Planned Parenthood Celebrates Black History Month...

13 million African American babies aborted since 1973; more aborted in NY in 2012 than were born

Planned Parenthood has proudly announced its new “99 Dream Keepers” initiative in honor of Black History Month. The campaign is designed to honor 99 African American leaders—one for every year that Planned Parenthood has been in existence. 

Planned Parenthood, founded by outspoken eugenicist Margaret Sanger, has led the charge on promoting abortion among the African American population for decades. Since 1973, over 13 million black babies have been aborted, with African American women more than four times as likely to have an abortion than non-Hispanic white women (Hispanic women are 2.7 times more likely than whites). In 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion in New York City than were born, while the total number of African American abortions comprised 42.4% of abortions performed in the city that year.

In one passage in the Dream Keeper's announcement—just after lauding the organization's work in "break[ing] down barriers to opportunity posed by poverty, racism, and sexism"—Planned Parenthood feels compelled to vaguely acknowledge its “complicated” history regarding the black community:

Planned Parenthood has a complicated history, but since our founding, we have worked with the community to increase opportunity and access to health care for everyone. 

The allusion is in part to founder Margaret Sanger’s eugenicist campaign to “purify" the race. Here’s a passage on promoting abortion within the black community from Sanger’s Woman, Morality, and Birth Control (New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12):

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.

Below is the complete text from Planned Parenthood’s announcement of its “99 Dream Keepers” campaign:

To celebrate Black History Month, Planned Parenthood is honoring 99 African American leaders — one for each year since Planned Parenthood was founded.  

The achievements of the Top 99 Dream Keepers range from the paradigm-shifting filmmaking of Ava DuVernay to the Reproductive Justice movement leadership of Cherisse Scott, from the crunktastic and hard-hitting analysis of Jamilah Lemeuix to the gender-busting art and advocacy of Laverne Cox.  Their work helps us connect us to each other.  They inspire us to break down barriers to opportunity posed by poverty, racism, and sexism. 

Planned Parenthood has a complicated history, but since our founding, we have worked with the community to increase opportunity and access to health care for everyone. 

As we continue the fight for critical access to health care and opportunity for all Americans, let us pause and salute these leaders who give us strength and inspiration.  Together we are fighting to protect against dangerous legislation that is harmful to women and families, and deny access to critical services. 

We are partnering with young black women and men — the next generation of leaders in the movement for reproductive freedom.  We are spreading the word that finally, health insurance is more affordable for millions of people who are uninsured.  We are working hard to end racial health disparities and for the community to be the healthiest it can be.

Note: The individuals on this list were selected by Planned Parenthood Action Fund in recognition of their public accomplishments.  Inclusion on this list does not imply an endorsement of, or affiliation with, Planned Parenthood by any individual listed.

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