By Dave Andrusko
Okay, I appreciate the need to thread the needle–that is, for PPFA to acknowledge (in the most minimal imaginable fashion) some of the outrageous things its founder did and said without raining on Planned Parenthood’s parade in celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding by the notorious Margaret Sanger.
Thus the convoluted, intended-to-hide headline from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, “ The Layered, Complex History of Margaret Sanger — Planned Parenthood Founder and Reproductive Rights Trailblazer”– and the oblique first sentence :” Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a woman of heroic accomplishments, and like all heroes, she was also complex and imperfect.”
“Imperfect”? Yes, you could say that. Let’s just cite one example.
Here’s a passage from, “The Need for Birth Control in America,” which appeared in Birth Control: Facts and Responsibilities, ed. Adolf Meyer, M.D., 1925.
“In his last book, Mr. [H. G.] Wells speaks of the meaningless, aimless lives which cram this world of ours, hordes of people who are born, who live, who die, yet who have done absolutely nothing to advance the race one iota. Their lives are hopeless repetitions. All that they have said has been said before; all that they have done has been done better before. Such human weeds clog up the path, drain up the energies and the resources of this little earth. We must clear the way for a better world; we must cultivate our garden.”
“Hopeless repetitions” that are “clog[ging] up the path” that “we must clear away” so as to “cultivate our garden”?
“Imperfect” seems a bit of an understatement, wouldn’t you agree?
And then there’s Sanger’s enthusiastic embrace of human-equality- denying eugenics. As Paul Stark wrote last week
*Sanger rejected the equal worth of those she considered “unfit,” and she promoted contraception and forced sterilization among certain groups of people as a result. Today, Planned Parenthood rejects the equal worth of human beings in utero—who are smaller, less developed, and more dependent than most other people—and kills such human beings on an industrial scale.
*Sanger called people who have disabilities “biological and racial mistakes” and sought to prevent their existence. Today, Planned Parenthood kills disabled human beings who already exist (while they are still in the womb).
*Sanger considered certain people “defective” and burdensome. She wanted to use birth control to eliminate such “human weeds” for the benefit of the rest of us. Today, Planned Parenthood kills unborn human beings who are deemed “defective” and “burdensome” in order to (ostensibly) benefit others.
But current CEO Cecile Richards didn’t even pretend that her heroine was less than perfect. In an essay for TIME magazine, under the soul-chilling headline, “Planned Parenthood’s Work Is Far From Complete,” Richards/PPFA takes credit for everything short of landing a man on the moon.
Or did I read too hastily? About half-way through, Richards writes, “Still, our work is far from complete, and our history is uneven and imperfect.”
Of course what Richards was referring to was “In 2016, too many people still go without access to safe and legal abortion and other basic preventive care.”
Which is code for something embedded up in the next few sentences, such as
If our first century was about securing our rights, our second century must be about ensuring everyone has full access and also full reproductive autonomy.
Which in English means absolutely no limitations on abortion at any state of pregnancy (a position held only by a tiny minority ) paid for by you and me–aka repealing the Hyde Amendment–which is a position which has been rejected by Congress and the public for 40 years.
PPFA has already snuffed out more than 6.7 million unborn lives. If Richards–and her soul mate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton–have their way, that number will increase by at least 60,000 a year (the project impact of eliminating the Hyde Amendment), and by untold millions of unborn children worldwide.
Please keep that in mind as you fight on behalf of pro-life candidates over the next 23 days.