An undercover video by the Center of Medical Progress, led by David Daleiden, has shown a top ranking Planned Parenthood abortion physician meeting with investigators posing as Fetal Tissue Procurement Company. In the video, Dr. Mary Gatter, an executive Planned Parenthood abortionist, shows interest in selling intact unborn fetuses for profit. Before the Center of Medical Progress exposed Planned Parenthood, other groups including Live Action, led by Lila Rose, have documented “rampant sexual abuse cover-up, racism, medical misinformation, the willingness to assist sex traffickers, false statements made by Planned Parenthood executives, sex-selective abortion, and infanticide.”
Many Americans who have not been familiar with the history of Planned Parenthood, have been asking questions about Planned Parenthood. Some are wondering if these videos are a fair representation of Planned Parenthood. Others are asking if abortion is only one of the many procedures that Planned Parenthood does or is abortion the primary procedure? What is the true nature of Planned Parenthood?
A young woman named Margaret Sanger opened up the first women’s birth control center in America, in Brooklyn, New York in 1916. She began opening up new clinics throughout New York City and called her organization the American Birth Control League. In 1923, Sanger opened the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau in Manhattan which provided contraceptive devices to women. The two organizations would later merge together and be called Planned Parenthood. At that time, slavery had been illegal in the United Stated for several decades. Several influential businessmen, including John D. Rockefeller Jr. believed they could secretly fund Margaret Sanger’s progressive organization and minimalize population. Millions of descendants of former slaves were moving north in the “Great Migration” around the time hundreds of thousands of Jews were immigrating to New York, having escaped persecution in other countries (such as Russia).
Sanger had caused a stir with the publication of The Women Rebel. In 1914, she coined a phrase that would be a heard a century later: “A woman’s body belongs to herself alone” while promoting contraception using the slogan, “No Gods, No Masters.” Rockefeller, along with other donors, believed that Sanger’s philosophy could work and through philanthropy they could achieve the common goal of population control.
Through the financial backing of several foundations, the new feminism could promote experiments in eugenics and birth control, which also would lead to controlling and eliminating the unfit people groups, especially in urban places like Brooklyn. Eugenics was the practice performed by some scientists in the early 1900’s that sought to improve humanity through biomedical engineering, population control, and breeding management.
The science of eugenics that Margaret Sanger embraced was developed largely by Sir Francis Galton whom received inspiration from his cousin, Charles Darwin and Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Francis Galton wrote,
“The publication in 1859 of the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin made a marked epoch in my own mental development, as it did in that of human thought generally. Its effect was to demolish a multitude of dogmatic barriers by a single stroke, and to arouse a spirit of rebellion against all ancient authorities whose positive and unauthenticated statements were contradicted by modern science.”
Eugenics though controversial had the backing of some physicians throughout Europe and also America. Some later Darwinists would distance themselves from eugenics because of the experiments performed by Nazis. In the 1940’s, many Nazis physicians and scientists, including Josef Mengele at Auschwitz would practice eugenics destroying 1.1 millions Jews and 150,000 Poles at Auschwitz. One author described Mengele as “extremely antisemitic, believing the Jews should be eliminated entirely as an inferior and dangerous race.”
Eugenics was more than empirical science. As a naturalistic philosophy it promoted the idea that some members of the species Homo-Sapiens did not have the status of personhood. Eugenicists believed that by eliminating nonpersons they could help the economy. In her book Woman, Morality and Birth Control, published in New York in 1922, Sanger said, “Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.” “Her (Sanger’s) mother had 18 pregnancies, bore 11 children, and died in 1899 at the age of 40. Working as a nurse with immigrant families on New York’s Lower East Side, Sanger witnessed the sickness, misery, and death that resulted from unwanted pregnancy and illegal abortion.” In her article, “A Plan for Peace,” Sanger wrote, “Keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race.” She added, “Apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny (i.e. offspring) is already tainted.”
Sanger also believed that world’s population was growing too fast and that having too many children could also put a strain on well-educated white families as well. In her book, Woman and the New Race, Sanger wrote, “The most serious evil of our times is that of encouraging the bringing into the world of large families. The most immoral practice of the day is breeding too many children.”
Sanger argued that children were a threat to the well being of what it truly means to be a woman. She wrote, “It goes without saying that this woman loses also all opportunity of personal expression outside her home. She has neither a chance to develop social qualities nor to indulge in social pleasures. The feminine element in her – that spirit which blossoms forth now and then in women free from such burdens – cannot assert itself.”
In Sanger’s mind, the financial pressures of large families caused the third, fourth and fifth children to be prone to sickness, lack of higher education and given to evil practices like prostitution. She concluded, “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” Though her ideas seemed radical to some, her philosophy continued to gain momentum now backed with funding from wealthy donors, along with intellectual support from a few scholars in higher education, both in the United Sates and Germany. Margaret Sanger, herself the sixth child of a large family, had three children of her own, but still argued that there should be an “American Baby Code” to prevent overpopulation and to “protect society against the propagation and increase of the unfit.”
Although all races could be potentially be married, she argued that through the American Baby Code, “A marriage license shall in itself give husband and wife only the right to a common household and not the right to parenthood.” She thought the best solution was that, “no woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit for parenthood.” Sanger believed that life would be ideal if, “No permit for parenthood shall be valid for more than one birth.” Sanger explained, “All that sounds highly revolutionary, and it might be impossible to put the scheme into practice.” Although that specific planned failed, her organization continued to seek new ways to eliminate babies and began pushing for the legalization of abortion.
Margaret Sanger died in 1966 and John Rockefeller Jr. in 1960. Although many years have passed, their vision and legacy has lived on and Planned Parenthood has grown more powerful. Sanger’s predecessor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Alan Frank Guttmacher, chief of obstetrics at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, became one of the first physicians to call for the legality of abortion in America.
Abortion became legal in America in 1973 through a Supreme Court Ruling. By a majority vote, seven of the nine white male Justices forced the passing of Roe v. Wade. Many now consider Roe v. Wade the most controversial use of power in America’s history, allowing abortion-on-demand to be legal. United Sates is only one of five countries (the others being China, Vietnam, North Korea and Canada) in the world to allow abortion at any time. As Jeffrey Rosen wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “Justice Harry Blackmun, the author of Roe, said in a 1991 interview that the court’s decision to hear the abortion cases was a ‘serious mistake’ …and as a result, they decided the abortion cases without possessing a factual record about the medical, social and legal effects of various abortion restrictions.”
Today Planned Parenthood remains the largest abortion business in America. In 2012, Planned Parenthood of America alone did 327,166 surgical abortions and distributed 1.59 million abortion pills destroying human children at the earliest stages of development, while taking in $542 million in taxpayer support. Planned Parenthood’s Division, the Center for Family Planning Development, eventually became it’s own institution and was renamed the Guttmacher Institute.
In recent years Planned Parenthood, led by Cecil Richards, has received additional millions of dollars of tax-exempt funding from the Rockefeller family, and other billionaires, including Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. The National Review reported that in 2011, the Buffett Foundation gave $40 million dollars to Planned Parenthood, along with an additional $75 million dollars to abortion organizations like “National Abortion Federation Hotline Fund” to fund abortion. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given over $12.5 million dollars to Planned Parenthood and $21 million dollars to International Planned Parenthood Federation.
In 2009, the London Times and Steven Ertelt reported that billionaire supporters of Planned Parenthood, including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, David Rockefeller, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, George Soros and Michael Bloomberg met in New York at to discuss their favorite causes, such as population control. Bill Gates organized the gathering of billionaires at the home of Sir Paul Nurse, a British Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and president of Rockefeller University.
Margaret Sanger’s original plan to eliminate babies—especially African American babies—has gained strength recently in American’s urban cities. One of Margaret Sanger’s action steps for population control from her 1932 article, “A Plan for Peace,” was to “keep the birth rate at its present level of fifteen per thousand.” According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a statistical average of 14.8 babies were born per 1,000 population in the year 2012 (most recent year data released), the lowest rate since 1979 when the rate was also 14.8.
The most recent statistics reveal that more African American babies are being aborted in New York City than are being born each year. In the most recent year reported, 24,758 black babies were born while 31,328 black babies were aborted.
Planned Parenthood records that Sanger opened a family planning clinic in Harlem in 1930, staffed by a black physician and a black social worker. The clinic was endorsed by the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Urban League, and the black community’s elder statesman, W.E.B. DuBois.
Sanger called these efforts “The Negro Project.” On December 10, 1939 Margaret Sanger wrote a letter to her friend Dr. C.J. Gamble. He had been questioning Sanger for wanting to employ a full-time black physician. Sanger wanted him to understand that black patients would more likely come to get themselves sterilized if the doctor was black. Sanger explained to C.J. Gamble:
“While the colored negroes have great respect for white doctors they can get closer to their own members and more or less lay their cards on the table which means their ignorance, superstitions, and doubts. They do not do this with the white people and if we can train the negro doctor at the Clinic he can go among them with enthusiasm and with knowledge, which, I believe will have far-reaching results among the colored people.”
Sanger argued that the Federation should shape both the ideas of black physicians and also mold the minds of black ministers. She explained to Dr. C.J. Gable the reason for hiring black preachers as well:
“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.”
Her hideous and hidden plan is now well documented: “We don’t want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood and their wealthy donors have continued to seek and find African-Americans, preferably with social-service backgrounds and engaging personalities, to continue promoting the vision of Planned Parenthood. In the 1960s Planned Parenthood marketed their services towards women as being parallel to the civil rights movement. Planned Parenthood sought out the top leader and communicator amongst the several key leaders of the movement, Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was speaking out against racial injustice and became deceived by Margaret Sanger into believing that Planned Parenthood’s goal of educating the black community in contraception and sterilization was a way of helping African Americans. He said, “During the past half century Negroes have migrated on a massive scale, transplanting millions from rural communities to crammed urban ghettoes. In their migration, as with all migrants, they carried with them the folkways of the countryside into an inhospitable city slum…The Negro constitutes half the poor of the nation. Like all poor, Negro and white, they have many unwanted children. This is a cruel evil they urgently need to control. That which should be a blessing becomes a curse for parent and child.”In 1966, Planned Parenthood gave the Planned Parenthood Federation Margaret Sanger Award to the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. The citation read:
“Facing jail, abuse and physical danger, Dr. King’s unceasing efforts — in behalf of all Americans — to win freedom for the Negro people parallel closely Mrs. Sanger’s fight over the last half-century for the emancipation of women from the burdens of perpetual child-bearing and the emancipation of children from a future of poverty and hopelessness. Neither Mrs. Sanger nor Dr. King has hesitated to challenge unjust laws, cruel social customs and blind prejudice that hold people in ignorance and degradation.”
Planned Parenthood’s strategy was clear. Compare their founder Margaret Sanger to black leaders in the civil rights movement. Perhaps Americans would some day forget that their founder lectured racists groups including the Ku Klux Klan about population control of the “feeble-minded.”
In the early 1970’s prior to the legalization of abortion, some young African American preachers and civil rights leaders continued to take a stand against abortion. A young minister and civil rights leader named Jesse Jackson wrote in an Open Letter to Congress, ”As a matter of conscience I must oppose the use of federal funds for a policy of killing infants.” In Jet Magazine, Jesse Jackson boldly declared, “Abortion is Genocide.”
As a speaker at the March for Life, Jesse Jackson told thousands in Washington D.C. his story of how he was so thankful that his mother did not listen to the medical counsel to abort him. Jackson wrote, “People of color are for the most part powerless with regard to decisions made about population control.” He said, “Another area that concerns me greatly, namely because I know how it has been used with regard to race, is the psycholinguistics involved in this whole issue of abortion… That is why the Constitution called us three-fifths human and then whites further dehumanized us by calling us “niggers.” It was part of the dehumanizing process. The first step was to distort the image of us as human beings in order to justify that which they wanted to do and not even feel like they had done anything wrong. Those advocates of taking life prior to birth do not call it killing or murder; they call it abortion. They further never talk about aborting a baby because that would imply something human. Rather they talk about aborting the fetus. Fetus sounds less than human and therefore can be justified.”
But eleven years later in 1988, Jackson sought out the Democratic nomination for President of the United Sates and was pressured to change his stance on abortion. As Colman McCarthy described in the Washington Post that Rev. Jackson running for office announced his changed of mind on abortion saying, ”It is not right to impose private, religious and moral positions on public policy.” It was only a decade earlier that Jackson articulated a 1,000 word essay rejecting the privacy argument. He wrote, “If one accepts the position that life is private, and therefore you have the right to do with it as you please, one must also accept the conclusion of that logic. That was the premise of slavery. You could not protest the existence or treatment of slaves on the plantation because that was private and therefore outside your right to be concerned.” Although Jackson’s political campaign failed, no liberal African American politician following him would ever be allowed by the Democratic party to speak out against abortion or Planned Parenthood.
In the 80’s and 90’s, Planned Parenthood continued their marketing scheme that a woman’s right to choose was comparable to the struggle for civil rights. Soon after receiving an Ivy league education, Barack Obama, was hired in Chicago by the Developing Communities Project, a church-based community organization. After several years of gaining popularity in the Democratic party, Obama ran for the office of U.S. Senator from Illinois in 2004. He defeated pro-life African American Alan Keyes soundly while winning 70% of the vote. Obama was presented to America in July 2004 when he delivered a riveting keynote address at the Democratic national convention, seen by 9.1 million viewers across the country. Although Obama was not a minister, he was a winsome orator with the ability to a make a congregation shout “Amen” when he talked about change and hope.
Senator Obama defended abortion more than any senator in the history of America.
He voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act four times, voting against protecting newborn babies who survived abortion and voting in favor of leaving them to die. A few years later Americans would elect Obama to become the first African American President of the United States.
On April 29, 2013, President Obama made history by becoming the first sitting U.S. president to be a keynote speaker at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. He finished his speech to Planned Parenthood by saying, “As long as we’ve got to fight to protect a woman’s right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you’ve also got a president who’s going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way. Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.”
The original dream of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, and America’s “philanthropists” had succeeded. Many Americans became convinced that Planned Parenthood was about being pro-choice. However, Margaret Sanger had originally applied the word “choice” to unwanted people groups that she called “feeble-minded idiots.” In her article “Plan for Peace” Margaret Sanger said, “Give these dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.”
Years later, if you go to Planned Parenthood’s website or their marketing campaign, you will not see claims of racism or population control. Planned Parenthood may even bring up the names W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King Jr. and Barrack Obama as their friends and supporters. Planned Parenthood still uses the word “choice” to be about a woman’s choice of abortion, raising a baby or putting her baby up for adoption. But according to Planned Parenthood’s own annual report for last year, Planned Parenthood claims it did 327,166 surgical abortions, distributed 1.59 million abortion pills, but only gave 2,197 adoption referrals. For every 149 surgical abortions that stopped a beating heart, Planned Parenthood provided only ONE adoption referral. Look at the neighborhoods that Planned Parenthood is strategically located. Often times they set up shop in minority communities or near universities If you look at the evidence and the original sources included in these footnotes, you will discover that Planned Parenthood’s philosophy is still: “We do not want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”
One of the reasons we are publishing the book We Choose Life is because want to get the word out and, through God’s power, see abortion ended in our generation. Recently, among African American leaders a new pro-life stance has been gaining new momentum. Many of these leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, Alveda King, believe that if Martin Luther King Jr. would have had access to today’s ultrasound technology, he would not have supported Planned Parenthood. And he would not have endorsed what Planned Parenthood is doing today by killing babies in the womb. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to just everywhere.” That includes justice inside the womb. Dr. King also said, “The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sell the future of his children for his personal and immediate comfort and safety.”