Planned Parenthood hits back as Cain stands by ‘Planned Genocide’ statement
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 31, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Planned Parenthood Federation of America shot back this weekend after GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain restated his antagonism towards the organization, which he said supports the “planned genocide” of African-American children in the womb.
Cain, who is black, reiterated that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a well-known racist eugenicist, and began Planned Parenthood to stem the reproduction of inferior races. Cain said that based upon their current business plan, Planned Parenthood appears to have remained faithful to its founding principles.
“Seventy-five percent of those facilities were built in the black community,” Cain told CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday. “In [Planned Parenthood founder] Margaret Sanger’s own words, she didn’t use the word ‘genocide,’ but she did talk about preventing the increasing number of poor blacks in this country by preventing black babies from being born.”
Planned Parenthood derided Cain’s statements as “inflammatory” and said the candidate was “clearly out of the mainstream” for attacking the group.
“It is simply unacceptable for those who oppose legal abortion to use inflammatory and divisive language based on race to push an ideological agenda,” Veronica Byrd, director of African American media for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a statement following the remarks. “Herman Cain is wrong on the facts and clearly out of the mainstream in his attack on Planned Parenthood.”
Statistical evidence from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that minorities, especially blacks, carry an enormous share of the total number of US abortions. According to CDC data (2006), blacks accounted for 36.4 percent of all U.S. abortions, even though the 2000 US census data put them at only 12.3 percent of the population. White women, however, accounted for only 36.1 percent of all U.S. abortions despite accounting for 69 percent of the total female population (2000) in the U.S.
This is not the first time that Cain has referred to Planned Parenthood as “Planned Genocide.” He made similar remarks to CNSNews.com in March of this year.
“Here’s why I support de-funding Planned Parenthood, because you probably don’t hear a lot of people talking about this,” Cain told a CNSNews.com reporter at the time, “when Margaret Sanger - check my history - started Planned Parenthood, the objective was to put these centers in primarily black communities so they could help kill black babies before they came into the world.”
During Sunday’s CBS interview, Cain also took the opportunity to re-emphasize his position against abortion in all circumstances, including rape and incest, saying his recent controversial statements about abortion were “taken totally out of context.”
Addressing the controversy, interviewer Bob Schieffer suggested that Cain has issued conflicting statements, saying he is against abortion completely, but that when it comes to cases of rape or incest, it is up to the family to decide whether to keep the baby.
Cain responded, “I am pro-life from conception, period. And if people look at many speeches that I have given over the years, that has and will still be my position.”
After being pressed about any possible “exceptions,” Cain clarified, “Pro-life from conception period.”
Schieffer pressed the point even further, saying, “So in other words you would not even believe in abortion if rape, incest, or the health of the mother was involved?”
“Correct. That’s my position,” Cain said.