to force his girlfriend to take them.

The ACLU lawsuit is on behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, New York State Academy of Family Physicians, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, and a doctor.

15 Jul

ACLU Orders Full-Page Newspaper Ads Pressing Joe Biden On Abortion Rights – HuffPost

via “abortion” – Google News July 10, 2020 at 08:30PM


The American Civil Liberties Union has paid for full-page newspaper ads to run on Sunday that call on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to prioritize protecting abortion rights should he be elected.

The ads in the Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer ask, “Vice President Biden, will you lead on reproductive rights?” 

The ACLU will also send a letter to Biden’s campaign calling on him to follow through with his commitment to end the Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal money from being used to fund abortions. That makes the procedure inaccessible to many people who rely on federally funded health care. The ACLU called for Biden to act quickly to end the Hyde Amendment and other abortion restrictions.

Biden supports the right to abortion, but his record on the matter is mixed. Decades ago, Biden said the Supreme Court went “too far” in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights; he now says he would enshrine those rights into law. He supported the Hyde Amendment until last year, when he switched his position under heavy pressure from other Democratic presidential candidates and rights groups.

In May 2019, the ACLU captured Biden on video committing to end the Hyde Amendment. Now, the ACLU — which has drawn attention to abortion access through its “Rights for All” campaign — intends to hold Biden to his promise. 

The Hyde Amendment disproportionately targets people of low income, banning constitutionally protected health and medical services to individuals in that group, the ACLU said.

The ACLU also called on Biden to end the Weldon Amendment, which bars governments and groups from denying funds to organizations on the basis that they do not pay for or provide abortions. 

“After decades of attacks on reproductive freedom, which have accelerated during the Trump Administration, we demand leadership from the next president,” the letter said. “In the first 100 days of your presidency, you can make your priorities clear by striking the Hyde and Weldon amendments, and all abortion coverage restrictions, from your first budget and telling Congress that you won’t sign bills with abortion coverage restrictions.”

“The Time is NOW,” the group added.

The Biden campaign did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, is aligned with anti-abortion groups and has taken steps to restrict funding for the procedure, among other efforts. “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” Trump said at a March for Life rally in January in Washington.

Some Democrats have pushed to end the Hyde Amendment through Congress without success. A bill called the EACH Woman Act that would have repealed the amendment had 24 co-sponsors in the Senate and 181 co-sponsors in the House as of March 2019, when it was introduced.

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15 Jul

Margaret Sanger Wanted to “Exterminate” Black People. Planned Parenthood Calls Her a “True Visionary”

via LifeNews.com July 10, 2020 at 11:44AM

Margaret Sanger, opened the first birth control clinic in America, and then founded the American Birth Control League, which is now called Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood’s beginnings were steeped in eugenics and racism, and it continues today.

Even among superficial signs of damage control.

However, there was no evidence of that during Planned Parenthood’s 100th birthday celebration when they posted a fawning 18-page document praising Sanger’s life and accomplishments.

In part it read, “Sanger was a true visionary. In her lifetime, she convinced Americans and people around the world that they have basic human rights.” One of those Sanger-driven rights they say is “Everyone should be able to decide when or whether to have a child.”

But clearly, history shows that Sanger believed nothing of the sort. In an article titled America Needs a Code for Babies she wrote. “No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit for parenthood.”

And if she had anything to say about it there would be no permits given to those she called “weeds … overrunning the human garden.” She labeled them as “morons, misfits, and the maladjusted.”

Sanger’s primary mission in life was to cull out the misfits of humanity that were dragging society down. In an article titled Birth Control and Racial Betterment, she wrote, “Like the advocates of Birth Control, the eugenists, for instance, are seeking to assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit.”

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Sanger was asked to speak at a Ku Klux Klan rally and wrote about it in her book, Margaret Sanger, An Autobiography: “I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey … I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses … I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak … In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.”

Planned Parenthood has fiercely defended their founder because her racist agenda and attitude mirrors their own. Life Issues Institute analyzed census tracts surrounding every Planned Parenthood abortion facility. A stunning 79% of are within walking distance of Black and/or Hispanic neighborhoods. Racism is built into their current business model.

During this time of hypersensitivity to racial cohesiveness, statues have been vandalized or destroyed. Even a statue of Frederick Douglass, arguably one of America’s greatest heroes—an escaped slave, abolitionist, and brilliant self-made man—was pulled down, along with a failed attempt to throw it into the Genesee River. Ironically, in the face of such moronic destruction, a bust of Margaret Sanger remains in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, and she continues to be honored elsewhere.

But Sanger’s popularity could be living on borrowed time. Planned Parenthood’s highest annual honor, the Margaret Sanger Award, was quietly discontinued in 2016. Does this mean recipients Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi will toss theirs into the Potomac?

More recently, Planned Parenthood’s flagship affiliate, the Margaret Sanger Health Center in Manhattan now sports a new name according to its website: the Manhattan Health Center of New York, complete with an added #BlackLivesMatter page.

Don’t be fooled by superficial window dressing. Planned Parenthood continues to harbor (as their own staff charge) “systemic racism.”

LifeNews.com Note: Bradley Mattes is the President of Life Issues Institute, a national pro-life educational group.

10 Jul

‘Roe’ abortion decision could still be overturned at SCOTUS, law professor says – The Pilot

via “abortion” – Google News July 8, 2020 at 10:20AM


Denver Newsroom, Jul 7, 2020 CNA.-

Even after the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturned a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, one law professor says that longstanding abortion precedents could still be overturned, even if the makeup of the court does not change.

“Given the right case, a strong enough factual record developed by state legislatures and supported at trial, I believe that the current majority on the Supreme Court could overturn Roe and Casey, and return the question of abortion to the states to resolve through the usual political processes,” University of Notre Dame law professor O. Carter Snead told CNA July 7.

On June 29 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Louisiana law holding abortion clinics to the same standards as other surgical centers.

Its 5-4 decision in the case June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo ruled that the state’s law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital posed substantial obstacles to a woman’s access to abortion, without significant benefits to the safety of women.

The decision was written by Justice Stephen Breyer, with Chief Justice Roberts filing a concurring opinion. In his concurrence, Roberts said that Louisiana’s law imposed restrictions “just as severe” as those of a Texas law struck down by the court in 2016. Thus, according to the “legal doctrine of stare decisis,” he said, Louisiana’s law “cannot stand” because of the court’s previous ruling in 2016.

The Supreme Court heard a similar case about Texas safety regulations for clinics in the 2016 ruling Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

Roberts, long considered a skeptic of pro-abortion rights jurisprudence, had dissented from that 2016 ruling against the Texas law. He joined the dissent of Justice Clarence Thomas which criticized “the Court’s troubling tendency ‘to bend the rules when any effort to limit abortion, or even to speak in opposition to abortion, is at issue.’”

For Snead, the latest decision was disappointing, but also a “road map” for continued efforts.

He lamented that Roberts failed to join four other justices in “affirming the constitutionality of a modest health and safety law for women seeking abortions, namely, the requirement that abortion providers have hospital admitting privileges within thirty miles of where the abortion is performed.”

“Nothing in the Constitution forbids Louisiana from enacting such a law. But Chief Justice Roberts felt bound to strike it down under the prudential doctrine of stare decisis because it was so factually similar to a Texas law invalidated four years ago in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (in which Chief Justice Roberts dissented).”

Snead thought the four justices who dissented in the Louisiana case were right that stare decisis did not require rejecting the law.

However, even with the Supreme Court’s apparent dedication to a recent precedent, Snead was hopeful that pro-abortion rights decisions like 1973’s Roe v. Wade and 1992’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey could be overturned.

“No one in June Medical Services asked for Roe or Casey to be overturned, and Chief Justice Roberts applied Planned Parenthood v. Casey without affirming or endorsing it,” said Snead.

“He made it explicitly clear that he does not believe the Court can or should balance a woman’s self-determination against a state’s interest in the life of an unborn child. But this is the very calculus from whence the right to abortion came in Roe and Casey. So it’s clear that Chief Justice Roberts believes that Roe and Casey are conceptually unsustainable.”

“That leaves the issue of stare decisis as the final obstacle to convincing him to undo the injustice of Roe and Casey. It is clear from his concurrence that pro life litigants need to explain why principles of stare decisis do not require Casey and Roe to be sustained,” he said.

In a July 4 essay for the First Things website, “The Way Forward After June Medical,” Snead argued that Roberts’ concurrence is “the controlling opinion for purposes of precedent” and “leaves pro-life litigants on a better jurisprudential footing than before.”

“Most important, June is a road map for tailoring arguments to the new swing vote on abortion, Chief Justice Roberts,” Snead said. “It is certainly tempting to give up because there is still so far to go. But in the face of setbacks in the struggle for the equal protection of the law for every member of the human family, born and unborn, we must remind ourselves that none of it matters. We must find a way to win.”

Roberts’ concurrence acknowledged that the 2016 law was wrongly decided. For Snead, a case can be “readily made” to address Roberts’ concerns about precedent because of the unstable place of abortion in constitutional law. He wrote “it is built on outdated and dubious factual predicates.”

Snead told CNA that American jurisprudence on abortion “has never offered a stable, coherent, or predictable legal framework; it has been re-theorized multiple times, thus reducing its precedential standing; and there is no evidence that women have structured their lives around access to abortion, nor evidence that their personal or social flourishing depends on it.”

He said Roberts’ concurrence puts forward a “new standard.” If a state’s abortion restrictions face legal challenge, the state needs only “to demonstrate that it is pursuing a legitimate purpose via rational means.”

Then the state needs only rebut the plaintiff’s claims that the law at issue imposes a “substantial obstacle” to obtaining a pre-viability abortion. It remains to be seen how this standard will be applied, but Chief Justice Roberts noted that it is a more permissive test than “strict scrutiny,” as prescribed by Roe, Snead added.

“This is a very low standard that states can almost always meet,” said Snead, saying this standard allows states “far more latitude to restrict and regulate abortion than before.”

“Indeed, the Supreme Court just vacated and remanded for reconsideration two cases where lower courts had previously struck down a parental notice law and a law requiring an ultrasound 18 hours prior to an abortion,” Snead told CNA.

“States should continue to pass laws that respect and protect the intrinsic equal dignity of all human beings, born and unborn, and extend the basic protections of the law to unborn children and their mothers,” Snead said. He advised a combination of abortion restrictions and laws that strengthen “the social safety net” for pregnant mothers and families.

States should make it easier for men and women to care for their babies or, where not possible, to make an adoption plan, he suggested.

“And in our own lives, we all have the duty to extend to all our brothers and sisters, born and unborn, love, respect, and radical hospitality,” he said.

10 Jul

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Rakes in Millions From Coronavirus Funds Meant for Small Business

via LifeNews.com July 7, 2020 at 04:59PM

A federal loan program intended to help small businesses prevent layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic now shows that several loan recipients were Pennsylvania affiliates of Planned Parenthood – the abortion giant with revenues over $1.6 billion nationally in 2019.

“Planned Parenthood has never been shy about seeking taxpayer dollars to fund their abortion business, but this takes the cake,” said Michael Geer, President of Pennsylvania Family Institute.

“Even as thousands of businesses and non-profits were shut down by order of Governor Tom Wolf, he declared the abortion industry, including Planned Parenthood, to be ‘life-sustaining.’ So not only did Planned Parenthood continue, with Wolf’s blessing, to reap the profits from doing abortions at the peak of the pandemic (utilizing scarce PPE equipment like masks), now we find out they took millions of taxpayer dollars meant to help those small businesses truly impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown,” added Geer.

The Trump administration recently released information of businesses and nonprofits being granted loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Pennsylvania are shown to have received PPP loans (see the locations along with the range of the loan):

  1. Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA ($1 million – $2 million)
  2. Planned Parenthood Keystone ($350,000 – $1 million)
  3. BetterHealth – A Planned Parenthood partnership ($350,000 – $1 million)

BetterHealth states they exist “to leverage purchasing power for Planned Parenthood affiliate members for strategic business initiatives.”

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Abortion is big business for Planned Parenthood. They carry out 15,000 abortions in PA every year – half of the total abortions in the state. That’s over 42 abortions every day. Planned Parenthood’s statewide operations report over $275 million in revenue since 2011.

Last March, both Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA and Planned Parenthood Keystone announced their abortion-performing facilities will remain open “for abortion services only.” Planned Parenthood Keystone even requested private donations of Personal Protective Equipment so they could continue profiting from abortions.

The Small Business Administration (SBA), which administered the PPP loans, has reportedly informed local affiliates that they are ineligible under the program’s rules.

Over 26,000 Pennsylvania businesses were listed, showing approval for loans ranging from $150,000 to $10 million. Nationally, it has been reported that 38 Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for more than $80 million in forgivable loans through the CARES Act.

In addition to Planned Parenthood, SBA data shows other abortion related organizations receiving loans, such as the National Abortion Federation ($350,000 – $1 million) and the National Network of Abortion Funds ($350,000 – $ 1 million).

09 Jul

Kanye West comment renews focus on Planned Parenthood’s founder

via WND July 9, 2020 at 09:22AM

(FOXNEWS) — Kanye West’s recent bombshell interview with Forbes magazine, in which he announced a presidential bid, turned his back on President Trump and criticized Joe Biden, also reignited an old debate about the abortion industry’s controversial roots in the Black community.

West seemed to hold nothing back in the interview and, at one point, singled out Planned Parenthood, which he said has "been placed inside cities by White supremacists to do the Devil’s work.” The comment was a clear reference to Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger, whose support for eugenics and racially charged statements in a 1939 letter remain a source of pain for many in the Black community.

“How are we to breed a race of human thoroughbreds unless we follow the same plan?" Sanger wrote in 1924. "We must make this country into a garden of children instead of a disorderly back lot overrun with human weeds."

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07 Jul

South Carolina Abortions Increase Because Planned Parenthood is Killing More Babies

via LifeNews.com July 6, 2020 at 06:03PM

Abortions occurring in South Carolina increased by 455 in 2019 over 2018 with Planned Parenthood accounting for 57 percent of all the abortions and 86 percent of the increase in the number of abortions, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The total number of abortions occurring in South Carolina in 2019 is 5,101 over 4,646 in 2018.

The data also shows that while African-Americans make up 28 percent of the state’s population, 39 percent of the aborted babies are black. Planned Parenthood operates two abortion facilities in South Carolina: one in Columbia within walking distance of two historically black universities, and one in Charleston.

The next highest number of abortions occurred at the Greenville Women’s Clinic with 2,133. In that privately owned facility 1,293 white babies were aborted; 721 black babies were aborted, and 119 were listed as “other.”

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The Medical University of South Carolina, where most of the later-term abortions are performed, upped its unborn child-killing business from 25 babies in 2018 to 41 unborn babies in 2019.

While abortions at the Planned Parenthood in Charleston increased, the number dropped at the Columbia facility where the sidewalk ministry, A Moment of Hope, maintains a faithful presence offering pregnant women help to give birth.

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LifeNews Note: Holly Gatling is the executive director for South Carolina Citizens for Life.

07 Jul

Racist Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger Didn’t Think Black Lives Matter

via LifeNews.com July 6, 2020 at 04:40PM

“Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist, white woman.”

No, this sentence was not penned by some pro-life activist, pushing back against the whitewashing of the legacy of Margaret Sanger by Planned Parenthood. Astonishingly, it appears in a statement signed by hundreds of current Planned Parenthood employees and supporters.

The statement was issued last month to raise concerns about the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY), Laura McQuade (who has since been fired). In the statement, the employees expressed a litany of grievances against McQuade. But one of the charges is deeply ironic in light of the efforts Planned Parenthood has been making recently to show its support for the Black Lives Matter movement – namely that there existed a culture of “racism and anti-Blackness” at PPGNY under McQuade’s leadership.

The employees’ oddly forthright admission of Planned Parenthood’s racist history comes in the context of their complaints about an alleged lack of racial equity within the organization. After pointing out that Sanger was racist, the statement adds, “That is a part of history that cannot be changed. While efforts have been made to undo some of the harm from institutional racism, many of these issues have worsened under McQuade’s tenure.”

The statement is extraordinary in light of the enormous amount of energy Planned Parenthood and its shills in the mainstream media have put over the years into discrediting claims by the pro-life movement that Sanger was racist, and that her racism still permeates the organization. What the statement suggests is that even many within the organization know full well that this is simply propaganda.

Time to Tear Down Sanger’s Statue

In recent days and weeks, progressive protesters around the country – and indeed the world – have been tearing down statues, ostensibly motivated by the Black Lives Matter movement and the belief that the individuals depicted in the statues had some connection or another to slavery, racism, or bigotry.

This fit of iconoclasm is so indiscriminate that the rage of protesters has settled on just about any statue, so long as it depicts a white male who at some point possessed any sort of position of prominence or power. Late last month, for instance, Catholics watched with dismay as protesters in California toppled statues depicting St. Junipero Serra. Meanwhile, progressive activists are now targeting a famous statue of St. Louis, the holy medieval king, in the city of that name, demanding that it be removed.

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History is complicated, and being declared a saint does not mean that a person’s life was perfect, or that every decision he made was the right one. But history is quite clear that both of these saintly men ardently defended the rights of the weak, downtrodden and the exploited, often in direct opposition to the prejudices of their age.

As the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis pointed out in a recent statement, St. Louis instituted political reforms designed to protect the vulnerable from abuses of power, and was renowned for feeding beggars at his table, even washing their feet with his own hands, in imitation of Our Lord.

Unfortunately, the same concern for the vulnerable is not evident in the lives of other famous historical figures, whose statues have remained untouched, and whose legacies have gone unquestioned by the progressive iconoclasts. Arguably one of the worst of these, the one whose legacy has resulted in the worst harm to the lives and welfare of minority communities, is Margaret Sanger, whose bust is prominently on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Where men like St. Junipero Serra and St. Louis spent their lives striving to put into action their Christian belief in the fundamental dignity and equality of all human beings made in the image and likeness of God, and to proactively apply this belief to those in society most marginalized and vulnerable to exploitation, the same cannot be said of Sanger. Instead, Sanger adhered to the deeply inhuman and exploitative theory of eugenics, a theory that had deep ties to explicit racism.

Sanger’s Racist Eugenics

To examine Sanger’s writings is to take a trip into a horrific world of dehumanizing rhetoric and even more dehumanizing practical programs. For Sanger the world was divided into the “fit” and the “unfit” – those who she deemed worthy of being allowed to reproduce, so as to increase the quality of the human race, and those who should be forcibly prevented from reproducing through compulsory sterilization and segregation.

“The first step would be to control the intake and output on morons, mental defectives, epileptics,” she wrote in a document called My Way to Peace. “The second step would be to take an inventory of the second group, such as illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, dope-fiends; classify them in special departments under government medical protection and segregate them on farms and open spaces.”

“Segregate them on farms and open spaces.” In other words, concentration camps for the unfit.

The state, she urged, must “apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization, and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.” In all, she estimated that some five million “mental and moral degenerates” would have to be segregated.

In the end, inspired by her thinking and that of other eugenicists, dozens of U.S. states did put in place forcible sterilization programs, in which tens of thousands of people deemed unfit were sterilized – an enormous black eye on this country’s human rights record.

Given the rampant racism at the time, especially among eugenicists, it is not surprising that Sanger focused efforts on curtailing the fertility of racial minorities. While scholars debate the extent to which Sanger was motivated by racism as such, as opposed to the racist implications of her eugenic beliefs, which tended to view poor, impoverished minority communities as less developed members of the human race, it is uncontroversial that she explicitly strove to disseminate birth control among minority communities through the so-called Negro Project.

In one infamous letter about that project, Sanger even appears to suggest that her organization was seeking to “exterminate” the blacks. While some people claim that Sanger’s meaning in the letter has been misunderstood, what is certain is that she speaks of blacks in that letter with painful dismissiveness, condemning their “ignorance, superstition, and doubts.” It is also verifiable that on at least one occasion she spoke to a meeting of the Ku Klux Klan.

On another occasion, she wrote these astonishingly dehumanizing words about the Australian indigenous peoples: “The lower down in the scale of human development we go, the less sexual control we find. It is said the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development, has so little sexual control that police authority alone prevents him from obtaining sexual satisfaction on the streets.”

Sanger’s Racism Still Infects Planned Parenthood

Pro-life activists have long pointed out that the racist DNA of eugenics is still very much at work in Planned Parenthood. Just as Sanger targeted poor minority communities for her eugenic efforts, so too does her organization to this day. According to one study, 79% of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods.

Tragically, the abortion numbers among black and other minority communities are catastrophically high, in comparison to the average population. In New York City, for instance, the latest numbers show that more black babies are aborted every year than are born alive. Across the country, the black abortion rate is three to four times that of the general population.

One black pro-life leader who has been calling attention to this black genocide happening within the borders of our own cities is Ryan Bomberger, the founder of The Radiance Foundation. In one powerful image put out by his organization, Bomberger notes: “Planned Parenthood: The leading killer of unarmed black lives.”

In a powerful op-ed penned response to the condemnations of the Charlottesville rallies a few years ago, Bomberger wrote: “I’m no fan of the Confederate battle flag or anything from that defeated nation, but if you want to tear down present vestiges of ‘white supremacy’, let’s start with Planned Parenthood.”

“Yes,” he continued, “the nation’s leading abortion chain birthed in eugenic racism and elitism. They seem to inject themselves into every social issue these days, using $554.6 million annual taxpayer dollars to pander, no matter what. They’ve been tweeting about Charlottesville and bringing an ‘end to white supremacy’. Uhhh, that would be like Penthouse wanting to bring an end to pornography….”

He concludes: “Planned Parenthood kills over 260 unarmed black lives every day in America, yet the Left praises them.”

The fact is, in their vocal support for Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood is simply moving the deck chairs, hoping that we will ignore the fact that they have done nothing to fundamentally reject the core values of Margaret Sanger. They are perpetuating her legacy by supporting the programs she inaugurated, and the result has been the death of untold millions of innocent African American babies over the decades.

Those hundreds of New York Planned Parenthood employees were right to label Sanger a racist, and her organization tainted by institutional racism. But if they want to repudiate that legacy, then they must renounce Planned Parenthood outright and all it stands for and close its doors. Doing so would be one of the greatest victories for racial justice in our country’s history.

LifeNews Note: Fr. Shenan J. Boquet is the president of Human Life International. Reprinted with the permission of Human Life International at hli.org.