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‘A Race Of Thoroughbreds’: The Secret Racist History Of The Pro-Abortion Movement

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After the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned Roe v. Wade and returned the abortion question back to the states, many on the Left claimed the decision would disproportionately hurt black women.

“This Supreme Court is turning back the clock to a dangerous era where basic constitutional rights only exist for a select few,” the Vice President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said after the decision was released.

Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush bemoaned the decision. “I can not believe it,” she said.

“For Black women, the leading cause of death before 1973 was the sepsis that went along with these unsafe abortions. And to say, ‘hey we’re good, we’re going to send you back there’. It’s nobody else’s decision,” Bush said.

Activist and actress Sheryl Lee Ralph tweeted after the decision, “More Black women die trying to bring a baby to full term than by having an abortion!!”

But contrary to mainstream opinion, it is the abortion movement itself that has a sordid history of racism. Going back to its foundations, the abortion movement has resulted in a disproportionate number of abortions of black babies. This is in line with the eugenicist goals of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, as well as many early proponents of abortion.

Planned Parenthood founder and abortion activist Margaret Sanger was an open eugenicist and saw abortion as a way to rid the world of those whom she deemed “unfit” to live. Sanger viewed black babies among those she deemed unfit, and she even said at one point, “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” (RELATED: Andrew Yang Says Democrats Only Have Themselves To Blame For Supreme Court Overturning Roe V. Wade)

Abortion activist Sanger also addressed a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1926 in New Jersey. Sanger mentions this in her autobiography, adding that her speech led to, “a dozen invitations to speak to similar groups.”

Sanger also claimed the indigenous people of Australia as incapable of controlling themselves sexually.

“It is said that the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development, has so little sexual control that police authority alone prevents him from obtaining sexual satisfaction on the streets,” Sanger said in her book “What Every Girl Should Know.”

In a November 1921 issue of The Birth Control Review, founded and edited by Sanger, the Planned Parenthood founder wrote about how her project could be used to, “create a race of thoroughbreds.”  The same publication featured an essay in its April 1933 issue by  Theodore Russell Robie, who stated that unless we start eliminating the unwanted from society, “the result will be a decrease in the quality of our racial stock.” Later in the same issue, the authors praise sterilization. “Sterilization as a legally recommended measure is little more than twenty five years old, but recognition of its possibilities as an instrument for race betterment is active and constructive.”

To make matters even worse, in 1933 Sanger’s journal ran an essay by Nazi eugenicist Ernst Rudin. The essay, titled “Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need,” stated that, “My experience has led me to the conclusion that systematic and careful propaganda should be undertaken where sterilization is advisable.” Rudin was brought on as an expert in “racial Hygiene” by the Third Reich’s Expert Committee on Questions of Population and Racial Policy the same year he published this essay in Sanger’s journal. Rudin believed in, “the value of eliminating young children of clearly inferior quality,” and was awarded the “Goethe medal for art and science” by Adolf Hitler himself in 1939. Hitler praised him as a, “pathfinder in the field of hereditary hygiene.”

Notorious white supremacist Lothrop Stoddard served on the board of directors for the American Birth Control League, the precursor to what is now Planned Parenthood. Stoddard authored the book “The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy” in 1920, which bemoans the population growth of black people and the end of white supremacy. (RELATED: Democratic Candidates Waste No Time Begging For Money Off Dobbs Decision)

The legacy of Sanger’s eugenicist goal to exterminate subsets of humans, many of whom were racial minorities she disliked, is still felt today.

79% of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are within walking distance of black and hispanic neighborhoods. In Mississippi, a 2019 report found that 74% of the state’s abortion were performed on black women. In New York City in 2012, more black babies were aborted than born alive.

While pro-abortion activists often claim that laws restricting abortion hurt black women, it is clear that abortions are disproportionately limiting the black population more than the white population. The history of abortion, its effects on blacks and abortion activist Margaret Sanger’s stated opinions on race should give one cause for second thought.