The following is the text of my short talk at the Defund Planned Parenthood Rally on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
Some of the over 100 people who gathered at Planned Parenthood of Wilmington to urge its defunding.
Plus ca change, plus ca reste la meme – The more things change, the more they stay the same.
I’m finishing the autobiography of Margaret Sanger, a book I’ve read before. Why? Learning about the woman who started the organization that would become Planned Parenthood of America tells us a lot about the organization itself. And as I was reading, a familiar list kept running through my head, mirroring the modern-day clinic’s current assertions about what they do and why they do it. Here’s my list:
- Margaret Sanger wanted to help poor women.
- Margaret Sanger insisted that factual birth control and health information should be dispensed by competent medical staff.
- Margaret Sanger wanted “thousands of clinics” throughout the country to achieve this end.
- Margaret Sanger believed that women should have control over their own destiny and be free of the “biological slavery” of motherhood.
- Margaret Sanger believed that three essential parties must be cultivated to further her message: the media, the affluent elite, and the court system.
- Lastly, Margaret Sanger believed such a system would essentially eliminate many of society’s problems, but particularly poverty would be a thing of the past.
Sound familiar? The twisted logic and deep personal despair of this woman has run like a polluted river through Planned Parenthood since its inception 100 years ago in New York City. The truth, as we know, is an alarming contradiction today even as it was in Margaret Sanger’s day.
Margaret Sanger hated the poor. She described their neighborhoods as “bursting with excess of wretched humanity” and their families as “broods of defective and wayward children growing up in the streets, filling dispensaries and hospitals, filing through the juvenile courts.” Anyone standing outside this clinic on a regular basis can see the exact same attitude towards the poor – they are better off eliminated, not the conditions and circumstances that cause them to be poor.
Factual birth control and health information dispensed by competent medical staff? She visited an eminent Dutch doctor of the time in the Netherlands where birth control was accepted; he was gruff and short with the women who came to see him and he told Sanger, “No. can’t take time. They must do as they’re told.” Abortion doctors and Dutch euthanasia advocates have much the same attitude today.
Sanger believed the word, “clinic” would appeal to the uneducated and deliberately chose that word for her offices. Because her actions (disseminating information about birth control) was illegal at the time, she also hoped to lend an air of legitimacy by using a word associated with health care.
As for freeing women of biological slavery, it’s worthwhile to note that Margaret Sanger had three children of her own whom she hardly knew. She spent most of her mothering days traveling the world for her cause. She spoke of “sacrificing her maternal feelings” and was literally haunted by dreams and as she said, “of the feeling that I was robbing my children of time to which they were entitled.” It’s a sad motivator, but it’s pervasive here, where women are urged and forced to subjugate the most beautiful wellspring of love there ever was.
The media, the elite, the courts have all risen to defend PP against all common sense. 100 years ago, Margaret Sanger wrote “The rank and file of American newspapermen…have always been sympathetic” to her cause. She traveled the world visiting famous eugenicists of the day – the Soros and Gates and Buffets of their time – and realized he who controls the purse strings controls everything. Of the courts, she believed that challenging the law directly would bring about faster results and that she intended “a far broader definition than any permitted by the existing law.” Roe v. Wade anyone?
Lastly, the societal woes she intended to defeat have escalated with a vengeance that is all too familiar. PP is attempting to put out the millions of fires they started. And their failure is monumental. One fact stands out in defiance of Margaret Sanger’s dream: The majority of abortions occur on women who were using some form of birth control.
By all accounts, PP is a failure on an organization level, a philosophical level, a practical level, and a business level. So WHY does it continue to be funded by our tax dollars. I’ll end with some statistics that demonstrate PP’s failure to fulfill its (evil) mission and that prove that once and for all that PP needs to be defunded and its doors forever shuttered.
Over half of ALL abortions are on women who were using birth control in the month they became pregnant. (Guttmacher Institute)
Delaware is #9 in the overall rate of abortion in the United States (Guttmacher)
Delaware is #5 in the rate of teen abortion in the United States (Guttmacher).
PPDEL’s net assets for most its most recent income tax filing were $4,655,563 (Guidestar)
PPDEL receives $458,334 in government grants each year. (Guidestar)
PPDEL took in $707,866 in investment income alone in the most recent tax year. (Guidestar)