The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is attempting to disavow its founder, Margaret Sanger, for her views on race but is encountering criticism from those who say the abortion provider is perpetuating racism in its current practices.
In a New York Times op-ed Saturday, the organization acknowledged Sanger’s past with eugenics and it committed to “reckoning” with her legacy by, among other things, making her less prominent in their “present and future.”
“We will no longer make excuses or apologize for Margaret Sanger’s actions,” said CEO and president Alexis McGill Johnson.
“But we can’t simply call her racist, scrub her from our history, and move on. We must examine how we have perpetuated her harms over the last century — as an organization, an institution, and as individuals.”
Anti-abortion advocates criticized the attempted disavowal, however, noting the organization’s continual impact on Black Americans.
“The last half-century of legalized abortion has deepened the effects of racial inequality in the U.S. — and Planned Parenthood profits from that reality,” said National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis.
Live Action’s Lila Rose said: “Doesn’t matter how they try to rebrand or play PR games, Planned Parenthood should be a relic in a museum about the horrors of abortion & nothing else.”
Their comments echoed those of Black anti-abortion leaders who, in interviews with Fox News, panned the organization when it removed Sanger’s name from the title of a New York clinic.
“For me, this was kind of like changing the name of Auschwitz,” said Roland Warren, the CEO of Care Net.
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