Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger
By Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O’Neil –
The undercover videos depicting conversations of Planned Parenthood discussions of selling and having sold “baby parts” has ignited a firestorm of debate. In the 7th video in 10 short minutes we hear a former Planned Parenthood “procurement specialist” tell the terrible story of “harvesting” an intact brain from a late term baby boy whose heart was still beating after the abortion. Neither the procurement specialist or her supervisor knew for sure if this meant that the baby was still living – but that didn’t stop them from cutting his face open to get at his brain.
The videos are not only shocking, but they expose the questionable practices of Planned Parenthood in performing abortions using procedures which may violate the “Partial Birth Abortion Act”, the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act”, and provisions of the federal fetal tissue research and experimentation laws, all of which require informed consent and prohibit altering abortion procedures for the purpose of harvesting infant body parts. The abortion debate is appreciated, as this controversial subject deserves to be more thoroughly explored. It is an important human rights issue seen from exceedingly different points of view, depending upon one’s background, experiences, religion, amount of accurate information, and historical knowledge.
Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood
Before the amazing invention of ultrasound, abortions were easier to justify. The discussion centered on the mother, her rights, and the benefits of abortion to society as a whole. As stated by Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood:
“It is better for everyone involved if a child’s life is snuffed out before he or she has a change to pose difficulties to its family.”
It should also be noted that Sanger targeted specific groups she deemed “tainted” and “objectionable”, as can be seen in her statement: “We should apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.” Margaret Sanger was referring to the poor black race. The truth is, the author and promoter of the abortion industry was more of a bigot than a humanitarian.
That may not be true of Planned Parenthood today, nor those who support it, but it should be noted that in 2008 Planned Parenthood was embarrassed when tapes of phone conversations revealed the organization gladly accepted and guaranteed that specific donations would be spent for aborting only black babies. According to the Guttmacher Institute: The abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women.
Recently a letter was sent to the Smithsonian Institution by a coalition of black pastors know as “Ministers Taking A Stand”, calling for the Smithsonian to remove a bust of Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger, noting that in the wake of the current Planned Parenthood scandal, it should be remembered that Sanger was an eugenicist and a racist. The bust of Sanger appears in the National Portrait Gallery at the museum as part of an exhibition titled “Struggle for Justice”, along with truly deserving historical figures, such as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.
Former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and top-tier Republican presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson, when appearing on Fox News Channel’s “Your World” on Wednesday, August 13, verified the destructive role Planned Parenthood has inflicted on the lives of blacks, by locating “most of their clinics in black neighborhoods”, so they can “control that population.”
Dr. Carson also stated:
“I think people should go back and read about Margaret Sanger, who founded this place—a woman who Hillary Clinton, by the way, says she admires. Look and see what many people in Nazi Germany thought about her”. . . “I’m not objective when it comes to Planned Parenthood. But you know, I know who Margaret Sanger is, and I know that she believed in eugenics, and that she was not particularly enamored with black people.”
Government spends billions on free health care clinics
Sanger’s push for abortions was easier to defend when she used the poor black community as her excuse, stating it was a humanitarian issue. However, since that time in history, there has been an explosion of welfare and assistance programs to help all in need, including free health care clinics in most every state. The federal government spends a reported $745.84 billion on 83 welfare programs. An additional $283 billion in state contributions go to those same federal programs, for a total annual expenditure of $1.03 trillion. The report also stated “total means-tested welfare spending is currently the single-largest category of spending in the federal budget. That means welfare costs in this country account for more than the sums the nation spends on Social Security, Medicare, or national defense.
Assistance for those in need is not limited to the government. Other sources, such as the Church and private-based organizations generously help those in need.
Catholic Charities USA reported expenditures of between $4.2 billion and $4.4 billion, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which publishes the 400 biggest charities in the United States, ranked by the amount of donations they receive. This enabled Catholic charities to rank near the top of the 400 list, behind two major social-services charities — the United Way and the Salvation Army.
Public Opinion vs. Abortion
Public opinion continues to evolve on the issue of abortion, as the public learns more alarming facts.
1. Since Roe vs Wade over 58,000,000 abortions have been performed. This proves abortion is not rare.
2. Over 100 different potential complications are associated with abortion. proving that abortions are not always safe.
3. Three to five percent of abortions result in sterility. That is rarely reported.
Confidential studies of women who have received abortions reveal that a shocking 40 to 60 percent reported negative reactions: 55% expressed guilt, 44% complained of nervous disorders, 36% had experienced sleep disturbances, 31% had regrets about their decision, and 11% had been prescribed psychotropic medicine by their family doctor. Ashton,”The Psychosocial Outcome of Induced Abortion”, British Journal of Ob&Gyn.(1980),vol.87,p1115-1122.5.
Another survey of over 100 women, who had suffered from post-abortion trauma, indicated 80 percent expressed feelings of “self-hatred.” In the same study, 49 percent reported drug abuse and 39 percent began to use or increased their use of alcohol. Approximately 14 percent described themselves as having become “addicted” or “alcoholic” after their abortions. In addition, 60 percent reported suicidal ideation, with 28 percent actually attempting suicide, of which half attempted suicide two or more times. The statistics were released by Reardon, “Criteria for the Identification of High Risk Abortion Patients: Analysis of An In-Depth Survey of 100 Aborted Women”, which was resented at the 1987 Paper Session of the Association for Interdisciplinary Research, Denver.
States vs. Supreme Court Decisions and the fate of Dr. Kermit Goswell
There have been many attempts to change abortion laws in various states, many of those cases ended up at the Supreme Court. Laws in some states prohibit abortions at 20 weeks, but that conflicts with Supreme Court rulings on precisely when abortions may be banned (beginning at the point of fetal viability, according to the Supreme Court’s rulings in Roe and Casey). For this reason, circuit courts seem likely to strike down such laws. On the other hand, the case of Carhart signaled the high court’s willingness to rethink important premises in this legal debate, so it would not be surprising if the Supreme Court eventually takes up the issues raised by this new restriction on the availability of abortions in the second trimester of pregnancy?
There is a growing impatience by the public regarding the lack of oversight at all levels of government, regarding inspections of abortion providers, their adherence to laws and some questionable practices. The case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist in Philadelphia, demonstrates the lack of government oversight of the abortion industry. Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive, then stabbed with scissors. He was also guilty of irresponsible practices that caused overdoses of medication resulting in the death of patients. Gosnell’s alleged prescription drug trafficking led to the gruesome findings about his abortion clinic. During an FBI raid, authorities found 47 aborted fetuses stored in clinic freezers, jars of tiny severed feet, bloodstained furniture and dirty medical instruments, along with cats roaming the premises. That it took an FBI drug raid to discover Dr. Gosnell’s clinic of horrors, begs the questions why state officials did not investigate and discover the despicable conditions years before, and why the horrendous discovery did not receive more national coverage. Could it be due to the fact most of his patients were poor black people? How many other abortion clinics like Gosnell’s are still functioning in America? Gosnell was given two life sentences in May of 2013 without parole in a deal with prosecutors that spared him a potential death sentence.
Is Planned Parenthood Without Shame?
Why is the public shielded from the negative information that surrounds abortion. Without the videos which proved Parenthood sold and profited from selling body parts of aborted fetuses, that too would be another secret of the industry. The public deserves full disclosure as to how much of our tax money goes to Planned Parenthood, and the actual percent of government funding that goes to abortions vs. other types of health care.
While many support abortion for altruistic reasons, it should be noted that those who abhor abortion have concerns for the mother as well, and even deeper compassion for the life being terminated in what once was considered the safest place in the World: a mothers’ womb. A growing number of American citizens are alarmed that Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are not being totally forthcoming about the potential risks of abortion, and the government is not seriously pursuing steps to force that the information be revealed and reported.
The most current issue, selling body parts should be an embarrassment to Planned Parenthood but even more so to the officials tasked with overseeing the industry. It is time for the government to increase their surveillance and requirements for all abortion providers, as many citizens are disgusted with the lack thereof. Confidence needs to be restored! The public and patients must be assured that abortions are as safe as advertised, during the procedure, as well as months later when psychological problems are not uncommon. Women need the whole truth, in order to make an intelligent decision on this important, personal issue.
Abortion providers should be audited to prove they adhered to every law, including the one that requires pre-counseling which explains other options, such as adoption and care centers that provide assistance for both the mother and child, should she choose “life”. There must be more oversight and stiff fines for non-compliance. Repeated offenses must result in defunding offending clinics. Laws should restrict the number of clinics allowed in any given area, and each clinic should be monitored in a specific timely manner, with detailed compliance reports required by the state and federal government. Until the public is assured such conditions, restrictions, and mandates are in place, public support of abortion will continue to decline accordingly.