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Georgians for Life joins African-American Leaders’ Call to Defund Planned Parenthood

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Remarks of Ricardo Davis, Georgians for Life
At the “De-fund Planned Parenthood” Press Conference

Washington, DC – June 26, 2008

Planned Parenthood’s Roots In The Black Community

George Grant in his exposé Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood wrote, “Birth Control Review, founder Margaret Sanger’s magazine and the immediate predecessor to the Planned Parenthood Review, regularly and openly published the racist articles of the Malthusian Eugenicists. In 1920, it published a favorable review of Lothrop Stoddard’s frightening book, The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy. [Note: Sanger later invited Stoddard to join the board of directors of her American Birth Control League, a position he retained for years.] … In 1932, [the Review] outlined Sanger’s ‘Plan for Peace,’ which called for coercive sterilization, mandatory segregation, and rehabilative concentration camps for all ‘dysgenic stocks.’ In 1933, the Review published ‘Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need’ by Ernst Rudin, who was Hitler’s director of genetic sterilization and a founder of the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene. And later that same year, it published an article by Leon Whitney entitled, ‘Selective Sterilization,’ which adamantly praised and defended the Third Reich’s racial programs.”

In October of 1939 Sanger outlined a plan for stopping the growth of the Black community in response to requests by “southern state public health officials.” Grant notes that she predicted, “The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. 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 rebellious members.” One example of Sanger’s success was an incident reported almost 25 years later. An article was published in the January 17, 1963 edition of Jet magazine where the “tragedy of Negro mothers sterilized in the Virginia town” of Warrenton. John Britton’s article noted that “some physicians and scores of Protestant clergy endorse the WHY of the plan” – population control – but some clergy started to rebel. Archbishop Patrick O’Boyle criticized the clinic’s efforts and inferred that “scores of poor Negro mothers were stampeded into the ‘voluntary’ sterilization operation by veiled threats of a welfare aid cut-off should they refuse.” Rev. Ranldolph Haskin, pastor of Warrenton’s First Baptist Church, called the sterilizations “legalized murder” – prescient of the Roe v. Wade opinion ten years later that legitimized another of Sanger’s birth control methods. Sanger’s plan to make it appear that handpicked Blacks were in control was followed and still reaps success. Faye Wattleton’s position as President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America was testimony that as long as African Americans demonstrate a “good quality gene pool” – as long as they “act white and think white” – then they are esteemed as equals. But now more leaders in the African American community are turning back to the Bible’s view of the dignity of all people and the Bible’s prescription for sexuality and family life. As a result we are exposing the scandalous libertine and racist roots of Planned Parenthood and are committed to tearing down the cultural, legal, governmental, and financial framework that sustains Margaret Sanger’s vision. That’s why I stand in unity with my friends to call for our nation’s leaders to protect the African American community from the scourge known as Planned Parenthood by cutting off its sources of government funding and investigating allegations of criminal and fraudulent acts.

Planned Parenthood Faces Serious Allegations of Racism, Criminal and Fraudulent Acts

Planned Parenthood staff in Ohio, New Mexico, Idaho and Oklahoma have been captured on tape agreeing to accept money earmarked to abort black children; Planned Parenthood failed to fire these employees. Clinics in Kansas have been charged with performing illegal, late-term abortions, falsifying records, and protecting sexual predators who have raped underage girls. Back in Georgia, an investigation has recorded Planned Parenthood staff giving cover to child predators by not reporting incidents where minors seeking abortions informed staff that older men impregnated them. Continuing to fund Planned Parenthood with tax dollars only protects them and their lawless agenda. I call on Georgia’s federal legislators and the leadership of political parties to use their influence to support investigations by state officials into Planned Parenthood’s clinics suspected of breaking the law.

Planned Parenthood’s Appropriations Violate the Intent of the Constitution’s Framers

It is a travesty that Planned Parenthood profits from its services and a shame that people give money for this organization to continue its work in propagating Sanger’s vision. But what is inexcusable is that Congress appropriates money for Planned Parenthood’s activities. The framers of our federal Constitution made no provision for appropriations of specific welfare from the public treasury. “Provide family planning services” isn’t listed as one of the enumerated powers of Congress in Article I. By the time Margaret Sanger was advancing her “Negro Project,” the federal government had recently undergone a structural upheaval under which the federal government became the dispenser of public money for social welfare projects. Cutting the $305 million in federal funding spent on Planned Parenthood each year would be a good start toward eliminating debt-ridden federal budgets that have a disproportionate negative impact on the poor. Thus I call on Georgia’s federal legislators to refuse to vote for any appropriation bill with funding for Planned Parenthood, and publicly reject and return contributions of any kind from Planned Parenthood.