On July 21, 2020, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York announced that it would remove the name of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, from its Manhattan abortion facility due to her “‘harmful connections to the eugenics movement.’”
According to the New York Daily News, Karen Seltzer, the organization’s chair, asserted that the “‘removal of Margaret Sanger’s name from our building is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color.’”
Rev. Dean Nelson, executive director of Human Coalition Action, commented that “[one] cannot acknowledge the racist person and history without admitting to the racist vision that has resulted in nearly 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities being located within walking distance of Black neighborhoods.”
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms agrees with Rev. Nelson. Planned Parenthood’s action is nothing more than an empty and shameful act of political pandering. As WORLD noted, the organization issued a lengthy defense of Sanger’s views just four short years ago. In a nation that is roiled with racial tension and unease, America’s largest abortion provider clearly wishes to signal its racial virtue. If Planned Parenthood truly wishes to “reckon with [its] legacy,” however, it must reckon with the fact that the number of black babies born in New York City each year is exceeded by the number of black babies that are aborted there.
If Planned Parenthood truly wishes to erase the stain of its founder’s racist and eugenicist views, it must stop its wanton destruction of the lives of black children. Better yet, it should repent of its involvement in abortion and of the millions of innocent lives it has taken.