New York’s Planned Parenthood chapter makes a change

One bright spot amid the otherwise reckless “cancel culture” war on America’s heritage is a long-overdue look at the history of Planned Parenthood.

The nation’s leading provider of abortions, Planned Parenthood is responsible for literally millions of abortions of unborn children.  Thus, companies that work with or contribute to it are screened out of Timothy Plan’s portfolio. 

Timothy Plan’s filter on Life states that:

“Life is a precious gift from God—even from the moment of conception. This screen seeks to protect the life of the unborn by screening out companies involved in the abortion industry, including fetal tissue research and the manufacturing and distribution of abortifacients.”

Timothy Plan sponsors the House of Hope in Orlando, Choices Women’s Clinic and other pro-life organizations and events.    

Pro-life Americans have often tried to alert people that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist, a fact that the media have deliberately kept hidden for obvious reasons. The eugenics movement in America, which was much admired by Adolph Hitler, was dedicated to “improving” the human race by eliminating people who were thought of lesser value, such as people born with physical problems or of races other than white.

Now, Planned Parenthood of New York has announced that it will scratch Sanger’s name from its Manhattan clinic because of her “racist” legacy and role in the eugenics movement. 

“The removal of Margaret Sanger’s name from our building is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color,” wrote Karen Seltzer, the chapter’s chairman.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 38 percent of U.S. abortions have been committed on black women, even though blacks account only for 13 percent of the population, as cited in William McGurn’s Wall Street Journal column, “Margaret Sanger Gets Canceled.”  Nearly 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion clinics are within walking distance of minority neighborhoods, according to a study by the Life Issues Institute.

In 1939, Sanger was instrumental in the founding of The Negro Project, which introduced birth control into black populations. In a letter to Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, a birth control advocate and designer of a campaign to get blacks to support birth control, she recommended recruiting black pastors:

“The ministers work is also important and also he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

Although her defenders deny today that she wanted to actually destroy the black population and was worried only about being misunderstood, her motives are suspect. 

In her autobiography, she wrote about speaking to a Ku Klux Klan group and supported a “breeding” program for “the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extinction, of defective stocks — those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.”

In their 1991 book “Blessed Are the Barren: The Social Policy of Planned Parenthood,” Robert Marshall and Charles Donovan cite chapter and verse about Sanger’s leftist activism and philosophy.

“In 1911, she began a long career of radical activism working with such leftist stalwarts as Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, Bill Heywood, and later with John Reed, the author of the Red Revolutionary tract, ‘Ten Days that Shook the World,’” they wrote, adding that, “Reed is the only American whose remains are interred inside the Kremlin. (Sanger helped finance his trip to Russia.)”   

Will the rest of the Planned Parenthood Federation’s chapters follow New York’s lead and begin decoupling Sanger from the abortion industry’s largest “provider?”

Ironically, the New York chapter’s original bylaws said the group’s mission was “to develop and organize on sound eugenic, social and medical principles, interest in and knowledge of birth control through the state of New York as permitted by law.”

Having seen with horror where eugenics led in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s, the New York group rewrote its bylaws and dropped the word “eugenics” in 1943, according to “Blessed Are the Barren.”

Some 87 years later, Sanger herself is being “outed” for her radically callous views, whose legacy is the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling and the abortions of more than 60 million unborn children in America – and counting.

On October 4, 2020, Timothy Plan will sponsor Life Chain Orlando, one of the largest such events in the nation.

“The abortion genocide must stop,” said Timothy Plan founder and CEO Art Ally, who organized the first Orlando Life Chain in 1991.  

“There is no longer any excuse (actually, there never was) to deny the unique humanity of each baby in the womb at every stage of life. We look forward to joining with other pro-life advocates to send a message of hope against this evil practice.”  

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