I imagine that most of us realize that Planned Parenthood is a leading advocate of unrestricted abortion. That’s probably not news. You might also think that they, like many other organizations supported by liberals, preach racial tolerance and inclusion. If so, this report from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council might shock you.
(This article was taken in its entirety from “The Pastor’s Weekly Briefing” email newsletter dated March 7, 2008).
A shocking set of recordings was released last week that could prove disastrous for Planned Parenthood’s ties with the African-American community. Lila Rose, a pro-life student and reporter at UCLA, launched an undercover investigation aimed at exposing the racism of the nation’s largest abortion merchant. With the help of an actor, she contacted Planned Parenthood clinics in seven states, inquiring if they would be willing to accept a donation earmarked for the abortion of black babies. The results were jaw-dropping.
Rose was appalled to discover that every last clinic agreed. Not one employee objected or questioned the request, even when the actor insisted that the purpose of the proposed donation was to “lower the number of black people” in America. When the caller phoned an Ohio branch, the clinic worker explained, “If you specifically want to underwrite it for a minority person, you can target it that way. You can specify that that’s how you want it spent.” He expressed relief, saying, “There’s definitely way too many black people in Ohio.” He was then told that Planned Parenthood “will accept the money for whatever reason.” It speaks loudly that no disciplinary action was taken.
When the actor called an Idaho clinic with his request, the representative who answered took care to clarify that his donation was being designated for use only on African-American women. She concluded, “I’m excited and want to make sure I don’t leave anything out.” PP says its employee was misunderstood and made a serious mistake. But, apparently, the mistake was not considered serious enough for the employee to be fired. Read and hear the outrageous transcripts in a montage at http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=LK08B57&f=WA08B46.
Students at UCLA are so infuriated by results of the investigation that they are petitioning the university to cut all affiliation with Planned Parenthood. What few people realize is that the organization has a history of racism that has been ingrained since Planned Parenthood’s earliest days, when founder Margaret Sanger advocated negative eugenics and spoke to a woman’s branch of the KKK (Margaret Sanger, An Autobiography, 1938, p. 336-367). However, as is customary for Planned Parenthood, the organization has managed for decades to cover its tracks — and the facts. That task has just been made monumentally more difficult.
Rose plans to release the audio from other clinic calls in the upcoming months to expose the organization’s deep-rooted prejudice. As the evidence against Planned Parenthood continues to mount, so too does the reluctance of state lawmakers to fund the organization. For the first time in 10 years, the Virginia Senate voted last week to strip all funding for Planned Parenthood because it performs and promotes abortion.
Abortion has taken the innocent lives of over 14 million black children — a national tragedy that has begun uniting and mobilizing African-Americans across party, state and financial lines. Pastors, parents, leaders and activists from across America are calling on abortion merchants like Planned Parenthood to stop preying on this community. As these abortion clinics continue to demonstrate that blood money is not colorblind, we also call on Congress to de-fund and disavow Planned Parenthood. Taxpayers should not be forced to spend over $300 million on an organization whose scruples are for sale, even to those who seek racial genocide.
(Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.)