By Jim Sedlak
Planned Parenthood’s world is being rocked these days. Its continuing admissions of being a white supremacist, racist organization—not only in the past, but also in the present day—have a lot of its supporters feeling betrayed.
People who believed the Planned Parenthood lies of being a benevolent health care organization have been forced to come to terms with the fact that the organization and its founder are simply not what they pretended to be.
The shock and disappointment is palpable. It is similar to the anguish felt by generations of fans when the truth was revealed about Bill Cosby. The apparently wholesome, funny, family man, who, we discovered, was a member of Planned Parenthood’s National Board of Advocates, was ultimately convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The shock waves that sped through his fans were devastating.
That same kind of devastation is now beginning to flow through the Planned Parenthood workers and supporters who believed Planned Parenthood’s forceful denials of the charges of racism and eugenics. They are beginning to question if Planned Parenthood’s sexuality education programs are really there to help kids or are they focused, as the opposition claims, on creating customers for Planned Parenthood products.
It all reminds me of the time, back in 1995, when we were actively fighting Planned Parenthood sexuality education programs for teens. There was a woman who was a major donor of Planned Parenthood in Westchester County, New York. She would listen to our arguments, but would always insist that she would continue funding the organization.
Then Planned Parenthood started pushing around the country a book for children 10-years-old and up. The book was titled “It’s Perfectly Normal” by Robie Harris. Planned Parenthood people loved the book. We took one look at its drawings of naked people, teens in bed together, and much worse, and labeled it pornography. I actually took the book to a local police lieutenant and asked what he would say if he saw me in a park showing the book to 10-year-olds. He said he would arrest me.
Someone said that we should show the book to the Westchester woman. So we took it to her. She leafed through the book and was appalled. When we told her Planned Parenthood endorsed the book, she immediately called the local office and identified herself. She told them that she had just seen the book and asked if Planned Parenthood endorsed the book. She was told, “Yes. We think the book is great.” She said: “Then you will never get another dime from me” and hung up.
This is the kind of aha moment that is happening today across America and the world. People in all walks of life, who believed in Planned Parenthood, are now unnerved. The EPIC museum in Dublin, Ireland—that has repeatedly defended the presence of Sanger’s picture—has now agreed to remove it.
What particularly concerns us at American Life League are the prominent individuals and organizations that have accepted awards from Planned Parenthood without knowing the truth. We are aware from our conversations with former Planned Parenthood affiliate board members that the organization frequently hides things from them. If its board members don’t know the whole truth, how much less do its award recipients know?
Over the years, Planned Parenthood has handed out 62 Margaret Sanger Awards and hundreds of Maggie Awards to media. Do you think all these recipients knew the true nature of Planned Parenthood when they accepted the supposed honor?
Realistically, we’re sure some of them did. But we bet the great majority did not. If we are going to move forward from here, American Life League believes we must set the record straight. Now that the ugly truth is emerging, how many of the award winners honestly knew the real white supremacist and racist nature of Planned Parenthood?
We need an answer to that question, and American Life League will be contacting each of the award winners (or their families, if the award winner is deceased) and ask the question:
Did you (or your family member) really know the nature of Planned Parenthood when you accepted the award?
It is past time that Planned Parenthood stops getting away with all its lies.
Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly talk program on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.
The week also saw additional Planned Parenthood affiliates condemning Margaret Sanger:
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest: “We will dismantle systems of privilege and oppression within Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. This includes addressing the history of racism in sexual and reproductive health care and Planned Parenthood’s past.”
Planned Parenthood North Central States: “Our founder, Margaret Sanger, perpetuated a number of problematic beliefs and actions. We want to be very clear that we vehemently denounce her ideology that certain people — specifically people of color, people with low incomes, and people with disabilities — should be prevented from having children … Sanger’s promotion of eugenics was egregious and wrong. While we acknowledge the benefits that we have reaped from her advocacy for birth control, we take responsibility for the damage that was done. She willfully ignored the incredible harm that her beliefs caused, especially to people of color, people with disabilities, and people with low incomes. We condemn that behavior.”
Virginia League of Planned Parenthood: “We also acknowledge our past and our present participation in white supremacyand are committed to stopping, learning, growing and living our values through the hard and uncomfortable work of progress. As we mourn, we are also forced to take a look at ourselves and to reckon with change.”
All of these statements by Planned Parenthood are beginning to have an effect even outside the United States. Margaret Sanger’s maiden name was Higgins. Both of her parents came from Ireland. In Dublin, there is an EPIC museum that is dedicated to honoring important emigrants from Ireland. The museum has long had a large picture of Margaret Sanger displayed in a window. Previous efforts to get the museum to take down that picture failed. Now, Church Militant reportsthat a new effort to remove the picture has been successful. The museum decided it will remove the picture after a Catholic philosopher cited the removal of her name from the Planned Parenthood center in New York City and complained about her racist and eugenicist beliefs. In addition to the picture, the museum also has a number of other items commemorating Sanger. The fate of those articles is not, yet, known.
Since our last WSR, Planned Parenthood has . . .
Street chalking and murals have become a very popular method of spreading the pro-life message at Planned Parenthood. The following are examples:
Recently, the Christian Post ran an article about Taylor Hansen who wants to paint “Baby Lives Matter” in front of Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. Hansen told the author of the article: “10 unarmed Black Americans were killed by police in 2019. They have murals all around the country. Almost 400,000 innocent babies were murdered by Planned Parenthood in 2019. It’s about damn time they get a mural too.”
His mural at Planned Parenthood in DC is the latest effort of the Baby Lives Matter movement, which began two weeks ago after artist and pro-life activist Tayler Hansen spent seven hours painting a Baby Lives Matter mural on the street in front of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Students for Life of America (SFLA) published a video showing two members of the group—strategic partnerships advisor Warner DePriest along with a student member—being arrested by police outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington’s NoMa neighborhood. SFLA said “Our students and team members were threatened, harassed, and arrested in front of Planned Parenthood in Washington D.C. for chalking all Preborn Black Lives Matter.”
“Days before the demonstration, police officials told Tina Whittington, executive vice president of SFLA, that “a ‘Pandora’s box’ had been opened regarding painting,” and that the group would not be stopped from painting during their demonstration, but should use a paint that would wash away quickly,” Kristan Hawkins, President of SFLA, said.
“Despite those assurances, when members of the group arrived outside the Planned Parenthood clinic on August 1, they were told by police they could use neither paint nor chalk to write a message,“ Hawkins said.
We congratulate all those involved in spreading the pro-life message through street activities—including chalking and painting.