Those of us who consider Planned Parenthood among the most immoral organizations on the planet don’t view founder Margaret Sanger and her legacy much differently. Her entire legacy, that is, while PP advocates conveniently “forget” the inconvenient part.
The inconvenient truth, as it were. Democrats do that with everything, as you know.
Before we jump into a piece from The Babylon Bee, let’s first take a look at a brief history of Sanger — in her own words. In 1921, the famed eugenicist wrote a missive titled, The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda.
Incidentally, Sanger’s reference to “propaganda” was meant as a positive, vs. our interpretation of the term, today. Excerpts, below. Emphasis, mine.
“Eugenists may remember that not many years ago this program for race regeneration was subjected to the cruel ridicule of stupidity and ignorance.
“Today Eugenics is suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.”
“The eugenic and civilizational value of Birth Control is becoming apparent to the enlightened and the intelligent.
“[O]ur Birth Control propaganda, and which, as I think you must agree, indicate that the campaign for Birth Control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical in ideal, with the final aims of Eugenics.
“Not until the parents of the world are given control over their reproductive faculties will it ever be possible not alone to improve the quality of the generations of the future, but even to maintain civilization even at its present level.” [Joseph Goebbels would be proud.}
“Systems have in the past revealed their woeful inability to prevent the sexual and racial chaos into which the world has today drifted.”
“Possibly drastic and Spartan methods may be forced upon society if it continues complacently to encourage the chance and chaotic breeding that has resulted from our stupidly cruel sentimentalism.”
Sounds like a pleasant woman, doesn’t she?
Anyway, hence the name of Sanger’s organization, Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood has zero to do with accidental “parents” Biff and Muffy in Southern California doing “something stupid” and “accidentally” getting pregnant — and everything to do with planning the birth of children based on a whole different set of circumstances, as Sanger clearly laid out, above.
Did I mention PP “clinics” are concentrated in predominantly black neighborhoods because it was planned that way from the beginning? Facts are facts, my liberal friends — whether you like them or not.
So is there hope for Planned Parenthood at the end of the abortion tunnel? No more hope than for the number of unborn children PP kills annually.
However, the women’s “health organization” does appear to be coming around to the notion that Margaret Sanger was what she was, despite PP’s decades of whitewashing Sanger’s life or ignoring large, critically revealing parts of it altogether.
Ms. McGill Johnson, president and chief executive of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in an April 17 op-ed for The New York Times titled I’m the Head of Planned Parenthood. We’re Done Making Excuses for Our Founder, wrote “We must reckon with Margaret Sanger’s association with white supremacist groups and eugenics.”
As reported last week by my RedState colleague Kira Davis, Johnson’s op-ed was little more than the same old empty promises we’ve heard from Planned Parenthood officials for years.
So is Planned Parenthood finally going to disavow Margaret Sanger? After defending her and “forgetting” her troublesome life? Hard to say. Crazy times. But if Ms. Johnson and PP leadership are serious about disavowing Sanger, The Babylon Bee — the best satire site in the universe, has some thoughts on how they’re going to do it.
“Planned Parenthood Distances Themselves From Margaret Sanger by Continuing Her Legacy“
Yet another Bee illustration of what makes really good satire so damn funny to some and stinging to the stung — its relative closeness to reality and vice versa.
Planned Parenthood Distances Themselves From Margaret Sanger By Continuing Her Legacy https://t.co/aynC9L0cc5
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) April 24, 2021
The Bee picked up on Andrews’ NYT op-ed, but in typical Bee-style had a “slightly different” “interpretation” of some of the PP head’s quotes. Here are some of them.
“At Planned Parenthood, we have made the bold decision to part ways from our evil, racist founder.
“We denounce her racism once and for all and to show our commitment to that we will be doubling our presence in minority communities.
“Starting today, in the name of equality we will be offering free abortions for anyone who isn’t white.”
Johnson then grew emotional, according to The Bee, as she held back her tears while wondering aloud what Sanger might think of the “new” Planned Parenthood, today.
“I mean, Johnson explained because “she would see how different we are and in no way still trying to control the population and limit those we view as unfit or undesirable.”
Many Twitter users weren’t buying Johnson’s promise, according to The Bee, and pointing out that PP’s “new” plan is “exactly what Margaret Sanger would do today.” According to The Bee, the whole thing was quickly dismissed as a Russian disinformation campaign.
You can check out more Bee, here.
That “reckoning” wouldn’t save the life of a single unborn child, of course, but symbolism matters to the left, BTW.
Besides, I’m skeptical as to whether Planned Parent “reckoners” and other left-wingers would have the time to reckon, given the inordinate amount of time they spend ending the lives of the unborn and trotting around the country tearing down statues of “white supremacists.”
Something tells me Margaret Sanger’s name will never be on that list. The “White Supremacist Statues We Haven’t Yet Torn Down” list.