#BlackLivesMatter but not at Planned Parenthood
Brian C Joondeph
#BlackLivesMatter is the mantra of the modern civil rights movement, a conversation around how, “Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state.” It is also a key platform of todays Democrat party, as presidential candidate Martin O’Malley learned the hard way. He was foolish enough to tell the Democrat base at the Netroots Nation conference that, “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.” After being booed off stage, he groveled for forgiveness, telling the outraged audience, “That was a mistake on my part.”
Meanwhile two videos were released showing Planned Parenthood senior medical officers discussing their chop shop for aborted baby parts. The medical directors, over a lunch of non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan salad, casually negotiated prices of baby liver and brain. They described the optimal way to deliver these parts, using forceps to “crush below” the monetized organs and other “less crunchy” abortion techniques.
#BlackLivesMatter did not come up in conversation with the baby parts merchants, yet perhaps it should have.
Planned Parenthood dates its inception to 1916 when Margaret Sanger opened America’s first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York. Less well known is that Sanger was a racist and eugenicist who considered many Americans unworthy of life. #ManyLivesDon’tMatter would have been her hashtag.
In the 1930s and 1940s, her eugenics views lead to compulsory sterilization laws in 30 U.S. states, ridding the population of “people she considered feeble-minded, idiots and morons.” She addressed a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1926. “That she generated enthusiasm among some of America’s leading racists says something about the content and tone of her remarks.” The KKK hashtag would have been #BlackLivesDon’tMatter.
In a letter Sanger wrote in 1939, she admitted, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” Given the popularity of Planned Parenthood among the left, word didn’t get out.
Flash forward to 2009 when Hillary Clinton accepted Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award. Hillary remarked, “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision.” Hillary went further, “I am really in awe of her, there are a lot of lessons we can learn from her life.” Do those lessons include Sanger’s Negro Project, dedicated to “the elimination of human waste”? #BlackLivesAreWaste? How would Netroots Nation respond? Will Jake Tapper grill Mrs. Clinton about her remarks with the same enthusiasm that he went after Carly Fiorina over her abortion views? Don’t hold your breath.
President Obama, in 2013, awarded 16 honorees with the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is “presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” One of the recipients was feminist Gloria Steinem, who accepted the honor hoping that it would reflect “the work of Margaret Sanger.” Neither she nor President Obama was asked which Sanger works were being celebrated. The Negro Project? Forced sterilization? Weeding out the unfit? #OnlyCertainLivesMatter.
Let’s not dwell in the past. Margaret Sanger is ancient history. Just as decades ago esteemed Democrat Robert Byrd was an Exalted Cyclops in the KKK. And Bull Conner was a Democrat, not a Republican. That’s not the Democrat party of today. Or is it? Where does #BlackLivesMatter fit into the modern day Democrat party supported Planned Parenthood?
Seems Black lives do matter very much to Planned Parenthood. Where do they place their clinics? “The primary consideration in making this determination is not poverty but the percentage of blacks in the area.” “Population control centers” are disproportionately “located in ZIP codes with higher percentages of blacks and/or Hispanics than the state’s overall percentage.” And who is getting abortions? “Though they make up less than 13% of the female population, black women have about 37% of the abortions,” according to a paper reviewing racial targeting and population control. Indeed, #BlackLivesMatter to Planned Parenthood, but not in the way Netroots Nation believes.
Planned Parenthood, with annual revenues exceeding $1.3 billion, performs over 1000 abortions a day, assuming their religious sensibilities dictate taking Sundays off. New York City leads the way in abortions with 76,000 annual abortions. While Blacks make up 25 percent of the NYC population, 46 percent of abortions were Black babies. Shockingly more Black babies were killed by abortion in NYC than were born alive. By contrast, Whites make up 44 percent of the NYC population but only account for 12 percent of abortions. Margaret Sanger’s dreams are being realized. Where is the outrage in The Big Apple over #BlackLivesMatter?
Do #BlackLivesMatter to leading civil rights organizations? These groups should be up in arms over the above statistics, yet the National Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the NAACP are all allied with Planned Parenthood, financially and philosophically. These are the same groups pushing #BlackLivesMatter over #AllLivesMatter.
Martin Luther King once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” What matters? #BlackLivesMatter. #WhiteLivesMatter. #AllLivesMatter. Martin O’Malley was right. Every life is precious. Yet racial and identity politics are worse than ever, despite the country electing a Black president, not once but twice. The inconvenient truth behind the Planned Parenthood videos matter.
Martin Luther King also told us, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” It’s the fools who are choosing hashtags over reality.