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Civil Rights Violations: Why America Doesn’t Need Planned Parenthood

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While the U.S. honors 50 years of civil rights, Planned Parenthood has committed nearly 100 years of civil wrongs.

This past week our nation celebrated the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Twenty-fourteen marks the fiftieth year since the passing of this influential bill. The bill, which was signed by former president Lyndon B. Johnson, changed the face of America for the better. CNN reports:

The law revolutionized a country where blacks and whites could not eat together in public restaurants under Jim Crow laws, or stay at the same hotel. It outlawed discrimination in public places and facilities and banned discrimination based on race, gender, religion or national origin by employers and government agencies. It also encouraged the desegregation of public schools.

Sadly, 50 years later, African-Americans are still facing a massive injustice. Abortion is the #1 killer in black America. Blacks now have the right to drink from any water fountain we desire, and we can go to any school we work hard to get accepted to. However, those rights pale in comparison to the right to life. Over 13 million black lives have been terminated through abortion. The privileges our ancestors fought for do us little good if we are steadily decreasing as a people group.

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In a 2009 interview for a NY Times article, writer Emily Bazelon asked Supreme Court Justice Ruth Badger Ginsburg for her thoughts on abortion, and specifically on making abortions more available for low-income women. Bazelon asks:

Q: Are you talking about the distances women have to travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?

JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae — in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.

Population growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of?

What would make Ginsburg think concern over the population growth of a certain people group would be a factor in favor of Roe v. Wade? Bazelon clearly wasn’t too curious to find out, seeing as how she didn’t ask a follow-up question or even remark on Ginsburg’s revealing words.

Yet the answer is found in the history of Planned Parenthood. Years ago, there was a concern about the population growth of black Americans, and Planned Parenthood sought to do something about it. This is seen in their disproportionate “outreach” to blacks and Hispanics as well as the forced sterilizations they supported.

Planned Parenthood prides itself on being a defender of poor, low-income women in need of abortion assistance. But in reality, the corporation is arguably one of the most destructive our nation has ever seen.

We are celebrating 50 years of civil rights while still accepting almost 100 years of Planned Parenthood’s civil wrongs. Is a baby in the womb less valuable than a black man in the voting booth? In a society that fights for equality, I think it’s time to seek true justice for all.

Editor’s Note: To catch up on our “Why America Doesn’t Need Planned Parenthood” series, take a look at the following articles, and come back every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next few weeks.

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