Before Herman Cain’s views on abortion became seemingly unclear – at least, according to the media – Mr. Cain made the following statement about Planned Parenthood:
Cain echoed this sentiment on Sunday during an appearance on Face the Nation: “I still stand by that. If people go back and look at the history and look at Margaret Sanger’s own words, that’s exactly where that came from. What I’m saying is, Planned Parenthood isn’t sincere about wanting to try to counsel them not to have abortions.”
Like clockwork, the director of African American media for Planned Parenthood’s lobbying arm refuted Cain’s comments: “It is simply unacceptable for those who oppose legal abortion to use inflammatory and divisive language based on race to push an ideological agenda,” said Veronica Byrd. “Herman Cain is wrong on the facts and clearly out of the mainstream in his attack on Planned Parenthood.”
What facts is he wrong on Ms. Byrd? Here is a segment of an article I wrote for The New American in early August:
One of Planned Parenthood’s much-avoided verities is its origin in unbridled racism. The organization’s founder, Margaret Sanger, led a virulent campaign to implement eugenics programs in the United States during the early 20th century. At an international birth control conference in March 1925, Dr. Adolphus Knopf, a staunch member of Sanger’s American Birth Control League (ABCL) — now known as Planned Parenthood — warned of the “menacing” peril posed by the “black” and “yellow” races.
Sorry Ms. Byrd, Cain is right. Sanger was a crazy eugencist nutbag. Apparently this organization, and its lobbying appendage, does not provide Planned Parenthood History 101 training to its employees.