In a letter to the editor, Planned Parenthood Director Kay Scott denies the obvious. She should view the following:
Letters to the editor Monday
Posted: April 11, 2010 – 12:18am
Planned Parenthood no eugenics plot
It’s a shame that the Savannah Morning News would print such a misguided opinion column, full of misinformation and hysteria (“Children need more stones,” Geveryl Robinson, March 21).
Planned Parenthood works harder than any pro-life protestor ever will to help educate all communities so that they can make the best health care decisions for themselves. No one works harder than Planned Parenthood to provide the health care services that help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies while also providing cancer screenings and other essential services.
The founder of Planned Parenthood lived 80 years ago and brought birth control information and services to all those who requested them. This was a time when just talking about birth control could land you in jail and before abortion was legal. What she said about eugenics has never been a part of Planned Parenthood’s beliefs.
Women who face challenges getting affordable preventive services often face higher unintended pregnancies as well as many other preventable illnesses. Instead of using race to divide our communities, we should all be working with Planned Parenthood to ensure that all women get affordable health care services.
President/CEO Planned Parenthood of Georgia
HERE IS THE STORY:
Robinson: Children need more stones
Author: GEVERYL ROBINSON
Albert Einstein once said, “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
I was reminded of this statement when I became aware of billboards in Fulton and DeKalb counties in Atlanta that proclaimed the following:
“Black Children Are An Endangered Species. TOOMANYABORTED.COM”
I am pro-life. I believe the abortion of any child of any race is murder.
However, in this country, abortion is legal; thus, women have the right to make that choice. In addition, I am not a conspiracy theorist, and I tend to become irritated with those people who are.
But after researching Planned Parenthood and speaking to Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation and the man responsible for the billboards, and Catherine Davis, Minority Outreach Director for Georgia Right to Life, I am 100 percent certain that Planned Parenthood targets minorities – namely, Black people.
My statement is not based on a conspiracy theory or paranoia. It’s based on facts.
Bomberger was put up for adoption after his mother was raped. He has said his campaign doesn’t target black women. Instead, it exposes an industry that he believes targets African-Americans.
During my talk with him, he added, “This is not propaganda; this is the truth. It’s amazing how people can have the truth in black and white, and still try to deny it.”
For those who may not know about Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, she was a eugenicist who spearheaded the birth control movement and Planned Parenthood for one reason. On page 12 of “Morality and Birth Control,” Sanger wrote, “Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.”
She believed there were certain people who should not pro-create. She focused on one group in particular and put her plan, which she called the “Negro Project” in motion.
Here’s what she wrote on Dec. 19, 1939, in a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble:
“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.”
The billboard campaign has come under fire, and Loretta Ross, the executive director of theSisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective in Atlanta, said the billboards painted black women as either monsters intent on destroying their own race or victims of whites who control abortion clinics.
“The reason we have so many Planned Parenthoods in the black community is because leaders in the black community in the ’20s and ’30s went to Margaret Sanger and asked for them,” Ms. Ross said. “Controlling our fertility was part of our uplift out of poverty strategy, and it still works.”
I’m going to guess that Ms. Ross is probably not a Rhodes scholar. I am not aware of any correlation between abortions of black children and uplift out of the poverty strategy of the black race. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure blacks are at the bottom of the poverty chain. In addition, Sanger’s plan didn’t really take effect until the 1940s, so Ross’s claim that in the ’20s and ’30s black leaders went to Sanger and asked for Planned Parenthood is ludicrous.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s research arm, “In the United States, the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women, and 43 percent of all black pregnancies end in abortion.” Those are pretty high statistics, considering that blacks nationally comprise only13 percent of the population but account for36.4 percentof all abortions.
In Georgia the toll is worse. According to the Georgia Department of Community Health,58 percentof all abortions committed in 2008 were on black women, even though blacks comprise 30 percent of the state population.
I have often wondered how many pro-life advocates would be willing to “put up or shut up. How many would be willing to adopt a child whose mother kept her child?
Some have said trying to fight against organizations like Planned Parenthood is like David battling Goliath. If people rallied to fight for things in which they believed, I’m sure Goliath would attest that it’s amazing what small stones can do.
Geveryl Robinson, formerly of Savannah, lives and writes in Knoxville.