Planned Par­ent­hood and black ba­bies

The Washington Times Weekly - - Editorials -

Planned Par­ent­hood, a self-styled “health care provider” and “in­formed ed­u­ca­tor” on women’s sex­ual health, has been pro­mot­ing abor­tion since its in­cep­tion in 1916. This has had a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect on Amer­ica.

Since the 1973 Supreme Court de­ci­sion Roe v. Wade, which over­turned most state and fed­eral laws out­law­ing or re­strict­ing abor­tion, an es­ti­mated 48.6 mil­lion ba­bies have been aborted, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Right to Life Com­mit­tee. In par­tic­u­lar, blacks are dis­pro­por­tion­ately im­pacted by abor­tion. Is Planned Par­ent­hood de­lib­er­ately act­ing to re­duce the black pop­u­la­tion? Is it prac­tic­ing a form of eu­gen­ics?

Ac­cord­ing to the Alan Guttmacher In­sti­tute, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion fo­cused on sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health re­search, 13 per­cent of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion is black, but 37 per­cent of all abor­tions are per­formed on black women. More than 10 mil­lion black ba­bies have been aborted since 1973. Black women are 4.8 times as likely as white women to have an abor­tion. The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion also in­di­cates that one out of ev­ery five white preg­nan­cies ends in abor­tion, whereas one out of ev­ery two black preg­nan­cies ends in abor­tion.

In a July op-ed in the Wall Street Jour- nal, for­mer Bush speech­writer and cur­rent Jour­nal colum­nist William McGurn, rightly called upon the NAACP to be more ac­tive in pro­vid­ing al­ter­na­tive or­ga­ni­za­tions for preg­nant black women — in­sti­tu­tions that will sup­port them rather than speed­ily elim­i­nate the un­born. He cites the mov­ing words of Alveda King, a niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King, who had two abor­tions and sub­se­quently changed her per­spec­tive: “I re­mem­ber when I was preg­nant and con­sid­er­ing a third abor­tion. I went to Daddy King [her grand­fa­ther]. He told me, ‘that’s a baby, not a blob of tis­sue.’ Un­for­tu­nately, 14 mil­lion African-Amer­i­cans are not here to­day be­cause of le­gal­ized abor­tion. It’s as if a plague swept through Amer­ica’s cities and towns and took one of ev­ery four of us.”

For­tu­nately, Miss King and oth­ers — such as the Rev. Cle­nard Chil­dress, founder of Black Geno­, Day Gar­ner of the Na­tional Black Pro-Life Union and Levon Yuille of the Na­tional Black Pro-Life Cau­cus — are bring­ing at­ten­tion to Planned Par­ent­hood’s de­lib­er­ate fo­cus on mi­nor­ity neigh­bor­hoods. One-third of all abor­tions per­formed by Planned Par­ent­hood in 2007 were on blacks, and a ma­jor­ity of Planned Par­ent­hood’s clin­ics are in mi­nor­ity neigh­bor­hoods.

A re­cent video on YouTube showed a Planned Par­ent­hood de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor ea­gerly tak­ing money specif­i­cally to be ear­marked for the elim­i­na­tion of black chil­dren. One caller said he wanted to do this be­cause there are “def­i­nitely too many black peo­ple in Ohio.” And the re­cep­tion­ist sim­ply said, “O.K.” Sim­i­lar in­ci­dents in seven other states have sparked a call for a con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Planned Par­ent­hood — and we con­cur.

Congress must also put an end to the $300 mil­lion in tax dol­lars given last year to Planned Par­ent­hood — the na­tion’s lead­ing abor­tion provider. The phone calls were made by Cal­i­for­nia pro-life ad­vo­cates in or­der to test the the­ory that Planned Par­ent­hood de­lib­er­ately tar­gets the black pop­u­la­tion.

Mar­garet Sanger, who founded what is now Planned Par­ent­hood, wrote a let­ter in 1939 to Clarence Gam­ble, with whom she was part­ner­ing to pro­mote birth con­trol and abor­tions in the black com­mu­nity: “We should hire three or four col­ored min­is­ters, prefer­ably with so­cial ser­vice back­grounds, and with en­gag­ing per­son­al­i­ties. The most suc­cess­ful ed­u­ca­tional ap­proach to the Ne­gro is through a re­li­gious ap­peal. We do not want the 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.”

In a protest out­side a Planned Par­ent­hood of­fice in April, the Rev. Jesse Peter­son, a con­ser­va­tive black min­is­ter from Los An­ge­les, told the crowd “be­fore you go to bed tonight, more than 1,500 ba­bies will be killed in a black woman’s womb.”

Planned Par­ent­hood has also been ac­cused of tar­get­ing other mi­nor­ity groups, in­clud­ing His­pan­ics, Asians and Na­tive Amer­i­cans. Ap­prox­i­mately 30 per­cent of Amer­i­can women are non­white. How­ever, ac­c­cord­ing to the Alan Guttmacher In­sti­tute, 60 per­cent of all abor­tions per­formed an­nu­ally are on African Amer­i­can, His­panic and Asian women. A His­panic baby, for ex­am­ple, is three times more likely to be aborted than a white baby. Abor­tion rates among Asian women are twice that of white women. Planned Par­ent­hood in­sists it does not tar­get non­whites. De­fend­ers of Planned Par­ent­hood ar­gue that the dis­pro­por­tion­ate rate of abor­tions among non­white women is due to the fact that white women have less “un­in­tended preg­nan­cies.”

Abor­tion is a tragedy re­gard­less of the eth­nic or racial com­po­si­tion of the vic­tim. But when a spe­cific pop­u­la­tion is tar­geted for elim­i­na­tion, it is an abom­i­na­tion. Congress should stiffen its moral spine.

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