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Sanger, the Ku Klux Klan, and Planned Parenthood

“I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan…I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses…In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.” (Sanger 366)

The above quote is taken from the autobiography of Margaret Sanger, the sometimes revered mother of American abortion. She is also the founder of Planned Parenthood, an organization that has come under scrutiny recently for its use of federal tax dollars in financing the abortions that generate the bulk of its revenue, causing public friction for its supporting groups like Susan G. Komen and the Girl Scouts.  

Though a highly misunderstood figure, Sanger is often quickly associated with “progressivism.” But considering that the Ku Klux Klan would be considered anything but “progressive” by today’s standards, this quote immediately begs the question- why were the women of the KKK so attracted to her message? These women, predominantly Protestant Christians in Sanger’s time, would have generally rejected progressive or scientific social initiatives. Yet they, much like the liberal and commonly unreligious advocates of Planned Parenthood would later do, found Sanger worthy of admiration.  

Lloyd Marcus, author of Confessions of a Black Conservative, provides some perspective to address this peculiarity, and shares some truths about what the left’s devotion to abortion has wrought, specifically in regard to American blacks.

He writes:

 “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” So said Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood. Seventy-eight percent of Planned Parenthood clinics are in black neighborhoods. Blacks make up only 12% of the population, but 35% of America’s aborted babies are black. Half of black pregnancies end in abortion. Is this an intentional genocide? (Emphasis added)

 “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb,” according to Pastor Clenard Childress, Jr. Blacks are the only minority in America experiencing a declining population.

 So why would Obama, the NAACP, Rev. Sharpton, and other black leftists be passionate supporters of Planned Parenthood? Why did Al Sharpton threaten to protest a pro-life billboard which exposed the devastatingly high number of black abortions?

 Why, indeed. The application of ethics and morality in the abortion issue may vary from person to person, and debating this might require the most complex human philosophy, but the specificity of the abortion agenda’s targets in the black community could be recognized even by a child.  

 These trends are unpleasant to progressive sensibilities, and they therefore will be ignored or dismissed as false by those unwaveringly devoted to the notion that a woman’s right to “choose” is the crux of the debate. But the extent to which these disturbing trends are hidden and avoided by abortion advocates gives the pro-choice agenda a decidedly insidious nature.

 Abortion advocates in Washington, most notably San Francisco’s resident crooked Catholic Nancy Pelosi, have for years prattled about the long-term savings to be had through federal spending on contraception and abortion. The future public cost of education and welfare, they argue, will be significantly reduced if the welfare class can more readily afford and acquire abortions. So the fact that the abortion agenda has a targeted demographic should not, in itself, be surprising- implicit in these past suggestions is that the fertility of the lower economic rungs of society be cauterized. 

 There is an intense irony in the poor accepting Democrats like Pelosi as their champion in spite of the crowing about the need to sterilize them, but perhaps even more puzzling, and certainly tragic, is the fact that Barack Obama garnered 95% of the black vote in 2008 while promoting a wholesale devotion to a practice that proves uniquely destructive to black Americans.

 Half of the black children conceived in this country are aborted before reaching our world, and they are aborted at levels nearly three times their demographic representation. Lloyd Marcus ponders whether this is intentional, but the reality is that it doesn’t matter whether it is intentional or not. Either by design or inadvertently due to social realities, the evidence conclusively shows that the left is fulfilling Margaret Sanger’s vision of systematically exterminating blacks, which should reveal even to the most naive abortion advocate why her message was so incredibly attractive to the KKK in her time. In fact, it would even be reasonable to assume that those same women who once hung on Sanger’s every word might today support Planned Parenthood in their efforts, unintentional or not.

 The fact that today’s modern left doesn’t likewise profess the racist intentions of the KKK or Margaret Sanger does not change the fact that the result of its continuing quest to promote federally-sponsored abortion and Planned Parenthood, if one appraises a child in the womb to have the smallest ounce of humanity, does indeed border genocide.

 William Sullivan is a frequent contributor to American Thinker, and has been featured at FrontPage Magazine and World Net Daily.  His blog can be found at: http://politicalpalaverblog.blogspot.com and he can now be followed on Twitter.

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