A bipartisan coalition of over 120 black American leaders have signed a letter addressed to Planned Parenthood, criticizing the company’s eugenicist roots and continued racist practices.
The letter, addressed to acting president Alexis McGill Johnson, urged her to “use your position at Planned Parenthood to confront the systemic racism of America’s abortion practices and to publicly renounce the racist legacy of your founder, Margaret Sanger.”
In the midst of national unrest after the tragic killing of George Floyd in May, which has inspired a nationwide conversation on racial relations, this letter calls on Planned Parenthood to address its own racial issues.
“The impact of abortion on Black communities is unequal and disproportionate,” the letter argues, citing the following data:
- black women are five times more likely than white women to obtain an abortion
- more black babies are aborted in New York than are born alive
- 79% of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are located in minority communities
To this coalition, these statistics are abhorrent, but not surprising given Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, who “wanted to use abortion and contraception to cull minority communities.”
In July, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York announced that it would be removing Sanger’s name from their Manhattan health clinic because of her “harmful connections to the eugenics movement.”
Sanger’s legacy – aside from founding abortion giant Planned Parenthood – includes racist beliefs in eugenics to “perfect” the human race and rid communities of minorities, her involvement with the Ku Klux Klan in her efforts to advocate for birth control, and her support of policies that would sterilize the disabled.
Planned Parenthood National has supported its New York chapter’s decision, but has not issued any similar statements condemning Sanger’s disturbing convictions.
“Planned Parenthood National must renounce the views and legacy of its founder,” the letter states, “and acknowledge and discontinue its ongoing systemic targeting of Black Americans with abortion facilities.”
Among the 120 signers are elected officials, pastors, and attorneys.
Elected officials include Louisiana State Senator Katrina Jackson (D), Michigan’s Kent County Commissioner Monica Sparks (D), Texas State Representative James White (R), George State Representative Mack Jackson (D), and Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill (R).
The letter was also signed by former NFL player Benjamin Watson, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s niece Alveda King.
The effort was organized by Human Coalition Action in partnership with the Frederick Douglass Foundation.