Bryan Fischer
March 7, 2008
From Darwin to Sanger to Planned Parenthood's racism
By Bryan Fischer

The racist bigotry recently exposed at Boise's Planned Parenthood has its roots in the long and unsavory past of this organization.

(When an actor posing as a prospective donor said he wanted to donate money specifically to abort black babies "because the less black kids out there the better," the staffer at Planned Parenthood of Idaho laughed and said, "understandable, understandable.")

According to African-American Clenard Childress, founder of, Planned Parenthood, under the aegis of its founder, Margaret Sanger, launched what was called "The Negro Project" in 1939. This project was designed to control the birth of "human weeds," Sanger's colorful term for black people.

To assist in promoting abortion, sterilization and birth control among blacks, Margaret Sanger wrote the following to a friend in the eugenics movement:

"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." (emphasis added)

It would be hard to exaggerate the offensiveness of white supremacy and patronizing condescension found in those words. Yet Planned Parenthood continues to name its highest annual award after this woman.

Last July, Sen. Barack Obama said the following to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, "Thanks to all of you at Planned Parenthood for all the work that you are doing for women all across the country and for families all across the country and for men who have enough sense to realize you are helping them." (How is Planned Parenthood "helping" men? By getting rid of promiscuously fathered children? By helping them conceal sex crimes against underage girls? What?)

Sen. Obama is either ignorant of the fact that 79% of Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide are located in minority neighborhoods, and that almost half of unborn black babies are aborted, or he doesn't care. Blacks today represent a smaller percentage of America's population than they did at the end of the Civil War.

This puts Obama far from the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., who in his famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail referred to the historic truth that "the early church put an end to such evils as infanticide." What Rev. King describes as an evil Sen. Obama thinks of as a constitutional right.

Historian and blogger Clayton Cramer some time ago excerpted a quote from the evolutionary textbook from which John Scopes of the legendary Scopes Monkey Trial taught.

Remember now that this is the point of view Clarence Darrow was defending with such vigor:

"The Races of Man. At the present time there exist upon the earth five races or varieties of man, each very different from the other in instincts, social customs, and, to an extent, in structure. There are the Ethiopian or negro type, originating in Africa; the Malay or brown race, from the islands of the Pacific; the American Indian; the Mongolian or yellow race, including the natives of China, Japan, and the Eskimos; and finally, the highest type of all, the caucasians (sic), represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America." (Hunter's Civic Biology, p. 195-196; emphasis added)

Social Darwinists embraced Darwin's own view that white Europeans were the most highly evolved element of the human race, and were destined, due to natural selection and survival of the fittest, to "exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world." Heil, Hitler!

In 1906, the head of the New York Zoological Society, in a fit of evolutionary zeal, actually placed a young Congolese boy named Ota Benga in the monkey house at the Bronx Zoo as an exhibition of the missing link between apes and humans. The boy later committed suicide.

I had the privilege last week of spending two hours with accelerated biology students at a Treasure Valley public school, invited by an open-minded science teacher. I reviewed with these students the evidence for intelligent design and against the theory of evolution.

Along the way, I pointed out the dramatic differences that occur in society if we believe that man is merely an advanced ape rather than someone created in the image of God. Surely Planned Parenthood's racism is one of the logical consequences of the embrace of evolution by our cultural elites.

© Bryan Fischer


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