Planned Parenthood Federation of America dates its beginning to Oct. 16, 1916, when Margaret Sanger opened the nation’s first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York.
Sanger had three basic philosophies that are still active within Planned Parenthood today:
1. A desire for uninhibited sexual activity
2. An aversion to large families, which led her to champion birth control – including abortion – to avoid the natural result of sexual activity.
3. A passion to prevent the birth of “defectives,” which led to her stating in her 1932 Plan for Peace that persons from “dysgenic groups” should be given their choice of sterilization or confinement on a farm for the rest of their lives. Sanger was a member of the American Eugenics Society.
For 96 years, Planned Parenthood has been actively spreading these philosophies.
In the early years, Planned Parenthood fought to: have churches accept the use of contraception; allow sex information to be sent through the mail; and strike down all the state laws against contraception. From 1916 to 1965, it accomplished all of these goals.
Planned Parenthood also funded a search for effective contraceptives which led to the approval of the first Oral Contraceptive by the Food and Drug Administration in 1960. The advent of the birth control pill has been cited by many sociologists as the catalyst of the “free sex” era of the 1960s and 70s. This brought with it an explosion in sexually transmitted viruses and other sexually related diseases – a problem still with us some 50 years later.
In 1953, Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Lena Levine said that PP had designed its own sex education programs to teach children how to obtain sexual satisfaction before marriage – not to remain abstinent. The results of these programs became apparent in the 1980s as teen pregnancy rates skyrocketed. Today, Planned Parenthood is increasing its sex education push and, with the help tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money, has become the largest provider of sex education in America.
Never mind that it doesn’t work. Never mind that Amarillo, Texas – that threw Planned Parenthood out of the Texas Panhandle five years ago – is now reporting the lowest teen pregnancy rate since records have been kept. Planned Parenthood, like its founder, still wants everyone (married or not) to have sex.
Why? Because Planned Parenthood makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year selling birth control pills and other birth control devices.
The fact that one of the known mechanisms of the pill was to allow fertilization to take place and to prevent implantation of an already created human being in the womb – thus killing that new human being – was a problem in the 1960s. This was clearly an abortion, which was illegal. The problem was “solved” in 1965 merely by redefining “conception” as implantation in the womb – thus stating that “pregnancy” begins at implantation and “abortion” is the termination of a pregnancy. In one neat set of verbal gymnastics, what was an abortion is no longer called an abortion.
Today, the use of the birth control pill, and similar products, results in the deaths of millions of human beings a year – a death toll that no one counts and few even care about. But each of these deaths is of particular concern to the individual who dies.
Other deaths are counted. In 2010, Planned Parenthood did 27 percent of all the abortions in the United States. It has ended the lives of over 6,000,000 human beings in its own facilities since 1970. And, during that same time, it collected over $6 billion in taxpayer money.
Planned Parenthood does not make public the race of its abortion clients anymore. In the 1990s, it revealed that 43 percent of its abortions were on blacks and other minorities – who only made up 22 percent of the population.
Sex and death – that is the legacy of Planned Parenthood.
Fornication and murder accepted as normal – that is the legacy of Planned Parenthood.
Black genocide – that is the legacy of Planned Parenthood.
If Planned Parenthood, the organization, doesn’t make it to its 100th anniversary, THAT would be a great legacy for America.
Jim Sedlak is vice president of American Life League and a lifelong Catholic. His articles have appeared in numerous online and print media. He has given pro-life presentations on four continents and appeared on numerous radio and TV networks including ABC, FOX, HBO, MTV, and EWTN.
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