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What do these various politicians, actors, business people and otherwise famous people have in common?
Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Former Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun
Former First Lady Abigail Van Buren
John D. Rockefeller III
The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
Former President Lyndon Baines Johnson
What they all have in common is that they were recipients of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award.
The Margaret Sanger Award was an honor given each year by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America from 1966 to 2015. It was established to honor the legacy of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. This award was the organization’s highest honor up through 2015, at which time it was quietly discontinued. It was used to recognize excellence and leadership in the “reproductive health and rights” movement. The award used to be considered a great honor for those who promoted abortion, and pro-abortion advocates have strongly defended their position over the years.
But in recent times Planned Parenthood has been attempting to rebrand itself. A big part of the reason for the felt need to rebrand has to do with the Black Lives Matter movement. But to understand the connection, it is necessary to know something about Margaret Sanger herself. So just who was she?
The reason her name is associated with Planned Parenthood in the first place is, obviousley, that she was its founder. In fact, it can be said that she was the founder of the entire birth control movement in the U.S. But it is the reason she founded the organization that has caused the latest attempt to scrub her name.
Margaret Sanger was a proponent of negative eugenics. The purpose of this movement was to improve human hereditary traits through social intervention by reducing the reproduction of those who were considered “unfit.” One particular group that she considered to be in that category were black people. You see, Sanger was a full on racist. She even once addressed the women’s auxiliary of the KKK.
In 1939, Sanger launched the “Negro Project.” The stated aim of this effort was “helping Negroes control their birthrate.” What she didn’t reveal in public, though, was that her motivation for doing that was to eliminate the black race. It is interesting to note that while Planned Parenthood would, these days, never openly espouse the racist views and tactics of its founder, the fact is, in practical terms, they still carry out the policies of Sanger herself. In fact, even today, 80% of their abortion facilities are located within walking distance of Black neighborhoods.
But Sanger didn’t limit her eugenics aspirations to black people. She was for getting rid of any group of people that she considered would weaken the human gene pool. She supported policies to sterilize people with disabilities, as well as of placing illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, and dope fiends on farms “for the strengthening and development of moral conduct.” To enforce this, she also advocated for a federal “population bureau” to police reproduction. Hitler himself was a great admirer of Sanger as his desire to purify the German race paralleled Sanger’s overall goals.
Anti-abortion advocates have worked diligently over the years to expose the horrors Planned Parenthood has promoted, and, as a result, they have been working hard to push the criticism aside. Years ago they began promoting a strategy to call pro-abortion advocates “pro-choice.” They never have wanted to have to defend abortion as the killing of an innocent baby. Another attempt to deflect criticism was the decision to discontinue handing out the Margaret Sanger award. But in July 2020 another shoe dropped. Feeling the heat of criticism of Sanger’s racism, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York has removed her name from its New York City clinic and renamed it the Manhattan Health Center of New York. Taking their rebranding one step further, they have even asked the city of New York to remove Sanger’s name from local streets, as well.
The truth is, Planned Parenthood is immoral to the core. Their efforts have resulted in the murder of over 62 million preborn babies since Roe vs. Wade was decided in 1973. The fact that they are doing everything they can to deflect attention from their immoral business demonstrates that they know what they are doing is wrong – all the while not being willing to give up their naturalistic beliefs.
God is real, and the moral principles he has revealed in the Bible are true. Christians, as a part of their Christian witness, need to continue to expose Planned Parenthood’s lies and immoral behavior.
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
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