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MLK's Niece Says Planned Parenthood is Racist

MLK Jr's Niece Says Planned Parenthood Is "Black Genocide"

Dr. Alveda King is among a group of prolife black leaders demanding an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood citing what she calls Planned Parenthood's "racist agenda." Here's what she said:

Planned Parenthood is definitely a racist organization — they have a racist agenda. Since 1970, there has been something like 50 million abortions. About 17 million of those have been blacks. It's black genocide. They are killing our people and fooling us.

She went on to say:

There are more Planned Parenthood clinics in black neighborhoods, because there is an artificial demand, which was created by Planned Parenthood. We were told by Planned Parenthood that abortion, which is actually murder, is therapeutic.

Stemming from the investigation of an incident where a UCLA publication successfully donated money to Planned Parenthood to be earmarked for black abortions, last month the National Black Pro-Life Union (which includes King for America and is led by King) sent letters to organizations including the NAACP, the ACLU, and members of Congress calling for termination of federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The government funding currently exceeds $300 million a year.

The issue could be personal for King as well. To see how,

. King said she was partially motivated to join the campaign to terminate federal funding after being coaxed into getting an abortion in the early 1970s by a Planned Parenthood office that told her that her baby was "just a blob" of tissue.

Her comments are certainly thought provoking. Do you think her sentiments are accurate? Is there a racial bias in Planned Parenthood? Is it "black genocide?" Do these words strike a greater chord coming from a King? Are you most surprised that the federal government funds it to the degree that they do? Do you think it should be given more money or cut off altogether?

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BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 8 years
P.S. The Federal Government does NOT work with Planned Parenthood. That's crazy! The Federal Government, in the past year, has done all but bankrupt Planned Parenthood. They've almost completely cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. The Feds, atleast the Republicans, hate Planned Parenthood, because it actually educates people on safe sex, rather than just abstinence. And, I absolutely agree with the poster above that state 17/50 is not a big proportion. I guess women are just too stupid and ignorant to make their own decisions, huh? Take responsibility for your own decisions and your own actions, and stop putting it off onto the people that helped you follow through with your decision.
BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 8 years
Maybe she should walk into a Planned Parenthood and take a look around. The vast majority of women that go to Planned Parenthood are not there for an abortion. The vast majority are there to PREVENT pregnancy in the first place, thereby negating the need for abortion. The rest are there for pregnancy tests. I've been going to PLanned Parenthood since I was 16, and I must say I've seen about 5 black women there, total, in that time, and they were there for a pregnancy test. In fact, I've only seen one female walk in and ask for information about abortion, and I must say that's a very small percentage. When you go to Planned Parenthood, you are usually there for atleast an hour waiting to be called, and in that time, I'm nosey, and listen to the reason women are coming in. Also, the Planned Parenthoods I've been in, don't even perform the actual abortion. They provide you with the information, and then you have to go to an actual doctor to have it performed. What an ignorant thing to say! Guess that's what should be expected from someone with that kind of bias. I mean, when you are a member of a group called Priests for Life, what you say should basiclly be blown off.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I found this on the PP website, and I have to post it to address one of the comments that hypno said earlier. I respect your opinion so much, but this is the 2nd thread where you have mentioned that PP has an abortion bias, or that they encourage abortions. This might change you mind: Planned Parenthood knows that the best way to help teens prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections is to provide them with comprehensive, medically accurate sex education. Some 750,000 teenagers in the United States will become pregnant this year, and at least one in four teen girls in America has a sexually transmitted infection. American teenagers are bombarded with confusing and conflicting messages about sex. They need access to real, unbiased information — about abstinence, contraception, and healthy relationships. The vast majority of Americans — including parents — support comprehensive sex education. But only about five percent of American students receive comprehensive sex education that covers all the dimensions of sexuality. Instead, because of anti-choice government policies, many teens are taught a strict abstinence-only program, which does not teach contraception and denies them potentially lifesaving information. Planned Parenthood is working with state and federal governments to provide comprehensive, medically accurate, commonsense sex education programs that help teens prevent unintended pregnancy and stay healthy.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
So far I haven't seen the smoking gun that suggests that Planned Parenthood, as it exists today, is actively practicing eugenics. There are many aspects of our nation's history that are incredibly ugly, shameful, and disgusting. Just as some of our founding fathers owned slaves, that doesn't mean that they didn't do some work that was very beneficial for our country. With Planned Parenthood, they certainly have a founder that said some things that were beyond hideous, but I don't feel that is reflected in the vast amount of work they do today to help women of all demographics. I think right now, Planned Parenthood is more concerned that 1 in 4 teenage girls has a STD. They are more concerned that 35% of schools are teaching abstinence only sex education, and that a crumbling health care system keeps women from getting pap smears and breast exams. The PP website certainly seems to "whitewash" (sorry, that is the only term I could think of!) their history. They talk about Sanger in a very positive way. I think in order to do even more good, they must admit to the flaws of their founder and clearly state that their goal is to help all communities.
lula29 lula29 8 years
Now that I'm no longer shocked and pissed off, I'm glad I found all this out. It really opened my eyes to a whole other fight for women's rights and introduced me to a whole other aspect of the debate, as well as women who are fighting to insure that women have a choice, which includes a choice not to be sterilized. This only reconfirms my committment to rally for better healthcare for women and to fight to make sure their rights in all situations are upheld. I'm glad now to seek out organizations I feel are doing just that.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I have to admit that I am now pro life. I would never ask someone to believe the same as I do (because I'm pretty weird), but don't rationalise abortion as the best or only choice. Adoption is a choice that doesn't kill. When I saw the title, though, I had to laugh. I didn't realize only black women went to planned paretnhood.
ohjeeze ohjeeze 8 years
Laurelm, I am not bashing anyone and you can believe what ever you would like, you have that CHOICE.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I will read the links a little bit later. Thank you lula! The recorded call I heard, the phone operator responded, "Whatever. We need the money." It sounded like she was disgusted by what he said, but the company really is desperate for money. Is there any proof that the money was set aside for "black abortions" or could it be that they just pandered to the person because they need the funds. Many of the PPs I have been to are sooooo desperate for money. They few workers are stretched too thin, the security measures needed because of the bombings are expensive, and the facilities are not "cute". My sister was new to a city, and she didn't have health insurance right away and went to a PP to get her exam before she was covered by her new insurance. When she told them that she was going to pay for the services and that she didn't need it for free or even a discount, the nurse literally started crying. She told my sister she was a wonderful person and that she was an angel. Is it possible that a large organization can have aspects of it that need to be addressed, while at the same time they provide a great number of services to many demographics? For most issues, I think we dimish the quality of discussion when we paint things as all or nothing, only one of 2 extremes.
laurelm laurelm 8 years
you are not pro life, so who are you to say what people should believe that do take that stance on abortion? Your view on prochoice would have been better served as the original post, rather than the one written bashing prolifers. Arguments are much more interesting when views are given, points made, but bashing another side as a way to "prove" a point is a weak argument.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
ohjeeze, I am sorry, I had to laugh. Do you really love meat that much.
ohjeeze ohjeeze 8 years
Also because I realized the hypocrisy of what I was saying. I love meat way too much.
ohjeeze ohjeeze 8 years
Laurelm, I am pro CHOICE because I believe everyone should be guaranteed a choice no matter what decision they are facing. No one forced you to come on CitizenSugar today and post and no one should be forced to carry a pregnancy to term if they don't want to. If someone is pro-life then he/she believes that ALL forms of life are precious no matter what. I used to be "pro-life" until I realized reversing RoevsWade would be forcing someone to do something they may not want to do.
oscar615 oscar615 8 years
Here is some Margaret Sanger Documentation. "We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." -- Margaret Sanger's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America . New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976. "Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying ... demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism ... [Philanthropists] encourage the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant ... We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all." -- Margaret Sanger. The Pivot of Civilization , 1922. Chapter on "The Cruelty of Charity," pages 116, 122, and 189. Swarthmore College Library edition. "Today eugenics is suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems. "I think you must agree ... that the campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical with the final aims of eugenics ... Birth control propaganda is thus the entering wedge for the eugenic educator. "As an advocate of birth control I wish ... to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the 'unfit' and the 'fit,' admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feebleminded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation. "On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective." -- Margaret Sanger. "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda." Birth Control Review , October 1921, page 5. "Give dysgenic groups [people with 'bad genes'] in our population their choice of segregation or [compulsory] sterilization." -- Margaret Sanger, April 1932 Birth Control Review . "The third group [of society] are those irresponsible and reckless ones having little regard for the consequences of their acts, or whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers. Many of this group are diseased, feeble-minded, and are of the pauper element dependent upon the normal and fit members of society for their support. There is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped." -- Margaret Sanger. Speech quoted in Birth Control: What It Is, How It Works, What It Will Do. The Proceedings of the First American Birth Control Conference . Held at the Hotel Plaza, New York City, November 11- 12, 1921. Published by the Birth Control Review , Gothic Press, pages 172 and 174. "In passing, we should here recognize the difficulties presented by the idea of 'fit' and 'unfit.' Who is to decide this question? The grosser, the more obvious, the undeniably feeble-minded should, indeed, not only be discouraged but prevented from propagating their kind. But among the writings of the representative Eugenists [sic], one cannot ignore the distinct middle-class bias that prevails." -- Margaret Sanger, quoted in Charles Valenza. "Was Margaret Sanger a Racist?" Family Planning Perspectives , January-February 1985, page 44. "Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race." -- Margaret Sanger. Woman, Morality, and Birth Control . New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12. "There is only one reply to a request for a higher birthrate among the intelligent, and that is to ask the government to first take the burden of the insane and feeble-minded from your back. [Mandatory] sterilization for these is the answer." -- Margaret Sanger, October 1926 Birth Control Review . "[Slavs, Latin, and Hebrew immigrants are] human weeds ... a deadweight of human waste ... [Blacks, soldiers, and Jews are a] menace to the race." "Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need ... We must prevent Multiplication of this bad stock." -- Margaret Sanger, April 1933 Birth Control Review . "[Our objective is] unlimited sexual gratification without the burden of unwanted children ... [Women must have the right] to live ... to love ... to be lazy ... to be an unmarried mother ... to create ... to destroy ... The marriage bed is the most degenerative influence in the social order ... The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." -- Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel , Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race . New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922. Anti-Christian Statement from Margaret Sanger "[Because of birth control], child slavery, prostitution, feeble mindedness, physical deterioration, hunger, oppression and war will disappear from the earth. There will come a Plato who will be understood, a Socrates who will drink no hemlock, and a Jesus who will not die upon the cross. These and the race that is to be in America await upon a motherhood that is to be sacred because it is free." {Margaret Sanger. Woman and the New Race . Brentanos, 1922, page 161}
laurelm laurelm 8 years
Terms like anti choice and pro abortion are just rhetoric, both sides know that is not what the issue is about and bringing up useless terms like that only diminish the argument. Unless pro choicers want us to actually believe they are pro abortion/death (seeing as that is the opposite of pro life). I do not use that terminology as I am sure you would find it offensive, just as anti choice is offensive and just shows me you have no insight in why I may think the way I do. generalizations also do not improve your point, i know plenty of pro lifers who do not believe in the death penalty as well as many pro-choicers who do. Sticking with the argument at hand and saying what you believe may be a better way to have your point across, rather than bashing another side.
ohjeeze ohjeeze 8 years
When did I say only upper middle class people are pro-life I said THE upper middle class pro-lifers who know nothing about poor black communities, but still want to push their agenda. I actually prefer to use the term anti-choice because many of the so called Pro-LIFErs tend to believe in things like the death penalty which is in fact not pro-life, but that is a whole other debate. I also want to point out that PP has publicly denounced the actions of the said person who has since been fired. Ron Paul didn't get this much flack when he publicly admitted to accepting funds from a white supremacist group, he said that he did not believe in their mission but he needed money for his campaign. So even if they did accept funds from a racist who wanted it to go to specifically aborting black embryos (which is impossible to do). If they took the money and put it towards buying thermometers or more birth control is it just as bad?
laurelm laurelm 8 years
"the upper middle class Pro-lifers come out" oh please, being pro life has nothing to do with being "upper middle class"
ohjeeze ohjeeze 8 years
Don't let one bad apple ruin the bunch. One PP (one receptionist actually) was found out to be taking donations from a racist, and now all of PP is planning a black genocide, give me a break. I hate it when the upper middle class Pro-lifers come out and say we need to stop this black genocide by PP when they don't care about the drugs or crime that is running rampant in poor black communities they are only trying to further their agenda. One receptionist who may have been racist (how is PP supposed to know the beliefs of everyone they hire) was caught taking funds from a racist. That does not make PP bad. Don't let one bad apple ruin the bunch.
lula29 lula29 8 years
leanneluvsu, Thanks for pointing out that the racism isn't something PP has given up. It's recent, that's why I'm angry and why I'm sure MLK's niece is upset. Like you said, many are uncomfortable discussing how organization can be racist, even when their other intentions are benevolent, and would rather just overlook. I can't due to my race whereas they can. Good for you I say, but I have to continue this specific fight because I my own identity. I also agree other programs should be implemented, however, I don't agree with mandatory parenting classes for Black people. Black people aren't inherently bad parents, to me that's a rather strange assertion. The Black community definitely has it's problems, and we definitely need FAMILY PLANNING in the the community. I capitalized that because I agree with family planning. Since MLK's niece is a pro-lifer she's never going to go for that, but I think it behooves ethnic people in the pro-choice community to come together and develop programs that would incorporate family planning, without a racist intent. Our Bodies, Ourselves is an organization I'm looking into now, mainly because it doesn't seem to shy away from discussing the force sterilization of women, but still provides tons of info on female sexuality and sexual health. I think working with this organization would be better.
lula29 lula29 8 years
Jillness, As far as what happened in Puerto Rico here are some links: http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/book/companion.asp?id=32&compID=55 (Our Bodies Ourselves) A filmmaker made a film about what was called La Operacion, here's a link to an interview given by the director: http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC29folder/AnaMariaGarciaInt.html Here's a paper, that's pretty well sourced, which explicitly details IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) and the sterilization http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~epf/1999/gormley.html
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 8 years
We shouldn't be listening to her for the sole reason she is Dr.King's niece. Just because she had a prolific uncle does not mean that her message is any stronger. In fact I think she's just using that to get her message out to a wider audience. I stopped caring after I realized it was all part of an agenda. If she really cared about a "black genocide", she'd be advocating for gun control. Newark, for example, has out of control gun violence. You should see all the billboards when you ride into the city. Having been raised by ardent Planned Parenthood supporters I am thoroughly disgusted by her comments. She's Pro-Life and her agenda is all related to that. We cannot be sure that her information is not skewed by her beliefs (which Pro-life groups have been known to do) WOULD PEOPLE STOP THINKING THAT THE ONLY THING THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOES IS ARRANGE ABORTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a family planning center people! It deserves all the federal funding it can get. It gives people all the information that it needs to make an informed and intelligent decision regarding their family. Abortion counseling is one of MANY things that the center does.
laurelm laurelm 8 years
i think its pretty ridiculous to say that one cannot hold a belief and try to persuade others differently based on an experience she had and would want others to avoid personal experience drives many agendas, if anything it proves their point, not diminishes it she believes, based on lies PP told her, that PP gave her inaccurate information and wants that to stop it is a huge decision to make and the most accurate information should be given and when not, the organization should be held accountable it should also be held accountable if donations are earmarked for one race
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
this is pretty ridiculous. planned parenthood is there to help whomever needs it. she needs to stop pushing her agenda based on her personal experiences. go get some freaking therapy if it was about the abortion she got. don't try to prevent millions of other women from getting help that they need.
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