Planned Parenthood disavows founder but continues flawed practices

After decades of denial, America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, is admitting that its founder, Margaret Sanger, was a white supremacist and eugenics advocate.

Eugenics is a theory that states the human race can be improved through selective breeding of those with desirable traits and preventing the breeding of, or killing off those with undesirable traits.

In a New York Times opinion piece, the head of Planned Parenthood admits:

  • Sanger spoke to the women’s auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan at a rally in New Jersey to generate support for birth control.
  • She endorsed the Supreme Court’s 1927 decision in Buck v. Bell, which allowed states to sterilize people deemed ‘unfit’ without their consent and sometimes without their knowledge — a ruling that led to the sterilization of tens of thousands of people in the 20th century.
  • The first human trials of the birth control pill — a project that was Sanger’s passion later in her life — were conducted with her backing in Puerto Rico, whereas many as 1,500 women were not told that the drug was experimental or that they might experience dangerous side effects.

Planned Parenthood has a long way to go in distancing themselves from the harm they’ve caused “to generations of people with disabilities and Black, Latino, Asian-American, and Indigenous people.”

At present, Black babies account for nearly 36% of all abortions in the United States despite the reality that the Black population is only 13% of the U.S. population.

On top of those troubling numbers, consider that Planned Parenthood is fighting against anti-eugenic laws in multiple states and that internal racism towards Black employees, which has gone unpunished and was recently exposed in the media.

If Planned Parenthood truly wants to change course and put a stop to its institutional dehumanization of those with undesirable traits, they should start by immediately dropping legal challenges to state laws, like Kentucky’s, which prohibit the use of abortion to target an unborn child on the basis of the child’s sex, race, color, national origin, or disability.

Decrying your founder’s white supremacy and advocacy of eugenics, while continuing to disproportionately eliminate the Black population through abortion and advocating in court for the right to an abortion on the basis of the child’s undesirable qualities is the height of hypocrisy.

Kent Ostrander is the executive director of The Family Foundation of Kentucky.