Harvard Constitutional Law professor Laurence Tribe took to twitter Monday, attempting to link pro-life views with white supremacy. “White Supremacists oppose abortion because they fear it’ll reduce the number of white infants and thus contribute to what they fear as non-white ‘replacement,'” he claimed. Never underestimate the way these issues and agendas are linked. This turns ‘intersectionality’ on its head,” he tweeted.
This claim seems to insinuate that pro-lifers are white supremacists… but the fact is, multiple pro-life groups decry the fact that abortion impacts the Black community at a rate far higher than other races. Black pro-life activist Ryan Bomberger has noted that more Black babies in New York City are aborted than are born. As Bomberger has stated, “There is no group that kills more Black Americans than Planned Parenthood. Abortion is the most lethal form of racism.” Professor Tribe made no mention of the many Black American luminaries who are leaders in the pro-life movement.
Among those who rebutted the professor’s argument was his former student and current U.S. Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, who cited an article which shows that nationwide, African American total fertility rates are below the national replacement level. Cruz also brought up the key point that “Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a vehement advocate of eugenics.”
And in fact, the eugenic spirit that animated Margaret Sanger and early Planned Parenthood leaders is still alive and well in the organization today. Sanger was a self-described eugenicist. She wrote in her autobiography about giving a speech to the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, after which “a dozen invitations to speak at similar groups were proffered.” In a December 1939 letter, Sanger wrote: “We do not want 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.”
Yes, PLEASE read full context. In 1926, Sanger spoke at a KKK rally in NJ. Her publications include: “Some Moral Aspects of Eugenics” (Jun 1920); “The Purpose of Eugenics” (Dec 1924); “Birth Control & Positive Eugenics” (July 1925) & “Birth Control: The True Eugenics” (Aug 1928). https://t.co/oTDdfH1c96
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 11, 2019
And in fact, a disproportionate number (62%, according to a census data study by Protecting Black Life) of Planned Parenthoods are located within walking distance of communities of color. Planned Parenthood has even been caught on video accepting donations specifically for racially-motivated, eugenic abortions.
Planned Parenthood has never distanced itself from its eugenic roots, and Live Action has shown that the spirit of Margaret Sanger is still alive and well in the organization today. When Planned Parenthood, whose most profitable enterprise is abortion, claims that the African American community requires abortion as an answer to socio-economic problems, others such as Black pro-life leader Roland Warren, President and CEO of the pro-life pregnancy center network Care Net, responded in a scathing video, asserting that the sanctity of human life “knows no color.”
Professor Tribe later denied he made any expansive argument, backtracking while attempting to paint his critics as reactionary. “Some have misread this to say that all those who oppose abortion are White Supremacists! Learn to read, folks! I neither said nor implied nor believe any such thing. Some X are Y doesn’t translate to all Y are X. Duh. 🤓”
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