Sanger’s Project

National Review, September 7, 2015, p.6

One place where black lives do not seem to matter is in utero. Black women are five times likelier than white women to have an abortion. As Ben Carson rightly noted during a recent Fox Business interview, that has much to do with the foundress of the birth-control movement (and Planned Parenthood), Margaret Sanger. While Sanger spent her 50-year birth-control crusade touting “reproductive freedom” and women’s “liberation,” those goals were inextricable, to her mind, from stopping the “reckless breeding” of the “inferior classes,” the “mentally defective,” the “poverty-stricken,” et al. Thus in 1939, Sanger commenced her “Negro Project” to promote birth control among blacks, who, her Birth Control Federation reported, “still breed carelessly and dis­astrously.” The abortion industry intentionally or not, has carried on Sanger’s troubling legacy As of 2011, abortion and abortion-referral clinics were overwhelmingly located in zip codes with minority populations well above the state average, according to a study by the pro-life organization Life Dynamics. And “when the American family planning industry places multiple facilities in a ZIP code ” the study noted, “that ZIP code is more than two-and-a-half times as likely to be disproportionately minority as not”

Furthermore, despite increased access to abortion and contracep­tion, studies have shown abortion rates rising among low-income women. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has suggested that there are “pop­ulations that we don’t want to have too many of.” If you want to know which populations she’s thinking of, look for the local Planned Parenthood clinic.

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