Politics makes strange bedfellows, the old cliché goes, and nowhere was that more apparent than at last week’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBC) annual legislative conference, where black activists teamed up with Planned Parenthood to host a panel promoting contraception and increased access to abortion for African American women.
Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger in the 1920s as the American Birth Control League (it changed its name in 1943). Sanger was a well-known eugenicist who once said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” By founding her organization, she hoped to discourage blacks and other “undesirables” from reproducing.
One of Planned Parenthood’s earliest initiatives was “The Negro Project,” in which Sanger and a wealthy co-conspirator, Clarence Gamble (heir to the Procter and Gamble fortune), arranged to pay black ministers to promote Planned Parenthood among the faithful. “We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten that idea out if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members,” Sanger wrote to Gamble in 1939.
The abortion giant’s racist origins still persist today – nearly 80 percent of Planned Parenthood facilities are located in black or minority neighborhoods, and black babies are aborted at five times the rate of white ones. In New York City, where Planned Parenthood’s corporate offices are located, more black babies are aborted every year than those who are born.
Given the organization’s clear hostility to black mothers and children, black pro-life activists were outraged by last week’s CBC-hosted, Planned Parenthood-led panel called “Sex, Politics, and Black Women: A real talk about what reproductive freedom means in the wake of Hobby Lobby.”
Hobby Lobby was the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled ObamaCare’s HHS birth control mandate – which required employers to provide full, co-pay-free coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs regardless of religious objection – unconstitutional.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement announcing the event, “Planned Parenthood is grateful for the support of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for providing a space for this important conversation on reproductive freedom. It is partnerships like this, with leaders like Congresswoman Robin Kelly and BET Networks, that allow us to reach more communities with an important message – access to birth control is pivotal in expanding economic opportunity for all women.”
But Ryan Bomberger of the pro-life Radiance Foundation slammed the event in an editorial, dismissing it as a cynical attempt to twist the facts and scare black women into supporting Planned Parenthood’s agenda.
“The nation’s largest abortion chain, never missing an opportunity to target the black community, is addressing how the Hobby Lobby decision will impact—you got it—black women,” wrote Bomberger. “The Hobby Lobby decision does nothing to reduce anyone’s access to birth control. The Supreme Court decision ruled that a closely held corporation cannot be forced to pay for an employee’s abortifacients, including Plan B, Ella, and hormonal and copper IUDs. The lawsuit never opposed the other 16 forms of contraception, and the ruling doesn’t touch those. But this weekend’s conference isn’t about birth control, but spin control with a racial twist.”
“The CBC is no different than many other political collectives (like the NAACP, Urban League, and [Al] Sharpton’s National Action Network) who rarely represent the real needs of their constituents,” Bomberger wrote. “Because they add a racial component onto everything they do, it’s even more heinous that their undying support for the abortion industry has caused more deaths in the black community than all other causes of death combined: 373,605 to 285,522.”
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“This partnership of liberal black-led organizations with an industry birthed in eugenic racism reveals how potently successful the influence was of the first Negro Project,” added Bomberger. “Planned Parenthood knew it needed black people to con black people. And today they have an abundance of them in a political party that celebrates the massive abortion of black babies as ‘reproductive justice.’”
The Rev. Dr. Clenard Childress Jr., founder of the website BlackGenocide.org, also slammed the CBC for teaming up with Planned Parenthood.
“It is abominable and the epitome of gross negligence when black elected officials caucus and plan with the leading killer of black children and facilitators of mental anguish of black women,” Childress said in a statement.
Rev. Childress called on concerned blacks to attend the “Say So March,” a multi-city protest planned for October 11-13 in Newark, Philadelphia, District Heights, and Washington, D.C. He said that any potential national media coverage, or lack thereof, was irrelevant to march organizers, who are much more concerned about reaching their black neighbors in the cities where they plan to march.
“National attention would be nice, but national conviction is why we are marching,” Childress said. “African Americans, whether they are Democrat, Republican or Independent cannot any longer allow public perception to be that people of color condone and support the dismemberment of children in the womb.”