She called it “racial betterment”
The ugly history of Planned Parenthool
By Stacy Long
Margaret Sanger was no child advocate, but on October 16, 1916, she gave birth to an entity of which she was immensely proud – America’s first birth control clinic, an abortion facility that grew into Planned Parenthood. Few promises of the birth control revolution have paid out, but its practice of “racial cultivation,” or eugenics, has had astonishing success.
Sanger linked birth control with eugenics and described eugenic success as the highest end of birth control. In an article titled “Birth Control and Racial Betterment,” she wrote, “Before eugenicists and others laboring for racial betterment can succeed, they must clear the way for birth control. Like advocates of birth control, eugenicists are seeking to assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit.”
The target: blacks, minorities
In that era, many automatically categorized blacks as inferior and susceptible to the problems Sanger was determined to solve.
“Eugenics is the most adequate avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems,” she promised in an article titled “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda.”
Sanger enlisted Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, Southern regional birth control director, to promote contraceptives to solve those “racial problems” through the 1939 Negro Project. Sanger feared blacks would view the Negro Project as an extermination plot, and she explained to Gamble that promotion of birth control might be best left to their own trusted leaders, saying, “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.”
Even then, African-Americans were slow to utilize birth control methods.
According to www.blackgenocide.org, in 1964, Planned Parenthood chairman Donald B. Strauss fretted, “Almost one fourth of nonwhite parents have four or more children … only eight percent of white couples have that many children.” Thereafter, abortion clinics were more strategically located in areas adjacent to concentrations of black population, according to the website.
The strategy produced results. In 2011, the Guttmacher Institute reported that the “abortion rate among African-American women is higher than for both Hispanic and white women: 40.2 per 1,000, compared with 28.7 and 11.5, respectively.”
And so Sanger’s legacy of “racial betterment” insidiously crept into the heart of the African-American community by posing as a friend.
The truth: exposing PP’s agenda
Fortunately, some African-Americans are alert to this internal enemy.
Rev. Arnold Culbreath is the antithesis of Sanger’s model minister – he is the man to straighten out the lie that abortion is not exterminating the black population. A founding member of National Black Pro-Life Coalition, and Director of Protecting Black Life, the Urban Outreach Initiative of Life Issues Institute, Culbreath leads the effort in educating African-Americans on abortion’s threat to their population.
Culbreath explained, “The black community is largely unaware, and that is why we work hard across the country to educate and activate the black community. There is the misbelief in the black community that Planned Parenthood is their friend. It’s a lie.”
He pointed out a few telling statistics from the Protecting Black Life website: “Abortion is the leading cause of death in the black community, two out of three of Planned Parenthood’s facilities are in black communities and 70% of their facilities are in minority neighborhoods.”
To Culbreath this proves that African-Americans are targeted in the “reproductive racism [of] Margaret Sanger, [who] was a racist, a eugenicist – she believed in the preservation of superior races, which did not include people that look like me.”
The lie: abortion is a solution
Planned Parenthood deceives African-American women into leading the country’s abortion rates with ragged promises of economic advancement, health care provisions and freedom from personal burdens. However, Culbreath said these promises are bankrupt. “It has not changed unplanned pregnancies or the economic status of African-Americans,” he asserted. “I don’t think that was their agenda at all, but part of their masterful marketing.”
Despite its claims, Planned Parenthood is not interested in the well-being of women.
“Abortion is not health care,” Culbreath insisted. “They do not even acknowledge post-abortion issues. They want you to have this short procedure and then go on with your life, when women, men and families are impacted for years to come. They try to convince them it gets rid of a problem, but don’t inform them it creates a whole host of new problems.”
The cost: physical, emotional pain
As a young black woman, LaTonia Jackson, community coordinator at Protecting Black Life, has experienced the pain of abortion firsthand.
“It was the summer before my junior year of high school, and abortion was the only solution offered to me,” she told AFA Journal. “At the abortion facility, I asked if there were other options, but they convinced me abortion was best. During the ultrasound, I had questions, but they would not answer my questions clearly or let me look at the screen.
“If they cared about my well-being, they would have told me of the emotional problems and health complications that could result from abortion. Immediately after I left the clinic, the reality that I just killed my child hit me like a ton of bricks. I struggled with breakdowns triggered by anything that reminded me my baby was aborted. Two years later, I received emergency surgery on my uterus due to complications from the abortion.”
She warned other women not to be misled by the false promises of the abortion industry: “It will cost you not to have your child. Whether a woman gives birth or chooses to abort, her life is changed forever. If the abortion industry truly cared about women’s health, they would educate women about abortion’s negative impact and would fully inform women about their pregnancy and how ending that pregnancy will drastically affect their lives forever.”
The fruit: genocide
Culbreath said it is not difficult to ascertain the abortion industry’s true agenda by looking at its fruit.
“What we see is that abortion is the leading cause of death in the black community,” he said. “There are more Planned Parenthoods in black communities than in any other community. So, they can say their real agenda is anything they want, but what is the fruit from that tree?”
Planned Parenthood’s fruit is over 1,600 black children aborted daily, 16 million blacks aborted since 1973 and 35% of all abortions coming from the black 13% of the U.S. population.
Culbreath concluded that “based on their current modus operandi, they would [like to] decide that minorities would die and that majorities, or healthy white people, would live.”
Another unfortunate reality is that taxpayers subsidize this genocide. According to American Life League, the abortion provider’s 2010 annual report reveals that it received $487.4 million in government grants, up 34% from 2009’s $363.2 million.
ALL executive director Paul Rondeau said, “We encourage contacting elected representatives at state and federal levels to demand that they stop funding Planned Parenthood, and, in particular, stop a little known one billion dollar abortion superfund set out in section 1303 of Obamacare. A phone call is one of the most powerful things constituents can do to influence their elected representatives.”
Meanwhile, in the midst of inclusive America, black Americans continue to be targeted for a discriminatory policy that would deny them their very lives. This menace is no longer cloaked in the white hood of the Klu Klux Klan, but by taxpayer dollars and a sterile medical facade.
• Protecting Black Life: www.protectingblacklife.org
• Life Issues Institute: www.lifeissues.org or 513-729-3600