Report: 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates have admitted to past and present racism

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American Life League, a Catholic pro-life grassroots organization, has released a new research report highlighting Planned Parenthood’s continued history of racial discrimination and targeting. Planned Parenthood’s Racism… In Their Own Words,” acknowledges Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s dedication to the philosophy of eugenics, but focuses primarily on consolidating the multi-billion dollar corporation’s own affiliates’ admissions of the corporation’s systemic and structural racism, white supremacy, and implicit bias.

American Life League Executive Director Jim Sedlak said the report is “taken from recent public statements of Planned Parenthood affiliates operating in 33 states and their employees.” Rather than being a historic or past-tense coverage of Planned Parenthood’s founding in Eugenics, Sedlak emphasizes that the documents show “that Planned Parenthood openly admits it is a racist organization today.”

Planned Parenthood’s long-time denial of its racist founding came crashing down in the summer of 2020, when employees at Planned Parenthood of Greater New York — followed by employees at Planned Parenthood Great Plans — issued statements complaining of internal racism perpetrated by their president and CEO, Laura McQuade.

Planned Parenthood’s board of directors removed McQuade from her position, where she was reportedly profiting $428,321 by 2018. They also removed Sanger’s name from the corporation’s flagship facility in Manhattan, as Live Action News reported.

READ: New internal audit: Racism at Planned Parenthood Federation of America has existed for years

The report then explains the ripple effect these two admissions had:

Although the happenings at PPGNY seemed originally to be a local matter, it suddenly exploded into a nationwide admission by Planned Parenthood affiliates of being racist organizations. 

So far, 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates have issued public statements… not only recognizing the racism of Sanger, but admitting to being racist today. In making these statements, the affiliates referred to their organizations as being guilty of “white supremacy” (12 times), “structural racism” (10 times), “implicit bias” (6 times), and “systemic racism” (5 times).

In addition to ALL’s findings of internal racism, Live Action previously released an investigation revealing the willingness of Planned Parenthood workers to accept donations specifically to abort Black babies. Black women account for 38% of all abortions, though the Black community comprises just 12% of the population. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics reveal Black abortions outnumbered the top nine leading causes of death for Black Americans combined in 2016, the most recently reported year.

As ALL’s report highlights and as Live Action continues to reaffirm, Planned Parenthood’s history of deadly racism continues to the present day. As Sedlak puts it, “Anyone concerned about the continuing racism in the United States of America should have nothing to do with Planned Parenthood.”

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