On Saturday, the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Alexis McGill Johnson, wrote a conciliatory statement in the New York Times that was a kind of reckoning with the legacy of its founder Margaret Sanger.
The headline of Johnson's article read, "I am the head of Planned Parenthood. Tired of making excuses for our founder." The subtitle continued, "We must reckon with Margaret Sanger's association with white supremacist groups and eugenics."
Conservatives and pro-lifers have often pointed out Margaret Sanger's racist and eugenic history.
Now Planned Parenthood is ready to recognize Sanger's questionable legacy and count on him in her words.
As long as I was involved in Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger's legacy regarding race has been an open question.
What people want to know is: Was she or wasn't she a racist?
And we've answered every question but this one. https://t.co/KSwSci69fw
– Alexis McGill Johnson (@alexismcgill) April 18, 2021
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McGill Johnson is not concerned that Sanger "will remain 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 it to judge her harmful choices." She continued, "Whether our founder was a racist is not an easy yes or no question."
McGill Johnson states that Margaret Sanger approached the Ku Klux Klan Relief Society in 1926.
According to McGill Johnson, Sanger also supported the Supreme Court ruling in the Buck vs. Bell case, which allowed states to sterilize individuals deemed "incapable" without their consent or knowledge.
Planned parenting without wiping out Sanger says the first step in her reckoning is "making Margaret Sanger less prominent in our present and future."
To do this, they removed Sanger's name from awards and buildings.
What does the planned parenting look like to further reconcile with Sanger's legacy? McGill Johnson's answer:
"By privileging white, we have helped America harm black women and other women of color. And if we focus too closely on 'women's health,' we have excluded trans and non-binary people."
Other promises largely correspond to the language that is being used everywhere among the left today:
We are committed to combating the many forms of dehumanization we are currently witnessing: the dehumanization of black and Latin American victims of police violence such as Adam Toledo, Daunte Wright, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many others. The dehumanization of transgender people whose health care and rights are denied in states across the country and who are attacked not only by the right but also by radical "feminists".
Margaret Sanger has harmed generations with her faith. In our second century, planned parenting has a chance to heal this damage. Settlement 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 get none of this
Several black pro-life leaders have responded to McGill Johnson's comment, calling him "hollow".
Benjamin Watson, vice president of the Human Coalition, the former NFL bottleneck, stated:
“Whether or not you personally identify with Sanger's ideology, continue to accomplish your mission by serving as the leading executioner for our children. The same singer they want to turn down would applaud their efforts and results as a disproportionate percentage of black children in Planned Parenthood's abortion clinics have been killed. "
"Recognizing a racist story does not rid them of the blood on their hands as they continue to take full advantage of the victims of the racism they lament,"
Dr. Deborah Honeycutt, chairman of the board of directors of Human Coalition Action, didn't hold back when she denied McGill Johnson's apology.
"Planned parenting has been damaging women with skin color for decades." She said McGill Johnson's "so-called" accounting "doesn't change that truth."
“They have failed to confront white supremacy within their organization as they continue to aggressively persecute black and brown communities with abortion. The destruction of human life contributes to a culture of death and injustice, and planned parenting will always be known for killing a generation of minorities just as Margaret Sanger dreamed of. "
Benjamin Watson, Vice President of the Human Coalition, speaks https://t.co/RLiBtXfGp0
– Joe McKinley (@bartmckinley) April 19, 2021
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McGill Johnson went on to comment, saying that while Sanger's story does not negate her fight for women's rights, it tarnishes it.
Ultimately, McGill Johnson and Planned Parenthood must expect Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood to be forever linked.
Margaret Sanger's beliefs have irreparably damaged the lives and health of generations of blacks, Latinos, Indians, immigrants, people with disabilities, low-income people, and many others. Read more from @alexismcgill: https://t.co/zc7Q6UY1mc pic.twitter.com/LrAy1lGYuX
– Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) April 18, 2021
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