Planned Parenthood is fighting back against a claim by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain that abortion clinics are put in African American communities as part of a "planned genocide" to kill black babies before they are born.
Cain stood by his statement when questioned about it on Sunday, saying he would direct people to the words of Margaret Sanger, the late founder of Planned Parenthood and a supporter of eugenics.
"Seventy-five percent of those facilities were built in the black community. In Margaret Sanger's own words, she didn't use the word 'genocide,' but she did talk about preventing the increasing number of poor blacks in this country by preventing black babies from being born," Cain told CBS' "Face the Nation."
"It is simply unacceptable for those who oppose legal abortion to use inflammatory and divisive language based on race to push an ideological agenda," Veronica Byrd, director of African American media for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund said in a statement responding to Cain's remarks.
"Hermain Cain is wrong on the facts and clearly out of the mainstream in his attack on Planned Parenthood," Byrd said.
Byrd also pointed to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, an organization dedicated to sexual and reproductive health, that shows fewer than one in 10 abortion clinics are located in predominantly African-American neighborhoods.
The Guttmacher Institute said that according to 2008 figures, the most recent data available, 63 percent of abortion clinics -- defined as providers of 400 or more abortions annually -- are located in predominantly white neighborhoods while 12 percent are located in neighborhoods where one-half or more of the residents are Hispanic. Only 9 percent are located in predominantly black neighborhoods while 15 percent are located in mixed racial and communities.
At the same time, however, the institute notes that the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women and for Hispanics, it is double the rate of whites.
A few of Ms. Sanger's more memorable quotes follow:
On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
"...human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born." Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people
On sterilization & racial purification:
Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial "purification," couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization.Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.
On the purpose of birth control:
The purpose in promoting birth control was "to create a race of thoroughbreds," she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)
On the rights of the handicapped and mentally ill, and racial minorities:
"More children from the fit, less from the unfit -- that is the chief aim of birth control." Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12
On the extermination of blacks:
"We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population," she said, "if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon
"The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)
Thank you Mr. Cain for allowing us the opportunity to shed some light on Planned Parenthood and the organization's founder.
H/T Deacon Greg.