Planned Parenthood is celebrating what National Right to Life dubs the “saddest birthday ever.” The nation’s largest abortion provider turns 100 on October 16. As it commemorates its birthday, pro-lifers are memorializing the seven million babies’ lives Planned Parenthood has taken – just since 1970. And the number rises daily as this abortion counter reports. In its 100th year, Planned Parenthood has already added another quarter million babies to its death toll. Thus, celebrating 100 years of its own life means celebrating over seven million deaths and counting.
Planned Parenthood claims it’s “100 years strong.” In reality, it’s 100 years weak. Planned Parenthood promotes the breakdown of family, the “empowerment” of women – not from real power, but from the destruction of life. From its early days when the abortion giant was only about birth control, the mentality of destroying the weak has prevailed.
Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s mission to establish a birth control clinic was not altruistic. Sanger saw large families as destructive societal forces. In her autobiography, she writes, “Large families were associated with poverty, toil, unemployment, drunkenness, cruelty, fighting, jails; the small ones with cleanliness, leisure, freedom, light, space, sunshine” (p.28).
In the years following the opening of Planned Parenthood, Sanger wrote “Woman and the New Race,” saying (emphasis added):
Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives.
She adds in “Morality and Birth Control”:
Knowledge of birth control is essentially moral. Its general, though prudent, practice must lead to a higher individuality and ultimately to a cleaner race.
These are the principles upon which Planned Parenthood was founded. But what started as birth control resulted in literal child killing. Planned Parenthood has made it clear that it opposes restrictions on abortions, even well past the point of viability. Even in the case of infanticide (killing a child after birth), Planned Parenthood representatives have firmly stood their ground that it’s a woman’s choice to kill her child. This became strikingly clear during a Florida state hearing questioning whether babies accidentally born alive in botched abortions should be saved or not. Alisa LaPolt Snow, a lobbyist and Planned Parenthood representative said:
We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.
At one point, Planned Parenthood freely admitted abortion was taking a human life, as evidenced in this 1952 pamphlet by the abortion chain. After the 1952 brochure, however, Planned Parenthood became abortion focused. George Grant writes in Third Time Around, “In 1954, Planned Parenthood holds an international conference on abortion and calls for reform of restrictive legislation” (p. 128).
In 1987, Planned Parenthood engaged in “a full-scale negative publications campaign to discredit and close the more than three thousand alternative crisis pregnancy centers around the country” (Williams, p. 146).
As it celebrates its 100th birthday, millions now know the truth: the abortion chain is just that, an abortion chain. Parenthood is a misnomer in the chain’s name. Stories like Addison’s are not unusual: A woman goes to Planned Parenthood for prenatal care or a pregnancy test and leaves feeling pressured to have an abortion. As one former Planned Parenthood employee noted, “We had no resources for women who chose life.”
Planned Parenthood contends that abortions make up only three percent of its services, but that’s spin spun in a myth factory, as Live Action recently showed in this investigative video:
So what is Planned Parenthood celebrating today as it marks 100 years? A history of claiming to empower women by destroying others to do it. A history that begins with birth control and continues with hundreds of thousands of abortions each year, for a total of over seven million in less than half its time in existence.
That’s seven million human beings that never got to take a breath, seven million who were sucked or pulled out of the womb violently, seven million who don’t know what a birthday is because Planned Parenthood turned theirs into a death day. That’s what Planned Parenthood is celebrating today.
Grant, George. Third Time Around: A History of the Pro-life Movement from the First Century to the Present. Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1991. Print.
Sanger, Margaret. The Autobiography of Margaret Sanger. Mineola, NY: Dover, 1971. Print.
Williams, Daniel K. (2015-12-04). Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade (p. 3). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.