In a twist, a key Planned Parenthood chapter purges the group’s founder for racist beliefs
The progressive project to trash America’s history by vandalizing or removing statues and monuments has taken aim at Christopher Columbus, the Founding Fathers, Confederate generals, Catholic saints and latter-day presidents like Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
But give the radicals credit. They finally came for one of their most treasured icons.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Planned Parenthood of Greater New York is removing the name of Margaret Sanger from its building.
Sanger, a public health nurse, established the first abortion clinic in Brooklyn in 1916. She has been heralded as a champion of women’s rights.
But, as conservatives have long pointed out, her advocacy of killing children in the womb in the name of “freedom” ultimately has annihilated millions of Americans — with an estimated 60 million in the 47 years since Roe v. Wade — particularly in poor and minority communities.
In a statement, Karen Seltzer, chairwoman of Planned Parenthood’s New York affiliate, said: “The removal of Margaret Sanger’s name from our building is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color.”
Some background driving Planned Parenthood’s current soul-searching can be found in an American Wire post from June. Then, we noted a 2012 study by the pro-life group Protecting Black Life that determined 79 percent of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities were within walking distance of Black or Hispanic neighborhoods.
Sanger also was known as a chief proponent of eugenics, through which her critics believed she wanted to promote the dominance of middle-class whites. This meant not just urging abortion among minorities but also with the poor, the uneducated and the physically and mentally disabled.
In a particularly intriguing bit of Newspeak defending Sanger, Ellen Chesler, author of a Sanger biography, told the Times that Sanger encouraged the “opposite of racism” when she maintained that children of Black and minority parents would have better lives if there were fewer of them.
That, however, wasn’t the only observation worth pondering in the Times’ piece.
Merle McGee, Planned Parenthood’s chief equity and engagement officer, told the Times the goal was not to completely purge Sanger from its consciousness.
“We’re not going to obliterate her,” McGee said. “If we obliterate her, we cannot reckon with her.”
Could we not say the same for Confederate generals or maybe Woody Wilson?
The Times reported Planned Parenthood may also take down the street sign dedicated to Sanger that has hung outside its New York City clinic for 27 years, which was also when the Clinton administration dubbed the site of her original clinic a National Historic Landmark.
No word yet on whether her portrait will be removed from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.
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