No, Ben Carson: Planned Parenthood Does NOT Force Black Women To Have Abortions (VIDEO)
Last week Ben Carson made yet another attempt to convince people that the totally-not-racist Republican Party is good for black people. This time, he went on Fox News and claimed Planned Parenthood is some kind of white, feminist plot to force black women to have abortions.
“And one of the reasons you find most of their clinics in black neighborhoods is so you that you can find a way to control that population.”
There’s just one problem with Ben Carson’s claim, of course: It isn’t true. Then, he added a common fallacy about Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger.
“I know who Margaret Sanger is and I know that she believed in eugenics and that she was not particularly enamored with black people.”
That’s right. Ben Carson and other so-called “pro-lifers” — who would rather let a woman die from pregnancy-related complications or be forced to carry her rapist’s baby to to term than allow her any reproductive rights whatsoever — has basically co-opted the #BlackLivesMatter movement so they can claim that black BABY lives matter too. How conveeeeenient.
But on Sunday, Martha Raddatz from ABC’s This Week called Ben Carson to the carpet on this outrageous claim. For starters, the majority of Planned Parenthood clinics are NOT located in black neighborhoods.
“Planned Parenthood estimates that fewer than five percent of its health centers are located in areas where more than one-third of the population is African-American.”
Watch Martha Raddatz Debunk Ben Carson on ABC.
Alas, instead of taking it like a man, Ben Carson thinks he can find “data quite contrary to that,” and we believe him: That’s what Fox News and World Nut Daily are for. He then goes back to attacking Sanger for her alleged black baby murder mission, and manages to piss off Martha Raddatz while mansplaining why women shouldn’t even be able to have an abortion in cases of rape and incest.
But NPR has also debunked the vicious lies about Margaret Sanger’s supposed racism.
Yes, Sanger was involved in the eugenics movement. Like many healthcare professionals and advocates of her time 1879-1966), she believed that if people with desirable qualities (good health, strong work ethic, intelligence, etc.) had children and supposedly less desirable people didn’t, society would be better off. While these beliefs are terrifying, especially when taken to the extreme as Adolf Hitler and his Nazi followers did, they were common in her time.
Yet Margaret Sanger’s main motivation in promoting birth control for women and launching Planned Parenthood was a deeply held belief that was revolutionary for her time and is still unacceptable to men like Ben Carson: That women should have the right and the ability to choose whether or not to have children.
She passionately believed that all women of all races, incomes and religions should have this right.
Nor is there any evidence at all that Margaret Sanger held racist views or thought black people were at all inferior (i.e. candidates for eugenics). In the 1940s, she wrote that “negro” parents — like white parents — deserve the chance to choose and cherish their children.
“The Negro race has reached a place in its history when every possible effort should be made to have every Negro child count as a valuable contribution to the future of America. Negro parents, like all parents, must create the next generation from strength, not from weakness; from health, not from despair.”
Ben Carson also loves associating Sanger (and Hillary Clinton) with Nazis, but Planned Parenthood’s founder had absolutely nothing to do with Adolf Hitler or Nazi Germany.
With that all said, NPR reminds us that Ben Carson is tapping into some legitimate concerns floating around, that we need to address. After all, when many black communities have only women’s health/birth control clinics available and no primary care facilities, that’s bound to make some people wonder about the surrounding area’s priorities. And many will never forget the U.S. government’s role in the Tuskeegee syphilis experiments.
Although this ugly rumor is mostly being circulated by Ben Carson’s fellow Tea Partiers, Mother Jones reports it started in the 1970s by the likes of the Black Panthers and Jesse Jackson.
“This idea goes back to the early 1970s, when the Black Panthers claimed that abortion would “destroy our people” and Jesse Jackson told Jet that “abortion is genocide.”