Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood

From Father De Celles’ column in parish bulletin July 25-26, 2020

After years of denial, Planned Parenthood, at least part of it, is finally admitting its foundation as a racist organization. According to the New York Post: “Planned Parenthood of Greater New York on Tuesday [July 21] said it’ll ditch the name of Margaret Sanger — one of the founders of the national organization — from its Lower Manhattan clinic over her “harmful connections to the eugenics movement.

“…Planned Parenthood dates its beginnings to 1916, when public health nurse Sanger…opened America’s first birth control clinic in Brooklyn. Long viewed as a feminist hero for her pioneering views on women’s right to choose, Sanger also supported eugenics — a discredited movement to promote selective breeding that often targeted people of color and the disabled.

“‘The removal of Margaret Sanger’s name from our building is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color,’ Karen Seltzer, the chair of Planned Parenthood of New York, said in a statement. ‘Margaret Sanger’s concerns and advocacy for reproductive health have been clearly documented, but so too has her racist legacy.’”

“The Planned Parenthood founder’s troubling embrace of eugenics — which was later practiced by the Nazis — has come into focus in recent years.”

Interesting. Many of the most vocal in attacking our nation’s history claim that racism was built into the founding of our nation and constitution, and so it must be torn down and rebuilt from the bottom up. I wonder ….Since Planned Parenthood (the nation’s largest supplier of abortions) was founded as a fundamentally racist organization (and continues kill a widely disproportionate number of black babies every year), perhaps it will be torn down too? By the left. And then rebuilt as pro-(Black)-life. Probably not.