Planned Parenthood supporters love to produce statistics such as that 95 percent of abortions worldwide occur in countries where abortion is illegal.
See? Planned Parenthood actually decreases the number of abortions, the argument goes.
The reality is closer to about half of abortions worldwide are performed by somebody who is unqualified or in an unsafe environment. The differences in the abortion rate between developing and developed countries is small, and the question of legality likewise doesn’t make that much difference in the rate.
Abortion supporters also like to say that sex education and birth control are the only proven ways to decrease the number of abortions. But since Planned Parenthood performs between about one-third and 45 percent of all U.S. abortions in any given year and has been performing record numbers of abortions in recent years, one might question the sincerity of that statement.
In developed countries such as the United States, the highest abortion rates occur, naturally, where abortion clinics are situated. Nearly four-fifths of Planned Parenthood abortion clinics are located next to black or Latino neighborhoods, in keeping with Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s goal of reducing the population of non-whites and anyone who is poor.
An emphasis on early sex education, birth control, encouragement of a hookup culture and celebration of “slut pride” have all been part of the overall Planned Parenthood approach, and those societal attitudes have led to a decrease in marriage, an increase in unwanted pregnancies and a steady flow of business for Sanger’s eugenics project, to the point where more black babies are aborted in New York City than are born. More than 80 percent of women seeking abortions in this country are unmarried.
Planned Parenthood representatives talk a good game about women’s health, sprinkling their speeches and announcements with phrases like “right to choose” and “my body, my choice.” But the spin and the euphemistic language employed by Planned Parenthood masks a darker and much larger agenda to prevent the “unfit” from breeding and make sure America’s future is whiter and wealthier.
The real nature of Planned Parenthood is best explained by its founder, Margaret Sanger (italics added for emphasis):
- “Knowledge of birth control is essentially moral. Its general, though prudent, practice must lead to a higher individuality and ultimately to a cleaner race.” — Margaret Sanger in “Morality and Birth Control.”
- “All of our problems are the result of overbreeding among the working class, and if morality is to mean anything at all to us, we must regard all the changes which tend toward the uplift and survival of the human race as moral.” — Sanger, “Morality and Birth Control”
- “The minister’s 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.” — Sanger in letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble
- “The third group [of society] are those irresponsible and reckless ones having little regard for the consequences of their acts, or whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers. Many of this group are diseased, feeble-minded, and are of the pauper element dependent upon the normal and fit members of society for their support. There is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped.” — Sanger, speech in at Hotel Plaza, New York City, 1921
- “Birth control is not contraception indiscriminately and thoughtlessly practiced. It means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks— those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.” — Sanger, quoted in New York Times, 1923
- “I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world that have disease from their parents, that have no chance to be a human being, practically. Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they’re born. That to me is the greatest sin — that people can — can commit.” — Interview with Mike Wallace, 1957
- “Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.” — Sanger in “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda”
- “As an advocate of birth control I wish … to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the ‘unfit’ and the ‘fit,’ admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation…. On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.” — Sanger in “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda”
- “The main objects of the Population Congress would be … to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.” — Sanger, “A Plan for Peace”
- “Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives. So, in compliance with nature’s working plan, we must permit womanhood its full development before we can expect of it efficient motherhood. If we are to make racial progress, this development of womanhood must precede motherhood in every individual woman.” — Sanger in “The Goal”
Interestingly enough, Sanger herself was generally opposed to abortion, preferring to promote birth control and forcibly sterilize the “unfit,” because she recognized that all abortion was the taking of a life: “We explained simply what contraception was; that abortion was the wrong way — no matter how early it was performed it was taking a life; that contraception was the better way, the safer way — it took a little time, a little trouble, but was well worth while in the long run, because life had not yet begun.” — Sanger, “Now is the Time for Converse”
Bottom line, Planned Parenthood has added abortion to its repertoire since Roe v. Wade, but the overall goal of all its programs — birth control and “education” included — is to build up the “fit” classes and tear down the “unfit” classes, as Sanger herself dubbed them. Her eugenics vision is of a “cleaner race” — white and wealthy, with a “reasonable” number of children. And that vision has been embraced by the United States government, in particular though not exclusively the Democratic Party, which should be no surprise considering its actual history as the home of slavery, racism, the KKK, socialism, fascism, opposition to women’s rights, etc.
Possibly the fundamental schism in politics today — and it applies to the eugenicist urges of the Democratic Party — is between socialism in all its varieties which desire to make the individual subservient to the collective; and individualism which embraces the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence, that all men are created equal, that their rights come from God and that government only exists under the authority of individuals to protect their rights, the obvious first and foremost of those being the individual’s right to life.