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The truth about Planned Parenthood

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Here we go again. Planned Parenthood and the "fact-checkers" at the Washington Post are laboring overtime to dismiss concerns about the racial impact of the organization founded by Margaret Sanger roughly a century ago. Their latest target: E.W. Jackson, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, for exposing the racial motivations of Sanger's movement.

These critics need to re-check their facts. Elite bigotry was the fuel for the empire Sanger and her successors have built into a global force.

For decades, our culture of abortion on demand, at any time and for any reason, has adversely affected black women and their families. This is not ancient history. It is Virginia history, right now. The most recent abortion statistics for Virginia from 2011 show that while blacks make up 19.8 percent of the Commonwealth, they account for almost 42 percent of its abortions.

Planned Parenthood knows the statistics, yet they blame black women for the circumstances that lead to abortion -- that is, poor use of birth control. Leaving the subtle racism behind that assertion aside, it's deeply troubling that the persistently higher rate of abortions among blacks sparks only self-defense from the abortion industry.

Planned Parenthood has never confronted its founder's profoundly troubling history, instead annually presenting their most prestigious award in her name — the "Maggie." She is their modern heroine, but they ignore her unsettling record.

Historian Edwin Black presents a careful assessment of Sanger's ruthless career. In his history, "War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race," he writes, "Sanger surrounded herself with some of the eugenics movement's most outspoken racists and white supremacists." The most prominent was Lothrop Stoddard, a thoroughgoing bigot who wrote a book called "The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy." Sanger did not merely stand near Stoddard on public platforms, she invited him onto the board of her American Birth Control League.

In her book, The Pivot of Civilization, and throughout her career, she called for the elimination of "human weeds," for the segregation of "morons, misfits, and maladjusted" and for the sterilization of "genetically inferior races." She believed in mandatory segregation and forced sterilization of these inferiors.

Sanger did not merely dabble with such ideas and ideologues, she sought (and achieved) lifelong partnerships with the world's leading eugenicists. Is it any wonder that she agreed to deliver a speech at a rally of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, N.J.? In her autobiography, she admits knowing that the Klan terrorized black families with lynchings that began immediately after The Civil War. After her speech, she received and welcomed additional speaking requests from similar groups.

The KKK tortured and killed about 3,500 Blacks throughout its reign of terror. Planned Parenthood's abortion industry has killed millions — and the killing continues.

Was Planned Parenthood's Founder a racist? The facts speak for themselves.

Even after World War II and the stunning revelation of abuses by Nazi Germany's eugenic sterilization program, she championed a high official in that program, Hans Harmsen, to be the president of International Planned Parenthood in postwar Germany.

Black concludes that "Sanger never lost ... her fiery determination to eliminate the unfit." And it is poor defense that she included many others besides African-Americans among those to be eliminated by abortion and coercion.

Today, Planned Parenthood eliminates more than 330,000 American babies every year. Almost 40 percent of those children are Black.

E.W. Jackson is making a few people uncomfortable by pointing out a truth they would rather forget. He deserves the thanks of every Virginian.

Dr. Day Gardner is Founder and President of The National Black Pro-Life Union.

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