As Planned Parenthood "celebrates" 100 years in business, it is appropriate to consider exactly what they are celebrating, so let’s start with their founding.
Their founder, Margaret Sanger, was a eugenicist and card-carrying member of the American Eugenics Society. Her position on eugenics, which she brought to Planned Parenthood and defended till her death, was clear: “Eugenics is the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.”
And the problems? “ ... morons ... mentally and physically defective ... the dead weight of human waste ... diseased ... the unfit ...”
Sanger’s answer to the “problem”? “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.” And, “The most merciful thing a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
Not surprisingly, over the ensuing years Planned Parenthood, while claiming to be a friend of the family, has become the number one killer of the unborn in the U.S. In its annual report, 2013-14, it claims 327,653 abortions — fully 30 percent of the entire number of babies aborted in the U.S. Of the "client services" provided to pregnant women, for every adoption referral there were 174 abortions. Abortion, in fact, made up 94 percent of PP’s “services” to pregnant women.
A nonprofit? Nationally, Planned Parenthood received 41 percent of its funding from taxpayers — $1.4 million per day. While almost half of their revenues come from taxes, they realized a profit of $127 million and claim $1.4 billion in net assets. All this while they scale back cancer screenings, prenatal services, adoption referrals, even contraceptive services — the same services which, according to Mary Nolan’s comments, have “devastating consequences for women” when restricted “... by politicians ...” American taxpayers have good cause to question why they receive any taxpayer support.
Locally, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon’s 2014 IRS 990 Schedule A Part II Section C lists 91 percent of its revenue from taxpayers, with assets of over $15 million. With PP of Southwestern Oregon being almost entirely supported by taxpayer revenue, one has to wonder what productive purposes our tax dollars could have been used for if those funds been available. Infrastructure, schools, job programs?
Planned Parenthood leadership claims they are a necessary and vital provider of women’s “health care” services. But that’s only true if “health care” services are defined as “abortion.” The fact is, there are 328 clinics, both private and taxpayer funded, in the state of Oregon, that provide all the same services as the 12 Oregon PP clinics do — with the exception of abortion. In addition, many of these clinics offer mammograms, which are an important service missing at PP clinics. The public is well served by private and community clinics, without the emotional and physical pain PP creates with abortion.
In Mary Nolan’s Guest Opinion Oct. 2, she states: “Extremists have already introduced a 2018 ballot measure that would amend the Oregon Constitution to ban abortion access for low-income women.” That is not true — IP 1 prohibits the use of taxpayer money to pay for abortions, has all the obligatory legal exceptions/exemptions required by federal law, and bans no one from obtaining an abortion in Oregon. It is this kind of manipulation of the truth which should cause all good citizens to question other claims and statements made by Planned Parenthood leadership. Another example is her characterization of pro-lifers as “extremists.” It is Planned Parenthood’s leadership — who consider the killing of a human baby to be “health care” — who are extremists.
The offensive eugenics origins of Planned Parenthood and their twisted ideological politics of today are not something to be celebrated — they are an open wound on our society, leaving scarred mothers and fathers pondering their missing child and children who will never know their siblings. I can’t celebrate an organization where human life is taken for a few hundred bucks.
The entire pro-life community hopes the next 100 years will be a celebration of life — without Planned Parenthood.
— Bryan Platt is chairman of Jackson County Right to Life.