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Mike Wallace interviews Margaret Sanger

margaret sangerRecently, the University of Texas in Austin released a video collection of interviews between Mike Wallace and various people during the late 1950s. These are truly fascinating to watch!

But I wanted to point you to an interview he did with Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger. You may remember I spoke about her a few weeks ago. This interview may help reveals a bit more about her, her motivations, her feelings about the Catholic Church, as well as shed light on how something as common (today) as birth control was talked about 50 years ago. Watch how she dodges questions, changes positions, and constantly says she’s been misquoted.

For conservative Christians, this also sheds light on the correlation we often see between birth control and abortion. (Something I was first exposed to during Bible college.)

To watch the video, click here. Read interview transcripts

HT to Boing Boing

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Is Planned Parenthood Racist?

There is a lot of talk about a Presidential candidate and whether or not his pastor is a racist and if that makes the candidate a racist. Accepting money and support from extreme groups is very complicated. At the core of the problem is that it seemingly associates candidates with everything that group stands for.

Margaret SangerThis reminds me of a long-standing news story. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a racist. She wasn’t just “socially racist” in the way most of America were in those days, she was a published racist. In fact, she was a proponent of eugenics. Here are some quotes from Sanger:

“The undeniably feeble-minded should, indeed, not only be discouraged but prevented from propagating their kind.” link

We maintain that a woman possessing an adequate knowledge of her reproductive functions is the best judge of the time and conditions under which her child should be brought into the world. We further maintain that it is her right, regardless of all other considerations, to determine whether she shall bear children or not, and how many children she shall bear if she chooses to become a mother… Only upon a free, self-determining motherhood can rest any unshakable structure of racial betterment link

But that is in the past right? Surely, an organization as sophisticated and socially accepted as Planned Parenthood wouldn’t be racist today, would they? Consider these two pieces of evidence and discover that for yourself.

  1. 78% of Planned Parenthood clinics are in minority neighborhoods. African Americans represent about 12% of the US population but about 35% of abortions.
  2. Planned Parenthood willingly and joyfully accepts donations earmarked clearly for aborting African American fetuses. The video below is very disturbing. It demonstrates point #2 perfectly. (Please click read more to watch the video) Here’s my disclaimer on the video... it doesn’t show dead fetuses or anything like that. It is a Pro-life activist calling two clinics, one in Ohio and one in Idaho, and attempting to earmark a gift for the elimination of African Americans. However, I’m adding it because it demonstrates my point in a powerful way.