Planned Parenthood admits they must ‘reckon’ with founder Margaret Sanger’s ‘legacy’ on the run
Saturday, the president of the Federation for Family Planning of America, Alexis McGill Johnson, wrote a conciliatory editorial in The New York Times that was sort of reckoning with the legacy of their founder, Margaret Sanger.
The title of Johnson’s article read, “I’m the head of Planned Parenthood. I’m tired of making excuses for our founder. The caption continued, “We must take into account Margaret Sanger’s association with white supremacist groups and eugenics.”
Now, Planned Parenthood is ready to recognize and, in their own words, “heed” Sanger’s dubious legacy.
Since becoming involved with Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger’s legacy on race has been an open question.
What people want to know is, was she or wasn’t she racist?
And we answered all the questions except this one. https://t.co/KSwSci69fw
– Alexis McGill Johnson (@alexismcgill) April 18, 2021
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McGill Johnson is quick to say that Sanger “remains an influential part of our history and will not be erased.”
McGill Johnson also says, “We don’t know what was in Sanger’s heart, and we don’t need to do so to condemn his nefarious choices. She continued, “Whether our founder is racist is not a simple yes or no question.
By his own admission, McGill Johnson states that Margaret Sanger addressed the female auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan in 1926.
Still according to McGill Johnson, Sanger supported the Supreme Court’s decision in the Buck v Bell case, which allowed states to sterilize people deemed “unfit” without their consent or knowledge.
Planned Parenthood, while not erasing Sanger, says the first step in their calculation is “to make Margaret Sanger less prominent in our present and our future.”
To this end, they removed the Sanger name from rewards and buildings.
So how does Planned Parenthood seek to come to terms more with Sanger’s legacy? Response from McGill Johnson:
“By focusing on whiteness, we have helped make America harm black women and other women of color. And when we focus too narrowly on “women’s health,” we’ve left out trans and non-binary people. “
Other promises are well in the vein of the language that you see proliferating everywhere among the left today:
We are committed to fighting against the many types of dehumanization we are witnessing today: the dehumanization of black and Latin American victims of police violence like Adam Toledo, Daunte Wright, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and many more. The dehumanization of transgender people whose health care and rights are flouted in states across the country, and who face attacks not only from the right but also from radical trans-exclusive “feminists”.
Margaret Sanger has harmed generations with her beliefs. In our second century, family planning has a chance to heal these wrongs. Account with Margaret Sanger is one thing. We have to reckon with ourselves.
– Alexis McGill Johnson (@alexismcgill) April 18, 2021
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Black pro-life leaders have none
Several black pro-life leaders responded to McGill Johnson’s editorial, calling it “hollow.”
Vice President of the Human Coalition Benjamin Watsonsaid the former NFL tight end,
“Whether or not they personally identify with Sanger’s ideology, they continue to carry out his mission, serving as the primary tormentor of our children. The same Sanger they claim to disown would applaud their efforts and results, as a disproportionate percentage of black children have been killed in Planned Parenthood abortion clinics.
“Recognizing a racist story does not free them from the blood on their hands, because they continue to take full advantage of the victims of the racism they denounce”,
Dr. Deborah Honeycutt, chair of the board of directors of Human Coalition Action, did not hesitate to reject McGill Johnson’s apology.
“Family planning has contributed to the harm of women of color for decades.” She said that “McGill Johnson’s so-called ‘calculation’ does not change this truth.
“They have failed to deal with white supremacy within his organization as they continue to aggressively attack black and brown communities with abortion. Destroying human life contributes to a culture of death and injustice, and Planned Parenthood will forever be known for killing a generation of minorities, just as Margaret Sanger had dreamed of.
Human Coalition Vice President Benjamin Watson speaks https://t.co/RLiBtXfGp0
– Joe McKinley (@bartmckinley) April 19, 2021
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McGill Johnson continued in his op-ed by saying that while Sanger’s story does not deny it fight for women’s rights, it tarnishes it.
Ultimately, McGill Johnson and Planned Parenthood must take into account that Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood are eternally linked.
Margaret Sanger’s beliefs have caused irreparable damage to the lives and health of generations of Blacks, Latin Americans, Indigenous people, immigrants, people with disabilities, low-income people, and many more. Learn more about @alexismcgill: https://t.co/zc7Q6UY1mc pic.twitter.com/LrAy1lGYuX
– Parenthood planning (@PPFA) April 18, 2021
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