|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on April 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM|
Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson distanced the organization from its founder in a Saturday New York Times op-ed, mentioning Sanger's support for eugenics as well as a speech Sanger gave to the Ku Klux Klan's women's auxiliary. Sanger's "Negro Project," which aims to give black women access to birth control, was not mentioned by the Planned Parenthood president.
McGill Johnson wrote, "By elevating whiteness, we have contributed to America harming Black women and other women of color."
For years, fact checkers have whitewashed Sanger's legacy, downplaying her comments on eugenics and her birth control targeting of the black community, according to Dillon.
“Planned Parenthood has finally acknowledged their racist roots, so what do the fact checkers who ran defense for them (and their founder Margaret Sanger) have to say for themselves,” Dillon tweeted Tuesday.
“Fact checkers had every opportunity to hold Planned Parenthood accountable. But here's @NPR "debunking" what Planned Parenthood now admits is true,” Dillon tweeted, referring to an NPR fact check on former HUD Secretary Ben Carson's claim that Planned Parenthood was founded to control the black population.
“Did Margaret Sanger believe in eugenics?” says the narrator. The fact checker inquired. “Yes, but not in the way Carson implied,” says the author.
Sanger's attitude toward "African-Americans can certainly be viewed as paternalistic," according to the NPR fact check, but "there is no evidence she subscribed to the more racist ideas of the time or that she coerced black women into using birth control," according to the fact check.
Dillon also brought up a Snopes fact check on whether a photograph of Sanger at a KKK rally actually existed. While Sanger did once speak to the KKK, the photo “purportedly showing Sanger at a Klan rally is not genuine,” according to Snopes, adding that “Sanger expressed no affinity for the KKK.”
According to Dillon, FactCheck.org defended Sanger and Planned Parenthood against Herman Cain's claim that Sanger wanted to prevent "black babies from being born." Cain, who died in July, was the CEO of Godfather's Pizza and ran for President of the United States in 2012.
“They smeared Herman Cain (who’s black), while advancing PP’s lie that Sanger ‘worked for social and racial justice,'” the Babylon Bee CEO said.
When Glenn Kessler fact-checked Cain's comments in 2011, the Washington Post called Sanger a "racial pioneer." Cain's comments received four Pinocchios from the Washington Post, which described them as "historical fiction" and stated that "there is no evidence that Sanger ever sought to kill black babies, either through the Negro Project or any other endeavor."
As if they would outsourced this piece to Planned Parenthood's PR team, they perfectly echoed Planned Parenthood's prior sugarcoating of Sanger's views,” Dillon joked.
“Here’s @snopes trying to create distance between Sanger and the KKK, even as they admit she spoke at a klan rally,” Dillon continued. “They claim she ‘disparaged’ the klan’s mission and only spoke to them to reach a wider audience.”
A Politifact check, according to the CEO of the Babylon Bee, a conservative satire website, "sure you know just how much Margaret Sanger loved black people, and how wrong Ben Carson is for thinking otherwise."
“They cite a biographer who claimed ‘Sanger actually opposed prejudice,'” Dillon said.
Sanger eventually distanced herself from the eugenics movement, but she endorsed a Supreme Court decision that allowed states to sterilize the "unfit" without their consent — "a ruling that led to the sterilization of tens of thousands of people in the twentieth century," according to McGill Johnson's New York Times op-ed.
“The first human trials of the birth control pill — a project that was Sanger’s passion later in her life — were conducted with her backing in Puerto Rico, where as many as 1,500 women were not told that the drug was experimental or that they might experience dangerous side effects,” the Planned Parenthood president said.
“Up until now, Planned Parenthood has failed to own the impact of our founder's actions,” McGill Johnson wrote, but added that determining whether Sanger was a racist is “not a simple yes or no question.”
“We don’t know what was in Sanger’s heart, and we don’t need to in order to condemn her harmful choices,” the Planned Parenthood president said. “We have a history of relentlessly focusing on white womanhood.”
“Whether our founder was a racist is not a simple yes or no question,” McGill Johnson said. “Understanding her full legacy and its impact is our reckoning. Our reckoning is the work that comes next.”
They do not mention that her entire reason for creating Planned Parenthood was to kill black babies.