Planned Parenthood: A Black-Family Destroyer?

Rush Limbaugh's conservative claim undermines the benefits of the women's health group.

Rush Limbaugh (Ethan Miller/Getty Images Entertainment)
Rush Limbaugh (Ethan Miller/Getty Images Entertainment)

(The Root) — One of the more annoying ploys that occasionally gets pulled out of the Republican bag of tricks is the  “But what about the Negroes?” shell game. I call it a ploy because it can’t be argued in any reasonable fashion that the GOP actively wants to help the black community. They don’t feel it necessary to reach out to us in the first place, even when they need our vote — let alone with any active attempt to help with issues unique to our population. But when it fits their agenda, Republicans magically remember the Negro American and seek to explain how their political position is actually a pro-black ideology.

So when Rush Limbaugh — champion of black people everywhere — starts explaining how Planned Parenthood is destroying the black family, I find myself quietly and softly chuckling. In this recorded bit (at about the 1:55 mark), captured on Media Matters from the Dec. 3 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show, he said:

” … Planned Parenthood is all about family planning, but not the kind you’re thinking about. It’s called elimination of black families; that’s what Margaret Sanger was about.”

He continued:

“Planned Parenthood. Well, does that not sound really nice? [We’re] going to teach you how to plan your parenthood, plan your family. We’re going to teach you how to do it right. No. We’re going to teach you how to not have one — is what Planned Parenthood is all about.”

This is a popular narrative coming from white Republicans and some members of the black community. By attacking Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, for some of her very controversial stances, many believe they can prove that the organization is nothing more than a black-genocide factory. I’m expecting in the comments of this very blog post that someone will attempt to explain how Planned Parenthood and abortion are all about destroying the black family.

The arguments about a woman’s right to choose, the concept of control over her own body, the role of economics in raising a child and various other valid arguments always get thrown out the window. The fact that Planned Parenthood offers so much more than abortions gets buried in the righteous rage of saving black babies. So I won’t waste too many of my own words on this — instead I’ll post a testimony by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) during the 2011 congressional hearings to defund Planned Parenthood. Listen to her break down this whole issue.

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