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Planned Parenthood - Townhall Magazine March 2010

Planned Parenthood - Townhall Magazine March 2010

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Planned Parenthood,America’s foremost abortionprovider, has found thatkilling babies—especiallyin minority communities—is good business. Andtheir political friends inWashington are keeping thetaxpayer money flowing.
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UGLY HISTORY 
To understand Planned Parenthood, it’snecessary to look back at its creationduring the Progressive Era, a time of Malthusian obsession with overpopulationand pseudoscientific utopian dreams aboutthe “perfectibility” of man.In 1921, registered nurse MargaretSanger (1879-1966) founded the AmericanBirth Control League, an organizationthat would evolve into today’s PlannedParenthood Federation of America. A radical feminist, eugenicist, Marxist andadmirer of anarchist Emma Goldman,Sanger coined the phrase “birth control,”according to the online encyclopedia of theLeft, DiscoverTheNetworks.org.Sanger rejected the American Dream.She believed poor children had no chanceof escaping their predetermined lot in life,so in her view, it would be best not to letthem even have a chance to succeed in life.Sanger supported the forcedsterilization of the poor and the mentally deficient on the theory that preventingthem from breeding would preclude the birth of “subnormal children” and improvethe gene pool. “More children from thefit, less from the unfit—that is the chief issue of birth control,” was one way Sangersummed up her beliefs.“It is a vicious cycle; ignorance breedspoverty, and poverty breeds ignorance,”she said. “There is only one cure for both,s Planned Parenthood, the nation’s No.1 abortion provider, racist?It’s a reasonable question.Supporters of this sacred cow of liberalism often claim to believe “in afuture world where every child born is wanted and loved.”It’s a motto that might resonate withmany conservatives.And at first glance, the objectives of Planned Parenthood may sound noble tosome, as if the heavily taxpayer-subsidizedorganization were trying to make the worlda better place.But is Planned Parenthood really aboutlove and family values?It’s more like better living througheugenics.Although the organization provideshealth care services such as vasectomiesand syphilis tests, the primary meansthat the organization uses to help achievea perfect world is abortion, which is big business.Planned Parenthood, which claims toprovide unbiased information on abortionto pregnant women, reports that its nearly 880 affiliated health centers provided305,310 abortions in 2007, up from289,750 the year before.Its 2008 annual report boasts that“[i]n 2007, the number of adoptionreferrals at Planned Parenthood healthcenters increased by more than 100percent. The number of abortions providedrose by a little more than 5 percent.”By itself, the 100 percent increase inadoption referrals seems impressive until you read on in the report and realize thatPlanned Parenthood, America’s largestprovider of surgical abortions, provided amere 4,912 adoption referrals in 2007, upfrom 2,410 the year before.This means that, according to PlannedParenthood’s own reckoning, for every  baby referred for adoption in 2007, 62other babies were aborted.With $1.2 billion in assets, PlannedParenthood is unusually wealthy fora nonprofit group. It boasts of havingmore than 700,000 active contributors—individuals, corporations and charitablefoundations—that contribute more than70 percent of the national organization’srevenue and almost 20 percent of itsaffiliates’ revenue.Planned Parenthood gets the largestchunk of its funding from clinic operations, but government money is a close second.It broke down its $1.04 billion in incomefor the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008,into four categories: $374.7 million inclinic income (fees paid by clients); $349.6million in taxpayer money (governmentgrants and contracts); $244.9 million indonations from corporations, foundationsand individuals; and $68.9 million in“other operating revenue.”Among the big charities fundingPlanned Parenthood are Susan ThompsonBuffett Foundation ($105,696,097since 2000), William & Flora HewlettFoundation ($40,878,405 since 2000),David and Lucile Packard Foundation($38,908,975 since 2000), Bill & MelindaGates Foundation ($32,365,724 since2000), (Ted) Turner Foundation Inc.($6,854,477 since 2000) and the extremistTides Foundation ($5,516,995 since 1999).It enlists the support of celebritiesto spread its message. Actors SusanSarandon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Walsh, Jane Fonda, Kathleen Turner and Alan Cumming, along with singers AniDiFranco and Mary J. Blige routinely lendtheir star power to Planned Parenthood.Jennifer Allan Soros, daughter-in-lawof liberal über-philanthropist GeorgeSoros, is a member of the group’s board of directors.Yet few Americans know the radical,racially tinged origins of PlannedParenthood.
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Founder of the birth-control movement Margaret Sanger poses before leaving Brooklyn Courtof Special Sessions in 1916. Sanger was a radical feminist, eugenicist and Marxist who rejected theAmerican Dream and advocated the forced sterilization of the poor and the mentally deficient.
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Emma Goldman, who has been described as the most noted woman anarchist in the world, isshown in London Jan. 25, 1933. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a strong admirerof Goldman.
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and that is to stop breeding these things.Stop bringing to birth children whoseinheritance cannot be one of health orintelligence. Stop bringing into the worldchildren whose parents cannot providefor them.”She attacked Roman Catholicsfor rejecting contraceptive methods,condemning them for “irresponsible andreckless” procreation. “There is no doubtin the minds of all thinking people thatthe procreation of this group should bestopped.”Angela Franks, author of “MargaretSanger’s Eugenic Legacy: The Controlof Female Fertility,” said on the “GlennBeck Program” last year that poorpeople have always been the target of eugenicists like Sanger.“Sanger herself didn’t say that blacks,per se, were unfit,” Franks said. “But what you see is that you can have a racist effecteven if you don’t have a racist intent, andthat’s what you see with somebody likeSanger. So she’s promoting, implying thatif you’re poor, you’re unfit and that youneed to use birth control. And she’s sayingthat the problems of the world are caused by poor people having babies.”This attitude ends up affectingpeople like racial minorities, people whoare impoverished and disadvantaged,Franks said.Not surprisingly, Sanger worked with racists who embraced eugenics.She gave a lecture on birth control to the women’s auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klanin 1926 and in 1930 met with Germananthropologist Eugen Fischer. Fischer’stheories about “racial hygiene” servedas the pseudoscientific justification forNazi Germany’s forced sterilization of thementally ill and mentally challengedand for the extermination of Jews andother groups.According to author Jonah Goldberg,one of Sanger’s closest friends was whitesupremacist Lothrop Stoddard, who wrote “The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy.” In the book,Stoddard argued it was necessary to deal with the threat presented by darker races:“Just as we isolate bacterial invasions, andstarve out the bacteria, by limiting thearea and amount of their food supply, so we can compel an inferior race to remainin its native habitat.” After the book waspublished, Sanger offered Stoddard a seaton the board of directors of the AmericanBirth Control League.Sanger, considered a saint by today’s Left, viewed birth control as aninstrument of social control and radicalsocietal transformation. She believedselective breeding to improve the genepool was necessary in order to bringabout Communist revolution becausesuch an upheaval could not be carriedout by a working class with limitedintellectual capacity.To Sanger “the greatest and mostneglected truth of our day” was that birthcontrol had to be recognized “in any program of reconstruction, [otherwise]all efforts to create a new world and a newcivilization are foredoomed to failure.”Reducing the African-American birth rate was key to this revolution, Sanger believed.In 1939, two groups Sanger foundedmerged to become the Birth ControlFederation of America. The BCFA’ssouthern regional director, ClarenceJ. Gamble of the Procter and Gamblecompany, drew up a memorandumaimed at reducing the black birth ratedramatically. “The mass of significantNegroes still breed carelessly anddisastrously, with the result that theincrease among Negroes … is [in] thatportion of the population least intelligentand fit,” read the memorandum.Sanger knew her program was radicaleven seven decades ago.“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,and the minister is the man who canstraighten out that idea if it ever occursto any of their more rebellious members,”Sanger wrote in a letter to a colleague.
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Faye Wattleton served as Planned Parenthood’s first black president from 1978 to 1992. Abortionadvocates, wanting to increase the number of abortions in the black community, knew they needed toput African-Americans in leadership posts to create the illusion that blacks were controlling the agenda.
(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson, seen here at a 1977 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, was a staunchopponent of the abortion movement, speaking out against it in the 1970s and pointing out the racialside of the pro-abortion agenda. He reversed his position when he sought the Democratic presidentialnomination in the 1980s.
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