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Would you go to a KKK rally? Planned Parenthood’s founder did.

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The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) doesn’t have a great image: members get stereotyped as bigots who wear creepy costumes and start fires. In 2015, photographer Peter van Agtmael visited some KKK events. Did he find the Klan to be far more nuanced and diverse than the public assumes?

Nope. Apparently some stereotypes are legit.

The photos show burning crosses, a noose, and people dressed in robes (there’s a dog dressed in them too). One features a poster of Holocaust victim Anne Frank that reads, “Hide and Seek World Champion 1942-1944.” After seeing these folks, you might ask yourself, “Who would ever want to be around them?”

Planned Parenthood’s founder did.

Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion chain, and it named an award after its founder, Margaret Sanger. What did Sanger stand for? Well, she supported “drastic immigration laws” to promote “race betterment.” She also spoke at a KKK meeting, something she recounted on page 366 of her autobiography.

The speech must have been well received as “a dozen invitations to speak to similar groups” followed. The KKK had spent decades inflicting violence, but that didn’t dissuade Sanger. To her, “any aroused group was a good group.” The organization she started is ready to work with racists too: in 2008, Planned Parenthood officials agreed to take donations from people wanting to see black children aborted.

I suppose that isn’t surprising; after all, Planned Parenthood began receiving federal funds under President Richard Nixon, a fact its boss, Cecile Richards, praised him for in 2012. Audio recordings also show he favored aborting mixed race children and cited abortion as a means “to control the negro bastards.”

Planned Parenthood has also stepped into controversy with its opposition to laws that protect children from race- and sex-selective abortions.

Of course, Planned Parenthood isn’t just willing to work with racists — pimps and predators also get a hand. One of their clinic directors was caught offering to arrange forced abortions on underage prostitutes who “can’t speak English” and “won’t know what’s going on.”

And here’s a list of ten child rapists who stayed out of jail thanks to cover-up abortions from Planned Parenthood.

If assisting pimps, predators and bigots isn’t on your to-do list, then Live Action has a suggestion: tell Congress that Planned Parenthood’s half billion dollars in funding should go to federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and community health centers (CHCs) instead. FQHCs and CHCs are more accessible and offer a greater range of services. Last year, they performed over five hundred thousand mammograms. Planned Parenthood? Zero.

While Planned Parenthood’s founder might have been okay with going to a Klan event, most Americans aren’t. They shouldn’t be okay with funding the outfit she started, either.

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