Following last week’s protests in Charlottesville, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) is claiming a link between white nationalists and pro-life groups.
“THREAD: White supremacists at #Charlottesville have close ties not just to Trump, but GOP & anti-choice groups,” the organization tweeted on Wednesday. Earlier that day, the NARAL argued that white supremacists and anti-choice groups “both want to control women’s bodies.”
The organization points to white nationalist Matthew Heimbach, founder of the “Traditionalist Worker Party.” Heimbach, who attended the Charlottesville rally, has encouraged people to participate in the March for Life event.
The NARAL argues that white supremacists promote “anti-choice” policies because these policies “disproportionately harm women of color.”
In truth, the pro-life movement discourages black women from getting abortions because it is morally opposed to abortion and concerned about the high rates of abortion in black communities.
“The foundation of the #prolife movement is respect 4 the inherent dignity of every person regardless of race, creed, disability, politics, etc.,” tweeted March for Life president Jeanne Mancini on Wednesday.
The claim that pro-lifers are linked to white supremacists is ironic because the founder of Planned Parenthood could easily be called a white supremacist.
Margaret Sanger strongly believed that every woman is entitled to sexual pleasure, and that every woman should be able to decide when and if she has a child. For these and other reasons, she opened a birth control clinic in 1916.
Sanger was also an enthusiastic racial-eugenicist with an overarching vision for what she called “race improvement.” She lamented America’s “race of degenerates” and insisted the nation must be purged of its “human weeds” and the “dead weight of human waste.”
With the goal of refining the “gene pool,” Sanger established the American Birth Control League in 1921; in 1942, the organization’s name was changed to Planned Parenthood.
In 1926, Margaret Sanger delivered a speech to the women’s branch of the KKK. She later wrote about the speech in her 1938 biography:
“Always to me any aroused group was a good group, and therefore I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan at Silver Lake, New Jersey,” she wrote (can you imagine if these words were said by a Republican today??).
The following year, working on what she termed “The Negro Project,” Sanger wrote the following in a letter to colleague Dr. Clarence Gamble: “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”
One of Sanger’s favorite slogans was: “Birth Control: To Create a Race of Thoroughbreds.”
To this day, Planned Parenthood kills a far higher percentage of unborn African-American babies than it does white babies.
Additional Note: I looked into the Planned Parenthood website to see whether or not the bio on Margaret Sanger references her speech to the KKK. It references the speech with this note: “In the 1920’s, the KKK was a mainstream movement and was considered a legitimate anti-immigration organization with a wide membership that included many state and local officials. At that time, it defined its enemies as Blacks, Catholics, and Jews.”