The laughter you hear from the cheap seats in hell is from Margaret Sanger.
Abortion killed at least 203,991 blacks in the 36 states and two cities (New York City and the District of Columbia) that reported abortions by race in 2005, according to the CDC. During that same year, according to the CDC, a total of 198,385 blacks nationwide died from heart disease, cancer, strokes, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases combined. These were the seven leading causes of death for black Americans that year.
A total of 49 jurisdictions reported their abortion numbers for 2005 to the CDC. These included all 50 states–except California, Louisiana, and New Hampshire–and New York City and the District of Columbia. Of these 49 jurisdiction, only 36 states plus New York City and the District of Columbia reported the number of abortions by race.
Of these 36 states, Georgia reported the largest number of abortions–18,325–among African Americans. Idaho and Montana reported the fewest, 16 and 17 respectively.
I have written about this topic on two different occasions. Once article included a citation from a NY Times in which Ruth Bader Ginsberg, as sitting Supreme Court Justice, discussed abortion as a way to deal with “people we don’t want to have too many of.” Here’s the full quote…
Question: Are you talking about the distances women have to travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?
Ginsburg: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae – in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong. (Emphasis added)
So, we have a very powerful public official stating that abortion was meant to reduce populations in a groups that they apparently see as less worthy.
To look at the history of the problem, let’s take a look at Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, and a prominent progressive of her time. Here are some quotes from Sanger…
“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
Margaret Sanger’s December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon’s Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.
“Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need … We must prevent multiplication of this bad stock.”
Margaret Sanger, April 1933 Birth Control Review.
“Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.
Margaret Sanger. “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda.” Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5
So, here is a progressive that founded an organization that had the stated intent to reduce populations that were perceived as undesirable. People of African descent were clearly one group targeted. Here is a video covering Margaret Sanger.
And what about now? What is Planned Parenthood up to?
One of the claims that the first video makes is that 80% of Planned Parenthood facilities are in communities with large African American populations. Could it be that Planned Parenthood, in spite of their many denials, and their efforts to “scrub” Sanger’s history, are continuing their original mission? I’ll leave that to the reader. The words of Sanger and resulting actions of Planned Parenthood are far more effective than any argument I can make.
To sum this up, I’ll go back to the original CNS article.
When asked to comment on this report, Dr. Freda Bush, an obstetrician and gynecologist in private practice in Jackson, Miss., told CNSNews.com that she found the explanation for the high rate of black abortions “disingenuous.”
“I would just like for them to explain why there’s such a significant proportion of their clinics that are located in minority communities,” said Bush, who is black. “So if you’ll notice, I did not mention that as a factor when I talked to you [earlier], so I was not accusing them of anything.
“I was just pointing out the fact that we have more, but since they brought it up, I would like for them to explain where their clinics are located, and why their clinics are located in that area,” she added.
“I would also like for an explanation of why their founder, Margaret Sanger, who was a known eugenist, also had a Negro project, and an explanation if that was not directed at the ‘undesirables,’” said Bush. “So, I’m not accusing them of anything. I would just like an explanation for the practices that they have continued.”
Dr. Alveda King, niece of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is a pro-life activist. In August 2007 she told a meeting of Priests for Life that abortionists “plant their killing centers in minority neighborhoods and prey upon women who think they have no hope.”
“The great irony,” she said, “is that abortion has done what the Klan only dreamed of.”
I have often made the point that the left is engaging in the racism that they accuse the right of harboring. This matches the classic leftist strategy of accusing the opposition of doing what they themselves are up to their ears in.
Here is why I say that. All of the left’s policies regarding race have the central assumption that minority groups are unable to succeed on their own, and require government assistance to get by in life. According to the left, minorities apparently cannot get into college on their own, and need lowered standards to do so. The left must also think that they need special laws to get jobs, and they need to threaten and extort companies into hiring otherwise qualified minority candidates. We can see the results of those policies in almost any American city. Crime, out of wedlock births, broken families, drugs, terrible schools, and so on, have all increased as result of these interventions. After decades of the programs, and their tragic results, one has to ask, who are the racists?