Sunday, July 31, 2011

Is Planned Parenthood Actually Racist?

A common charge levied against Planned Parenthood by pro-lifers is that the organization is racist.  It is undeniable that Planned Parenthood was once motivated by racism; it was founded by the eugenicist Margaret Sanger.  However, it is not necessarily the case that the organization is racist today or that charging it with racism is an effective tactic in the fight against abortion.

Those who call Planned Parenthood racist usually cite statistics on the number of black babies killed by abortionists.  According to the CDC, almost half of all black pregnancies end in abortion.  Pro-lifers have seized on this fact as evidence of racism in the abortion industry.  For example, this billboard in Soho, New York calls the womb the most dangerous place for an African American:
Statistically true, but in my opinion, relatively unimportant.  A lot of black women have abortions but a lot of white women have abortions too, and the murder of their children is no less tragic.  Furthermore, the fact that a disproportionate number of black women choose to have abortions does not necessarily mean that abortion providers are racist.  Black women are three times as likely as white women to have an unintended pregnancy.  Which is a more likely cause of black abortions, the disproportionate number of unwanted pregnancies among black women or a genocidal plot orchestrated by white eugenicists?

In pointing out that Planned Parenthood is probably not racist, I am not trying to defend abortionists so much as help pro-lifers.  It seems to me that the racism charge is weak and could reflect poorly on the pro-life movement, making it look like the politically correct liberals who see racists everywhere.  Even if abortionists are racist, is it really that important?  The KKK is infamous not because it is racist but because its members had a nasty habit of lynching people.  Racism is evil but murder is worse.  Pro-lifers have a limited amount of resources and they could be used more effectively than in pursuing dubious charges of racism.  We need to convince the public not that abortionists are racists, but that they are murderers. 


  1. I would agree with you except for the fact of abortionist after abortionist has different levels according to a woman's race. Look at the abortionist in New Jersey (you know, the one caught doing illegal abortions, and killed a couple of women?) who escorted his white patients upstairs for better treatments than his black/latino patients. His is not an isolated case.

    I would check out Real Choice blog for more information.

  2. Ranter: By itself, that isn't evidence of a systemic and institutionalized racism across the board, but I suppose it could be part of such a trend. I will check out that blog, and thanks for recommending it.

  3. Patrick, are you at all familiar with PP's founder Margaret Sanger & her racist, eugenic views, or the Negro Project she started to promote those views?
    Planned Parenthood has never rejected those views either.
    Many black leaders, like Alveda King, Dr. ML King's niece have spoken out about the racist policies of Planned Parenthood.
    A good website to check out is
    Full discloser requires me to admit that this is personal as well, since if Margaret Sanger had her way, I would have never been born because of my Southern Italiano ancestry.

  4. Also, you might want to watch Maafa 21 (available on Youtube) for more documentation.

  5. Al: I am familiar with Sanger's genocidal ideology, I just don't think that the people who run PP today probably share her views. I could be wrong of course, and you have been watching this issue longer than I have. I will take a look at that website.

  6. Patrick, I recommend the documentary: Maafa21 Black Genocide in 21st Century America...lots of interesting documentation for this toic..